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Brand evolution in medical technology: Ottobock as a human empowerment brand

21.02.2024

The goal of connecting people with disabilities, boosting their visibility and giving them courage has been an integral part of Ottobock’s DNA for more than 100 years. The brand relaunch for the healthtech company based in Lower Saxony builds on this, to be fit for the future in which digital will be a growth driver.
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HASE BIKES

E-trike with Easy Rider vibe: The new TRIGO UP E from HASE BIKES

11.10.2023

The TRIGO UP E by HASE BIKES is a versatile recumbent trike designed for riders of all ages and physical conditions, offering easy access and stability with its low frame and delta trike configuration. It prioritizes rider comfort with adjustable features, and its powerful motor, ample storage options, and adaptability make it a great choice for various users and preferences.
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Mencap

Harvey Price sets new Guinness World Record

25.09.2023

Harvey Price, son of Katie Price, has set a Guinness World Record for creating a 20-meter-long drawing of a train during Mencap's Learning Disability Week. He proudly displayed the record next to his mother, challenging misconceptions about learning disabilities.
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HASE BIKES

Compact Cargo Bike for Urban Riders: The GRAVIT CITY E from HASE BIKES

11.09.2023

Hase Bikes introduces the GRAVIT CITY E, a sporty and agile cargo bike that's easy to handle even without cargo. It offers versatile load-carrying options and compact storage capabilities, making it suitable for various uses and storage in small spaces.
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Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility introduces the Baja® Raptor 2 4-Wheel

04.09.2023

Pride Mobility has introduced the Baja® Raptor 2 4-Wheel, an innovative and stylish mobility device, expanding their range of products. It offers exceptional speed, comfort, and adaptivity with a focus on stability and safety, while also emphasizing user independence and choice in transportation.
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KTU

AI-based system for monitoring arm movement after stroke

04.09.2023

Researchers at Kaunas University of Technology have developed an AI-based system, including BiomacVR and BiomacEMG, aimed at aiding stroke victims' rehabilitation by monitoring arm movements through wearable technology. This technology benefits both patients and professionals, enabling precise exercise design and individualized treatment plans.
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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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Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical Wins Four Mobility Product Awards

30.08.2023

Sunrise Medical's mobility products have won awards in the 2023 Mobility Product Award program by Mobility Management. The competition was fierce, showcasing innovation in Complex Rehab Technology and mobility industries.
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Photo: Interior view of the first-generation Space Drive cockpit, which is located on the road and has various digital extras; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

25 years PARAVAN, 20 years Drive-by-Wire, 15 years wheelchair construction

28.08.2023

Roland Arnold founded PARAVAN after learning about the challenges of accessibility and developed technical solutions for people with disabilities, including a drive-by-wire system for controlling cars. The company has continued to develop since then, expanding its product portfolio and working on innovative solutions for autonomous vehicles.
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Ribcap

Revolutionary head protection solution Ribcap

23.08.2023

Ribcap is an innovative head protection solution that combines the comfort of a beanie with helmet-like safety. Its unique design offers style and protection, particularly benefiting those with medical conditions or sensitivities, and it holds value for occupational therapists seeking a safe and stylish headgear for patients in various settings.
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Pride Mobility

Jazzy® EVO 613Li and Jazzy® EVO 614HD from Pride Mobility earn awards

21.08.2023

The two power wheelchairs Jazzy® EVO 613Li and Jazzy® EVO 614HD by Pride Mobility won 2023 Mobility Product Awards for their excellent performance. The Jazzy EVO 613Li offers a nimble ride with Mid-Wheel 6® tech, while the Jazzy EVO 614HD excels in strength and terrain versatility.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN premiere Hyundai STARIA: Expressive design with plenty of space

16.08.2023

The new PARAVAN Hyundai STARIA is a modern wheelchair-accessible multivan that can be customized and is available with various features such as a cassette lift, drive and steering system, and voice control. Thanks to a lowered vehicle floor, it offers spacious interior space for wheelchair and passengers.
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Image: a young man wearing a jacket and beanie sits in a FUSE R active wheelchair. In the background you can see snowy mountains of Switzerland; Copyright: MEYRA GmbH

MEYRA GmbH

FUSE R: Active wheelchair with rigid frame by MEYRA® and Rainer Küschall

15.08.2023

In a groundbreaking partnership in wheelchair history, MEYRA® and Rainer Küschall, a Swiss wheelchair industry pioneer, have co-developed an active rigid frame wheelchair. The cutting-edge FUSE R marries Küschall's vast expertise with the pinnacle of MEYRA's recent research and development efforts.
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Photo: Zainab Al-Eqabi wears the Taleo Adjust prosthetic foot on the left, which allows her to wear high white shoes. She herself is sitting on a dark chair; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Height-adjustable prosthetic foot offers more flexibility

09.08.2023

The medical technology company Ottobock has launched the height-adjustable Taleo Adjust prosthetic foot, which allows people with prosthetic legs to freely choose between different types of shoes. Thanks to feedback from users such as Zainab Al-Eqabi, the user-friendliness of the prosthetic foot has been improved.
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munevo GmbH

National Seating & Mobility becomes the first national provider in the US to supply munevo DRIVE technology

31.07.2023

National Seating & Mobility (NSM), the largest provider of mobility solutions in North America, has partnered with munevo, Inc. to introduce the munevo DRIVE smart glass alternative drive control for power wheelchairs in the U.S., providing greater independence and freedom for power chair users through innovative technology.
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Sunrise Medical

SWITCH-IT Vigo Head Drive named Scandinavian Health & Rehab Messe's 2023 New Product of the Year

12.07.2023

Sunrise Medical Group won the "New Product of the Year" award at the Scandinavian Health & Rehab Messe 2023 in Denmark for their Switch-It Vigo Head Drive. The innovative device impressed judges with its sleek design, practical functionality, and the potential for further development.
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MEYRA GmbH

MEYRA and Rainer Küschall developed FUSE R active rigid frame wheelchair

05.07.2023

The FUSE R is an active wheelchair that combines the best features and developments from MEYRA GmbH and Rainer Küschall. In addition to a modern rigid frame, it offers individual adjustment of seat height and center of gravity via the seat module, various customization options and a wide range of colors.
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Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG

Rollator Torro by Drive Medical is expanding

03.07.2023

Drive Medical is expanding its series around the lightweight rollator Torro with the Torro Acero. Despite its low weight, this rollator can carry loads of up to 150 kilograms and can be used both indoors and outdoors. It also offers comfort thanks to its large and soft seats.
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Photo: Blonde woman in an electric vehicle wears the Exopulse Mollii Suit and drives across a rural environment To her right and left, one of her children on a scooter each; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock

"Superhero suit" gives hope to people with MS

07.06.2023

The neuromodulation suit "Exopulse Mollii Suit" helps people with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke and other neurological disorders that cause similar symptoms. 58 electrodes stimulate individually affected muscle groups. This activates the muscles and reduces spasticity, which provides a reduction in pain.
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Ottobock

Easier through everyday life – with the new Ottobock Quickchange Adapter

19.04.2023

The company Ottobock has launched the Quickchange Adapter 4R11, which allows amputees to independently detach and reattach their prosthetic components from the prosthetic socket. The product was developed in close cooperation with users.
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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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rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH

3D printing in orthopedics

03.03.2023

3D printing has become an indispensable tool in many areas, including the assistive technology industry and patient care. Ever-better printers and customization options for articulated support splints or prosthetic devices benefit both care providers and users.
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envato/LightFieldStudios

Living with dementia: practical tools make daily living easier

13.02.2023

Forgetfulness is often one of the first recognizable signs of dementia. In its early stages, the condition initially affects short-term memory and gradually progresses to more long-term memory loss. Yet there are many accompanying symptoms that make daily living for people with dementia challenging.
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Image: A young girl straightens up in the electric children's wheelchair to reach a glass of juice on a higher counter; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

Children's wheelchairs by PARAVAN: independent standing, lying, sitting and tilting

01.02.2023

At the rehaKIND congress, PARAVAN presents the versatile wheelchair portfolio of the PR series for children with a seat concept that grows with the child. There is a wide range of possible uses. With the adaptable power wheelchairs, children are in the middle of the action and not just there.
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Andrea Mocellin

Accessible traveling: foldable wheelchair by Revolve Mobility

18.10.2022

How can traveling become more accessible and more self-determined for wheelchair users – especially when traveling by plane or taking a cab? This is the question Andrea Mocellin wanted to address when he started inventing Revolve Air. His solution: a wheelchair with foldable wheels and a foldable frame.
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Genny Mobility

Genny’s self-balancing and two wheeled wheelchair gets an upgrade – revealed at REHACARE 2022

01.09.2022

Inspired by the self-balancing Segway, Genny Mobility developed a wheelchair equivalent. What started as a newbie on the mobility aids market, now is ready for its third generation. The new wheelchair will be revealed in two weeks at this year’s REHACARE. Francesca Belotti allows for a little glimpse into what we can expect.
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Shower stools, chairs and folding seats from Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare

29.08.2022

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare offers a wide range of shower stools, chairs and folding seats. Shower chairs are all equipped with backrests and usually with armrests. Another space-saving shower companion can be mounted on the wall and easily fold up and down. In this way, the company wants to provide comfort and stability.
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New Accessory for HASE BIKES PINO and Trikes: Adjustable Seat Cover for Ergonomic Cycling

29.08.2022

The Vario Comfort seat cover from HASE BIKES promises support for recumbent cycling through variably adjustable padding and is reliably attached to the seat frame with velcro straps. Wedge cushions ensure a good fit and can be attached at six different sites.
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New LEPUS E from HASE BIKES: Comfort Trike with Electric Start Assist

17.08.2022

The LEPUS E from HASE BIKES is ideal for people with leg-strength issues. It features a start-assist function, that gets the wheels rolling without pedaling and accelerates the trike to 6 km/h (4 mph). Besides this start assist with motor power it offers a delta trike with full suspension and accessories for every need and purpose.
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Ekso Bionics Europe GmbH

Exoskeletons in rehabilitation

28.07.2022

A stroke or an accident are life-changing events since many survivors experience limitations of mobility. Not all patients regain full mobility with subsequent rehabilitation. Some physical restrictions may persist, making adaptive equipment and assistive technologies necessary. Exoskeleton use in rehabilitation shows promise for better treatment results.
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Alain Zanchetta

Alain Zanchetta – That's how he rolls

27.07.2022

Alain Zanchetta is a fighter. He would have to overcome difficulties early on, but he has gained a lot of strength and confidence as a result. As a designer, he develops inclusive design products himself to help other people. At the same time, his job offers him the security and perspective he craves. At REHACARE.com he tells us how he rolls otherwise.
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Photo: Man sitting in a wheelchair to which the Empulse StreetJet traction device is attached. In the background: a mountain landscape; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

Ready to go in a flash: the new Empulse StreetJet traction device

18.07.2022

The new Empulse StreetJet traction device from Sunrise Medical features a patented "One Touch" docking mechanism, various pneumatic tire options and other advanced solutions to promote effortless progress for wheelchair users.
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Sunrise Medical

QUICKIE Nitrum wins Red Dot Award

11.05.2022

After other numerous awards the QUICKIE Nitrum® from Sunrise Medical has received the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2022 from Germany. The company also unveiled new tools with the launch of QUICKIE Nitrum, including the highly innovative 3D visualizer and the illustration tool with augmented reality technology.
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PantherMedia / HayDmitriy

Adaptive clothing: designed to fit

28.03.2022

Clothes should fit comfortably. They should make you feel great and be easy to put on and take off. Unfortunately, many "off-the-rack" clothes don’t meet these criteria. Those who don’t sport the measurements of the average woman or man find themselves at a distinct disadvantage. This includes people who use wheelchairs and people with restricted mobility.
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Pandhora S.r.l.

Light weight, beautifully styled and ergonomic – wheelchair design continues to evolve

16.12.2021

When you think of a wheelchair, you don’t necessarily consider it a high-tech assistive technology that is super trendy. In the past, the device was also heavy, over-sized, and difficult to transport. All that has changed, thanks to both innovative startups and well-known industry giants.
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Friedrichstadt-Palast; Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Small, smart, connected: hearing solutions and smart home applications

28.10.2021

The latest communication technology trends also affect hearing systems: These tiny hearing amplifiers are getting smarter and can sometimes be connected to other systems. REHACARE.com recaps the latest trends in hearing aid technology, explains the present limitations and explores other applications for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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Quantum Rehab

Wish fulfilled: New 4Front wheelchair from Quantum

30.06.2021

Consumers, ATPs and clinicians asked for some improvements to the 4Front® and Quantum Rehab listened. So they launched the 4Front 2 with the new Smart Traction Control (STC), which, along with Smooth Ride Suspension (SRS), provides stability for smooth obstacle transitions and unmatched driving performance.
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iuvas medical GmbH

Better swallowing and understanding: Sophisticated aids from the field of speech therapy

15.06.2021

Some aids may play a minor role in life, but they make everyday life much easier. These include products from iuvas medical: on the one hand, the transparent mask miama, which makes communication in the pandemic clearer. On the other hand, the sippa drinking aid, in which the contents are kept constantly at the top by a membrane so that people with dysphagia can swallow more easily.
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LIFEtool

Computer-aided communication: assistive technology promotes participation

29.04.2021

Whether it is voice recognition with or without eye tracking technology, educational or speech recognition software – assistive technology builds bridges that allow people to get in touch with their surroundings.
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Quokka

Functionality included: accessories for people with disabilities

02.03.2021

Sometimes an outfit is just an outfit – perhaps it’s not terribly exciting or unique, but it does the job. But expressing your individuality from time to time never hurt anyone. How do you showcase your personal style? With the right accessories: a scarf, a belt, or a matching bag. REHACARE.com took a closer look at companies that accommodate the specific needs of people with disabilities.
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PantherMedia/Sergiy Tryapitsyn

Incontinence: Effective management with the right aid and consultation service

02.03.2021

Incontinence comes with a list of misconceptions. Yet it is quite common and should not be a taboo subject. Incontinence affects many people: besides older adults, this includes pregnant women, people who are paralyzed or children. How do you manage incontinence and self-catheterization if you are affected and what are available product options and consultation services?
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Photo collage: The turkish wheelchair basketball players Cem Gezinci, Ozgur Gurbulak and the tennis player Ugur Altinel; Copyright: ExtraWheelchairs

ExtraWheelchairs

EXTRA: Made to measure sports wheelchair for a better performance

25.09.2020

Solid and adapted – this is how auxiliary means for competitive sports such as wheelchair basketball should be. That's why EXTRA wheelchairs from Turkey offers made to measure sports wheelchairs to professional sports people. REHACARE.com talked to Demirhan Serefhan, Managing Director of EXTRA, about the importance of customization and valuable feedback directly from the basketball court.
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Photo: The TiPY keyboard for one hand; Copyright: Drory Handels GmbH

Drory Handels GmbH

"TiPY is designed to accomplish the same things with one hand as you can with a standard two-handed keyboard"

25.10.2018

Microsoft has led the way and launched an adaptive controller to enable people with physical disabilities to have nearly the same complete gaming experience as people without disabilities. Mattheaus Drory achieved a similar result. In this interview with REHACARE.com, he admits that he initially didn’t necessarily have people with disabilities in mind when he developed his one-handed keyboard.
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