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Students build exoskeleton for paraplegics

05.06.2024

Students at TU Berlin have developed an exoskeleton that enables people with paraplegia to walk and overcome obstacles. Their project, called RISE (Research and Innovation in Student Exoskeleton development), which will be competing in this year's CYBATHLON in October, promises greater mobility and independence.
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Photo collage: Rehabilitation robotics at REHACARE 2023, including solutions for gamification in rehabilitation and the use of an exoskeleton; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/tillmann, Andreas Wiese

Messe Düsseldorf/tillmann, Messe Düsseldorf/Andreas Wiese

Global market for robotics in rehabilitation continues to grow

27.05.2024

Robotics is increasingly becoming a central component of rehabilitation. It is predicted that global sales in rehabilitation robotics will exceed the one billion US dollar mark by 2030. But how are robotic systems currently being used and what innovations could we see in the coming years?
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Photo: A group of five men stand in front of THERA-Trainer lyra and smile into the camera; Copyright: THERA-Trainer

THERA-Trainer

Gait rehabilitation – learning to walk again with robotics

19.03.2024

Dr. Martin Schorl, Head of Neurology at the Waldburg-Zeil Clinic in Bad Wurzach, Germany, describes the new robotics-based therapy offering with the help of the THERA-Trainer lyra as the "gold standard" in gait rehabilitation. The service helps severely affected patients who had a stroke or other damage to the nervous system to learn to walk again.
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Lifestyle: Live your dream – traction devices for wheelchairs and more

18.09.2023

Life is too short for boredom. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses also want pursue their dreams, passions and hobbies like anyone else. Sometimes this requires special assistance devices. What these are and what possibilities they offer, we wanted to know from the exhibitors at REHACARE.
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NextGuide: White cane with directional guide

18.09.2023

Development teams from a wide range of aids compete against each other in the CYBATHLON at ETH Zurich to test new solutions in a fair competition. At REHACARE, ETH Zurich will present the CYBATHLON and its various competition disciplines. One of the developer teams present is NextGuide, which has developed an intelligent cane for the blind.
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For the future of all children

15.09.2023

For children to be our future, we must first provide them with a future. Children and young people with a disability or chronic illness need special assistive devices adapted to their body size and developmental stages. Here, other factors play a role than in the case of devices for adults. We looked around at REHACARE for solutions for young people.
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Dare to make a new start – manage the return to work

14.09.2023

Many people living with a disability or chronic illness face particular challenges in the labour market. Prejudices, structural barriers in road traffic or in buildings, lack of confidence in their own abilities – the list is long. At REHACARE, various authorities, institutions and associations present possibilities and give practical tips on how to get back into work or to reorient oneself.
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Photo: A person stands up from a wheelchair with an exoskeleton; linked to video

Strengthen and protect the body with exoskeletons

14.09.2023

Science fiction a few years ago, exoskeletons are already a reality today. But while they are used regularly in some industries to lift heavy loads, their use in care or in the area of self-determined mobility is still the exception. At REHACARE, various companies will present their ideas and solutions with which those affected and carers could benefit from this technology now and in the future.
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CYBATHLON: Competition promotes progress

14.09.2023

New techniques, technologies, strategies and ideas have always been particularly important when competing against rivals. In the CYBATHLON, people with disabilities, supported by the latest developments from the assistive technology industry, regularly compete against each other to test new innovations under sporting and fair conditions.
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Unique in function and design: adaptive clothing from FunWear

14.09.2023

Ideas for adaptive clothing – directly from the life experiences of a family. This is what FunWear from Poland stands for. The family business develops and sells clothing for people with individual needs. At REHACARE, we spoke with family father and co-owner Lukasz Wysocki.
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Invictus Games – A home for respect

13.09.2023

Soldiers who have suffered physical or psychological injuries in the field have long been left alone to deal with their problems. The Invictus Games, launched in 2014 by Britain's Prince Harry, now give these people a chance to be seen and to compete against each other in sport. The competitions will take place parallel to REHACARE until 16.09.2023 at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition centre.
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Breaking freezing: Ossenberg presents anti-freezing walking stick

13.09.2023

Many people with Parkinson's are familiar with the sudden freezing when walking – so called freezing. When the feeling of paralysis sets in, nothing works anymore. Ossenberg GmbH has taken on the problem and developed a special anti-freezing walking stick. Björn Furche, project manager at Ossenberg, explains at REHACARE how exactly the cane can break freezing.
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Decide for yourself where you go: intelligent wheelchair control for complex movement disorders

11.09.2023

CoMoveIT's new control system for power wheelchairs offers entirely new possibilities in terms of mobility. With two foot pedals and three sophisticated sensors on the headpiece, this groundbreaking system enables intuitive and independent control of one's own power wheelchair.
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Photo: collage of two images: Left: two little girls sitting in rompers by JOF. Right: a teenage girl poses in a romper suit from JOF; Copyright: JOF

JOF

Self-determined through everyday life: assistive devices for children and young people

04.09.2023

Getting dressed, eating, getting around – what are normal everyday activities for many can sometimes be challenging for children and young people with disabilities and their guardians. Many companies therefore offer a wide variety of solutions to ensure that self-determination and well-being are accessible to all.
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Eat, grasp and communicate independently again: assistive device highlights at HIDREX

25.08.2023

Doing vital things that were previously only possible with the help of others independently again – this is made possible by the assisstive devices from HIDREX GmbH. With the Obi robot (an adaptive eating device), for example, people can eat independently. The carbon hand of HIDREX offers reliable and powerful grasping. The company also offers various solutions for aided communication.
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Photo: Numerous people stand and sit around the booth of ReWalk Robotics at the REHACARE trade fair. The employees stand in front of a large screen; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

ReWalk Robotics applauds Medicare Proposal for coverage of Personal Exoskeletons

07.08.2023

ReWalk Robotics supports CMS proposal to include personal exoskeletons in Medicare benefit category for braces, aiming to expedite coverage and improve access to innovative technologies for individuals with neurological conditions. Stakeholders have a 60-day comment period to provide feedback before the expected finalization of the rule in early November.
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Photo: Patient wearing a prostethic limb. In the background: several medical devices and prostheses; Copyright: Chalmers University of Technology/Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Chalmers University of Technology/Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Revolutionary surgical advancement enables full finger control in bionic hand

02.08.2023

A groundbreaking surgical and engineering advancement has allowed a person with an arm amputation to control each finger of a bionic hand as if it were their own. By reconfiguring the residual limb and integrating sensors and a skeletal implant, the prosthesis can now be controlled using A.I. algorithms and nerve rewiring, offering new possibilities for amputees.
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Pride Mobility

Power lift chairs are for everyone

24.07.2023

Power lift chairs from Pride Mobility offer increased mobility support at home with stylish and compact designs. They provide powerful lift functions, enhanced comfort, and luxury features like heated seats and massage functions, making them a game-changer for people with mobility disabilities or those recovering from injuries.
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Photo: the flags of the REHACARE trade fair waving in the wind against a blue sky; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Digitalization and robotics: REHACARE has a finger on the pulse

26.06.2023

As a trade fair for rehabilitation and care, REHACARE has been a meeting place for people who work in this specialist field or individuals who themselves have a disability and their relatives for over 40 years. Each come to discover the latest developments and opportunities, for example in the field of aids, training and careers, therapy or travel/leisure.
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Photo: a young woman sits on a sofa wearing VR glasses, she has both hands raised, the left hand is a prosthetic arm; Copyright: envato/StudioVK

envato/StudioVK

Digitization and robotics in the assistive technology industry

26.06.2023

The topics of digitization and robotics are becoming increasingly tangible for us and, in many cases, they enrich our lives. They also offer a great support for people with disabilities. Speech computers can give people without the ability to speak a voice again, apps improve the effectiveness of hearing aids and care robots are already helping within retirement and nursing homes.
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Image: A laboratory where you can see many devices and a hand with smart artificial skin; Copyright: Helmut Lunghammer – TU Graz

Helmut Lunghammer – TU Graz

Smart artificial skin in application check stage

19.06.2023

The smart skin developed by Anna Maria Coclite has many potential applications – from robotics and cosmetic surgery to prosthetics. With an ERC Proof of Concept Grant, the researcher is now exploring its possible practical applications.
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Photo: Young man wearing the transradial prosthesis at the Cybathlon 2023 event; Copyright: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech

A low-cost robotic arm as an alternative to conventional prostheses

30.05.2023

ARM2u is a team of 15 students from BarcelonaTech, developing a customizable robotic arm prosthesis controlled by the user's muscle contractions, with plans to compete in the Cybathlon 2024 event. Their aim is to market a low-cost prosthesis made with 3D printing technology.
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POSTECH

Electronic skin as flexible as crocodile skin

22.05.2023

The development of electronic skin with multiple senses is essential for various fields, including rehabilitation, healthcare, prosthetic limbs, and robotics. One of the key components of this technology is stretchable pressure sensors, which can detect various types of touch and pressure.
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Image: A man in the ergoflix LX foldable electric wheelchair sits outside with a woman and a picnic basket; Copyright: ergoflix

ergoflix

Folding electric wheelchairs by ergoflix: adding more joy to life with the right mobility solution

18.04.2023

Autonomy instead of dependency, social inclusion instead of social isolation – that's the motto of ergoflix. Leveraging high levels of motivation and conviction, the medical equipment manufacturer is committed to making it easier to access smart and aesthetic mobility equipment. The company developed a series of foldable electric wheelchair models that promote an active and flexible lifestyle.
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Image: Denise walks along the water with the smart leg orthosis C-Brace; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock

Ottobock: a new lease of life with an app-controlled leg orthosis

15.03.2023

Denise was 29 years old when she underwent disc surgery – a seemingly harmless procedure. However, the surgery didn't go as smoothly as planned and when she woke up from anaesthesia, she could no longer feel her right thigh. The diagnosis: incomplete paraplegia. The world's first smart leg orthosis, the C-Brace® has given the mother of two new mobility and improved her quality of life.
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Image: A paralyzed individual walks up the stairs to visit a friend's home using her ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics Ltd.

ReWalk Robotics Ltd.

ReWalk exoskeleton receives FDA clearance for stairs and curbs

13.03.2023

ReWalk, a leading provider of innovative technologies that enable mobility and wellness in rehabilitation and daily life for individuals with neurological conditions, announced that its innovative ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton technology has received clearance from the FDA for use on stairs and curbs in the US, making it the only personal exoskeleton to receive FDA clearance for this indication.
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DC_Studio

Neural prosthesis uses brain activity to decode speech

06.03.2023

Researchers from HSE University and the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry have developed a machine learning model that can predict the word about to be uttered by a subject based on their neural activity recorded with a small set of minimally invasive electrodes.
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Image: An elderly man uses a Kinova arm support system to drink a cup of coffee; Copyright: Focal Meditech/ Kinova Europe GmbH

Focal Meditech/ Kinova Europe GmbH

Kinova: new dynamic arm support systems

08.02.2023

Kinova, a leading global provider of robotic solutions for people with disabilities, is adding two dynamic arm support systems to its portfolio. With the Gowing² and the Dowing² from Dutch manufacturer Focal Meditech, Kinova completes the supply chain for people who have limited arm function due to a disease or accident.
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Rehabilitation: Becoming mobile with virtual worlds and robotics

13.12.2022

Above all, rehabilitation requires energy and motivation. Exhibitors at REHACARE 2022 want to achieve the latter with the help of virtual worlds and robotics. For example, the VR goggles from CUREosity GmbH offer exciting worlds of play, while Cyberdyne Care Robotics GmbH uses a robotic gait trainer for paraplegics and MS patients. Tyromotion GmbH also relies on robotics for its therapy devices.
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Photo: View into the forum PRODUCTS & NEWS @REHACARE at REHACARE 2022; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

REHACARE 2022: Innovations and the latest news from the PRODUCTS & NEWS @REHACARE Expert Forum

12.12.2022

Humans have always been resourceful when it came to creating solutions to compensate for physical disabilities. In ancient Egypt, prosthetic devices for the big toe provided suppor. It’s anyone’s guess how well or badly their respective users could walk or eat with these tools. We know that they could not visit the REHACARE trade fair back in those days.
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Photo: Girl sitting on the floor with a dog. She wears the Exopulse Mollii Suit; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock

Assistive technology for children with disabilities: Product variety promotes participation

30.11.2022

Children need room to roam, explore, and learn how to set and respect boundaries. Unfortunately, children with disabilities may encounter barriers when it comes to these life activities. Luckily, there is a myriad of assistive technology devices to face any obstacle: REHACARE 2022 showcased tools that ran the gamut from car seats, rehab buggies to standing mobility and movement devices.
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Photo: Nurse kneels with tablet in hand next to a seated patient; Copyright: DigiRehab GmbH

DigiRehab GmbH

Quo vadis, digitalization in rehabilitation and physiotherapy?

12.10.2022

Usability, autonomy, modernity – that's what digital components should add to rehabilitation and physiotherapy. This benefits both patients and professionals according to manufacturers of new technologies and software. Conversations with experts about the current situation and the future reveal how the industry is dynamic and ever evolving.
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Photo: Lukas Gloßner smiling next to his new ReWalk Personal exoskeleton; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics GmbH

ReWalk Robotics GmbH

100th ReWalk Exoskeleton Supplied in Germany

25.07.2022

ReWalk Robotics announces the 100th placement in Germany with an exoskeleton. The 100th insured in Germany is Lukas Gloßner, who is happy about his ReWalk exoskeleton.
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Photo: Detail of an ankle exoskeleton; Copyright: University of Michigan/Robotics Institute

University of Michigan/Robotics Institute

Exoskeletons: Achieving comfort in less than two minutes

04.04.2022

Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Stuttgart developed a method by which users can adjust exoskeletons themselves.
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ReWalk Robotics Ltd.

ReWalk enters supply contract with German health insurance company

10.03.2021

ReWalk Robotics, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of robotic medical devices for people with lower extremity disabilities, has entered into a contract with BKK Mobil Oil Insurance to provide ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton devices to its eligible beneficiaries with spinal cord injury.
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Photo: Mela Ikanovic and a ReWalker at the trade fair booth of ReWalk Robotics; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics: Optimal supply thanks to the latest robotic technology

10.06.2020

Rehabilitation and robotics increasingly go hand in hand. That’s why it is crucial to ensure the quality of robotic rehabilitation at any level. How important is it for companies like ReWalk Robotics to have the support of health insurance companies? REHACARE.com asked and also learned about the company’s future hopes for the industry.
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Photo: Woman with hand orthosis CARBONHAND pouring herself a drink; Copyright: beta-web

beta-web

Smart mobility for arms and hands thanks to robotic systems

27.04.2020

Grabbing things, eating and drinking on your own – no matter how well your own hand or arm is still able to function. EXXOMOVE® UG aims to make it a reality. The company’s BATEO assistive robotic arm and CARBONHAND hand orthosis promote self-determination and mobility of people who are impaired in their motor skills as the result of an accident or disability.
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Assistive Robotics: 12 years of quality with Kinova

19.09.2019

It all started with a robotic arm. Nowadays the products of the Canadian company Kinova can perform many functions of a human arm. At REHACARE 2019, Kinova will give an insight into the high quality standards of assistive robotics.
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