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Image: Asian senior woman patient sitting in and controlling an electric wheelchair in park at hospital; Copyright: chormail

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Navigating normal, cluttered spaces in mind-controlled wheelchairs

06/02/2023

A mind-controlled wheelchair can help a paralyzed person gain new mobility by translating users’ thoughts into mechanical commands. On November 18 in the journal iScience, researchers demonstrate that tetraplegic users can operate mind-controlled wheelchairs in a natural, cluttered environment after training for an extended period.
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Image: An elderly woman with prosthetic leg walks with crutches and is accompanied and supervised by a man; Copyright: Ottobock.

Ottobock

Ottobock and MEDIAN combine high-tech prosthetics with specialised treatment for transfemoral amputees

06/02/2023

Following the positive vote of the ethics committee of the State Medical Association of Hesse, a multi-centre study launched in January 2023 in several MEDIAN hospitals, in which amputees receive a special prosthesis from Ottobock. The research project is intended to show how modern rehabilitation with longer stays and optimal prosthetics can improve the treatment situation for amputees in Germany
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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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Image: A man with two prosthetic legs is accompanied outside on the right and left by a man and a woman from Pace Rehabilitation; Copyright: Ottobock.

Ottobock

Ottobock acquires prosthetic rehabilitation provider Pace Rehabilitation

30/01/2023

Ottobock, the global health-tech company, has successfully completed the acquisition of Pace Rehabilitation, one of the UK’s independent providers of prosthetic and rehabilitation services in the UK.
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Image: A Patient tests a brain-computer interface while to other men are watching him; Copyright: AG Klinische Neurotechnologie, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

AG Klinische Neurotechnologie, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Controlling neural exoskeletons more precisely with diamond sensors

30/01/2023

Brain-computer interfaces are able to restore some mobility to paralyzed people by controlling exoskeletons. However, more complex control signals cannot yet be read from the head surface because conventional sensors are not sensitive enough. A collaboration of Fraunhofer IAF, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, University of Stuttgart and other industrial partners has taken up this challenge.
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