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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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European Disability Forum

Designing devices for all – a perspective from the industry and the disability movement

06.11.2023

The 2023 edition of the European Accessibility Summit was organised by the European Disability Forum. Several industry representatives and disability rights activists discussed the current opportunities and trends related to accessibility, especially since the adoption of the European Accessibility Act.
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Darlene Alderson / Pexels

Digitization in therapy professions: Progress against the shortage of skilled workers?

26.10.2023

There is a shortage of skilled workers – also in the therapy sector. People who need physiotherapy, ergotherapy or speech therapy due to a disability, illness or injury often have to wait a long time for entry into a program. Progress in digitalization offers new opportunities for those affected and can relieve the burden on therapists.
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European Disability Forum

Enabling an accessible digital work environment

18.10.2023

The European Accessibility Summit discussed the importance of creating an inclusive digital work environment for workers with disabilities and promoting digital skills for all. The panel highlighted the challenges faced by people with disabilities in digital inclusion and emphasized the need for accessibility and reasonable accommodation.
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Fraunhofer IBMT

Bidirectional control of prosthetic hands using ultrasonic sensors

16.10.2023

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute are developing ultrasonic sensors to control prosthetic hands. The sensors transmit sound pulses into the muscle tissue of the arm and enable the recognition of movement patterns, which are then sent to the prosthesis in real time by an AI-controlled electronic box.
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Lea Habekost – That's how she rolls

04.10.2023

Lea Habekost loves being out in nature. Whether in the forest with her dog or in the mountains with her family – no path is too difficult for the 22-year-old. Also thanks to an additional wheel and drive for her wheelchair. Where she thinks the assistive technology industry should definitely remain flexible and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Private

Tatjana B. – That's how she rolls

20.09.2023

Her son, her husband, her neurologist – they make up Tatjana B.'s personal support team. Outside this environment, the young woman with MS would like to see more sensitivity and understanding from society – even when the symptoms of a disease are invisible. What changes she would like to see in the health care system and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Elke Paatz – That's how she rolls

06.09.2023

Sailing is a matter of the heart for Elke Paatz. She has already convinced many people at REHACARE 2022 that the sport can also be practised inclusively – and the next presentation is already planned. Which body part she would like for her telepresence robot Robbi and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Paul O'Dono – That's how he rolls

23.08.2023

Challenges big and small are part of everyday life for Paul O'Dono. This makes it all the more important for him to find people who have had similar experiences in life. Together with these people, he campaigns for more accessibility – both online and offline. What makes Tom Cruise so unique for him and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Private

Mano Grande – That's how he rolls

09.08.2023

Whether disability, hair colour or clothing style – for Mano Grande, such characteristics are just ballast that leads to people being pigeonholed. With his podcast, the 40-year-old wants to contribute to seeing people as the individuals they really are. What he thinks about the German content creators Rezo and Julien Bam and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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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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Daniel Cati

Benedikt Sequeira Gerardo – That's how he rolls

26.07.2023

For deaf people like Benedikt Sequeira Gerardo, it is small or invisible devices that make all the difference in everyday life. These include smartphones with apps and other software. But development is stalling in some areas. Where he would like to see more inventiveness and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Harder Than You Think

Harder Than You Think and P&G Studios announce new film "Rising Phoenix: A New Revolution (w/t)"

26.06.2023

Harder Than You Think (HTYT) and P&G Studios are collaborating to create a new documentary film, "Rising Phoenix: A New Revolution (w/t)," aimed at sparking a global conversation on disability equality. The film follows on from the success of the double Emmy Award winning film Rising Phoenix, released in 2020.
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PARAVAN

Driving license with a restricted field of vision – thanks to the latest camera technology

17.04.2023

Katja, who has a restricted field after a riding accident, was able – thanks to innovative camera technology and environment recognition in the car – to successfully view her driving test at the PARAVAN driving school in the Aichelau mobility park. In her future car, too, a monitor with the necessary environment recognition will be installed on the center console.
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Andrew Dunne / University of Bath

Assistive tech project to enhance prosthetic sockets and speed-up rehabilitation for amputees

27.03.2023

With a new technique for people who need prostheses after amputations, the University of Bath is developing a technology that allows patients and their families to photograph the remaining stump. The aim is to replicate the results clinicians in specialist clinics can achieve with high-end 3D scanners, but remotely and at a fraction of the cost.
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European Disability Forum

Web Accessibility Directive: better feedback mechanism, more expertise needed

20.03.2023

An evaluation report by the European Commission reported on the first three years of application of the Web Accessibility Directive (WAD). The period of the review overlaps with the accelerated digital transformation brought on by the pandemic.
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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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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

TREFFPUNKT REHACARE 2022: Highlight topics from the expert forum

12.12.2022

TREFFPUNKT REHACARE is your central platform for lectures, panel discussions, and the exchange of information and experience. Topics included the digitization of the workplace and recreational environment, technical assistance and vocational rehabilitation with a focus on exoskeletons, job coaching, and rehabilitation for people living with long or post-COVID conditions.
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Phibox

Getting fit is child’s play: Gamification in rehabilitation and physiotherapy

12.10.2022

More and more people love to play games – and do so on a regular basis by using a video game console or their cell phones. An opinion poll by the GfK research institute from last year shows that games cast a big spell on all age groups. It’s no surprise that a growing number of rehabilitation and physiotherapy concepts include game design elements to pursue recovery goals.
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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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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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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Digital assistive technologies: Modern tools to make life more accessible

13.07.2022

People with disabilities often rely on assistance in different ways. Whether it's speech computers, screen readers, i.e. software that vocalizes on-screen texts, or special power wheelchairs – what all assistance has in common here is that it works thanks to digital components.
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davidpereiras

Auxiliary means industry: sustainable production, work and life

30.04.2022

The term "sustainability" has been on everyone's lips for some years now. Supermarkets advertise sustainable products, exchange platforms emphasize the sustainability of second-hand clothing, and disposable diapers are frowned upon by many young parents because of the mountains of trash they generate. But what is the actual situation in the medical and auxiliary means industry?
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Dot Incorporation

People with vision impairments: The Dot Pad bridges the information gap

21.04.2022

The new Dot Pad is not only smaller and lighter, but also much cheaper than conventional tactile displays – making them more affordable and accessible for people with vision impairments. Dot Inc makes the online world of images more accessible and aims to improve other areas as well. In our interview the Senior Manager Mergel Takam talks about the advantages and technology behind the Dot Pad.
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LIFEtool

WheelSim VR: learning safe electric wheelchair operation thanks to virtual reality

20.05.2021

LIFEtool is as non-profit organization that counsels and equips people with the tools, they need to be successful. The Austrian company now successfully adapted its 2D-based simulator WheelSim to virtual reality. VR training enables power wheelchair users to practice difficult tasks in a safe environment.
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PantherMedia/Dmyrto_Z

The digitization of care: Key to greater transparency and efficiency

06.10.2020

The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has been a global stress test and underscored the fact that digitization has not yet reached all sectors in Germany. Healthcare turns out to be an area that still has a lot of catching up to do. REHACARE.com spoke the managing directors of the opta data Gruppe about the challenges and opportunities of a comprehensive approach to digitization in this sector.
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Neofect

Neofect: "Digitization enabled us to gamify rehabilitation"

23.04.2020

Light, individual and motivating: The portable therapy devices by Neofect aim to facilitate modern hand, arm and shoulder rehabilitation for rehab facilities and homecare use. We asked Scott Kim, CEO and co-founder of Neofect, to what extend gamification and digitization are advantages for the rehabilitation sector.
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beta-web

IntegraMouse: Mouth-controlled device facilitates digital accessibility

27.03.2020

Whether at work or at home – most of us cannot imagine living without a computer. But what happens if someone is unable to operate a keyboard and control a mouse with their hands because of a disability? The LIFEtool Solutions GmbH from Austria has developed a great solution – the IntegraMouse. We met up with CEO David Hofer at REHACARE 2019.
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beta-web

Career of the future: Accessibility Professional

14.11.2019

(Digital) accessibility is no longer a niche market and there is an increasing demand for skilled talent. That’s why many countries have already sought the support of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). Soon there will be a Chapter that serves the German-speaking community called the IAAP DACH Chapter.
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beta-web

eCare: How startups are driving the digitization of healthcare

24.10.2019

Everyone is talking about startups and digitization. eCare is yet another concept that is gaining momentum in healthcare settings. What opportunities does digitization offer? And where are its limits? Startup companies and representatives of the healthcare industry searched for answers to these and other questions at this year’s REHACARE.
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Digitalized stroke rehabilitation with Rewellio

20.09.2019

The Austrian start-up Rewellio has set itself the task of guiding people back into mobility as quickly as possible after a stroke. For that they developed a virtual rehabilitation system.
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novapace

Parkinson's disease: Greater gait stability thanks to smart insoles

25.07.2019

Gentle vibrations delivered to feet alert users to dangerous situations as they walk and prompt a more normalized gait pattern. That’s the concept behind the sensory orthotic insoles by novapace. In this interview, Simon Staffa, project manager at novapace, explains how this technology can help people with Parkinson's disease and describes the opportunities digitization brings to rehabilitation.
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Rewellio GmbH

Stroke: Digitalization of rehabilitation with Rewellio

27.06.2019

Mobile devices like tablets can help people with rehabilitation after a stroke – like with an app or virtual reality. Rewellio starts right here and wants to make therapy easier both for the patients and the physiotherapists. REHACARE.com talked to Georg Teufl, founder and CEO of Rewellio GmbH, about the advantages of his product and digitalization in general.
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RetroBrain R&D

MemoreBox by RetroBrain: Where rehabilitation meets fun

20.12.2018

Doing something good for your health in a playful and fun way – that sums up the concept of health games. "It does not have to be grueling, boring and dreadful to maintain or regain your health," says Manouchehr Shamsrizi. He co-founded RetroBrain and developed the MemoreBox – an easy-to-use gaming console for aging adults, designed to keep them physically and mentally healthy and fit.
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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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