Image: The textile-based energy harvesting shoe in a close-up; Copyright: Preston Innovation Lab/Rice University

Powering an 'arm' with air could be mighty handy

05/09/2022

Mechanical engineers at Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering have built an additional limb that can grasp objects and move around. It is powered only by compressed air. This is one of several ideas they have implemented using a textile-based energy harvesting system.
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Photo: Jade Myers sits in a chair holding a prosthetic arm; Copyright: A. Sue Weisler/RIT

Prosthetics design integrating 3D printing takes third place in international challenge

05/09/2022

Together with her friend Danie, who lost her arm in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Jade Myers is working on developing prosthetic limbs for upper and lower limb amputees, among other projects. She was one of the top three winners of the nTopology-EOS 2022 Responsible Part Challenge, an international design competition. The inspiration for her new socket design came from running shoes.
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Image: The new Genny model is shrouded by a dark cloth. Only the silhouette shines through slightly; Copyright: Genny Mobility

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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Image: Recumbent bike with the new black Vario Comfort seat cover; Copyright: HASE BIKES

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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Image: Shower stool. Right: Entire shower stool in a shower with a stream of water splashing on it. Left: Cutouts of the white seat; Copyright: Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG

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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Image: The LEPUS E from HASE BIKES with three wheels and a black seat; Copyright: HASE BIKES

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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Photo: a person helps another person wearing an exoskeleton; Copyright: Ekso Bionics Europe GmbH

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: a black and red robot arm pours a drink into a paper cup; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Daily living aids for people with disabilities

27/06/2022

Reaching for a bottle and opening it when you're thirsty or quickly making a sandwich when you're hungry. What many people take for granted can be a problem for people with disabilities. In these situations, analog or digital daily living aids can be used to maintain independence. Read more about this in the Topic of the Month!
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Photo: a white-haired gentleman fashionably dressed in ocher tones in a wheelchair. Behind him is someone, also in ocher tones, with his hands on the wheelchair; Copyright: PantherMedia / HayDmitriy

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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Photo: A technician fine-tuning a prosthetic leg; Copyright: PantherMedia/belahoche

PantherMedia/belahoche

Product development in the assistive technology industry

24/01/2022

What does it take to develop a really good auxiliary mean? First-hand feedback – from those who use it regularly! Through those experiences, a company benefits from the knowledge of its customers and can incorporate it into the development of its products.
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Photo: A small Lego wheelchair driver at the port of Hamburg, in the background container ships can be guessed out of focus; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

The right wheelchair for every occasion

16/12/2021

Wheelchairs have a special significance for their users: they give many people with disabilities a great deal of freedom by enabling them to live more self-determined. Whether for daily errands in the city, off-road adventures in the forest or for sports – the variety of wheelchairs is constantly increasing. REHACARE.com took a closer look.
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Photo: A very fashionably-elegantly dressed wheelchair user at a harbor, with a Ferris wheel and boats behind her; Copyright: Pandhora S.r.l.

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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Photo: a young woman and a young man at an evening event, talking animatedly. He is wearing a hearing aid behind his ear; Copyright: Friedrichstadt-Palast; Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

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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Photo: A technician sits in front of a laptop showing a scanned knee. An Ottobock employee stands next to him and explains something to him; Copyright: Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH

Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH

From scanning to 3D printing: the workshop goes digital

29/07/2021

"Our world today is becoming more digital both in the personal and business realm. Digital transformation affects many industry sectors – and the orthopedic industry is no exception," says Niklas Hohlfeld, Prosthetics Market Management of Otto Bock. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly accelerated the pace of this development. Otto Bock and Mecuris told us more.
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Photo: Two women wear transparent masks so that all their facial expressions can be seen and communication is made easier for people with a hearing impairment; Copyright: iuvas medical GmbH

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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Photo: A person stands on a hill and stretches a flashlight into the night sky. From his position, a city can be seen in the background; Copyright: opta data

opta data Abrechnungs GmbH

Corporate social responsibility: diversity is an asset

31/05/2021

Accessibility, participation, and inclusion are buzzwords associated with people with disabilities. The notion that we should focus on people’s abilities, not their disabilities is a lesson that is not yet fully understood by most - especially when it comes to labor force participation. We took a closer look at the role companies and their social responsibility play in spurring social changes.
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Photo: young girl with glasses smiling at the camera; beside her is her LIFEpad - a tabletbased speech recognition software; Copyright: LIFEtool

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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Photo: wheelchair users on a pier wearing adaptive outdoor clothes; Copyright: So Yes

So Yes

All around self-determination – fashion and accessories for wheelchair users

02/03/2021

Looks like a pair of jeans, feels like a pair of jeans, is also a pair of jeans: But unlike jeans from the non-adaptive fashion segment, it is actually comfortable and functional for wheelchair users. And besides jeans, there are other items of clothing that, with a little adaptation, ensure that people with disabilities can be just as fashionable as others.
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Photo: Three women with drinks in a Cafe; Copyright: PantherMedia/Sergiy Tryapitsyn

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: Quokka bag on a wheelchair; Copyright: Quokka

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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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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Photo: Cinderella and Niels of HelpCamps; Copyright: HelpCamps

HelpCamps

HelpCamps: "Making assistive technology faster, more affordable and personalized"

23/11/2017

In accordance with the slogan "Nothing about us without us", the HelpCamps project aims at developing and implementing concepts and ideas together. To make this a reality, people with disabilities, companies from the assistive technology, care and assistance sectors, as well as stakeholders in the so-called maker movement and researchers, are brought together to network during various events.
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Photo: Florian Adler; Copyright: Tim de Gruisbourne

Tim de Gruisbourne

"Inclusive communication design is both accessible and attractive"

15/06/2017

For many, recognizing and understanding characters is an important prerequisite to social participation. Inclusive communication design helps people with visual impairments to accomplish this. REHACARE.com spoke with designer and expert of the German Association for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Florian Adler. He has developed a digital guide to inclusive communication design.
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