Photo: female study participant wearing small sensors around her wrists while writing something; Copyright: University of Missouri

Personalizing treatment for severe limb injuries

17/01/2022

Researchers at the University of Missouri used small wearable sensors to gather data on how people use a prosthesis versus a transplant in everyday life following a traumatic hand loss.
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Photo: Participant leaning on the support robot while standing up/walking; Copyright: Toyohashi University of Technology

A robot assisting elderlies

17/01/2022

A research team at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Toyohashi University of Technology has developed a robot that can assist standing up, walking, and sitting down by estimating the user's state using a small number of sensors.
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Photo: Blake Leeper running with sensors all over his body on the CU Boulder campus to measure his data; Copyright: Glenn Asakawa/CU Boulder

Study: No competitive advantage from prostheses

12/01/2022

Amputee sprinters using running prostheses, or blades, have no clear competitive advantage at the 400-meter distance compared to sprinters with biological legs and, in fact, appear to have a significant disadvantage at the start, according to University of Colorado Boulder research.
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Photo: a female study participant on a treadmill, beside her stands a man in a suit monitoring her training; Copyright: Kessler Foundation

Exercise rehabilitation for managing symptoms of multiple sclerosis

10/01/2022

Experts in rehabilitation research advocate for integrating exercise into the care plans of persons with multiple sclerosis. The central role of neurologists in clinical care offers an opportunity for them to promote exercise as fundamental for managing the physical and cognitive symptoms of MS.
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Assistance dogs improve the lives of people living with hearing loss

08/12/2021

New research shows that assistance dogs trained to support deaf people, and those living with hearing loss, have positive and wide-ranging impacts on people’s lives.
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Photo: a white little robot with blue eyes; Copyright: UC3M

Robotics and artificial intelligence to improve rehabilitation

01/12/2021

A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) spin-off, Inrobics Social Robotics, S.L.L., has developed a robotic device that provides an innovative motor and cognitive rehabilitation service that can be used at health centres as well as at home.
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Photo: A bionic hand touches holographic elements in the air; Copyright: PantherMedia/vitaliy_sokol

The future of prosthetics is here thanks to Artificial Intelligence and bionic feedback

31/08/2021

There are many exciting advances in the field of prosthetics. REHACARE.com asked prosthetic manufacturers and experts about the latest medical and technical research in laboratories and discovered how prostheses quite literally learn from the user.
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Photo: Mother talking to her daughter sitting at a table opposite her brother; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Why inclusion is more important than ever amid the coronavirus crisis

25/06/2020

How are families of children with disabilities coping during the coronavirus crisis? A recent online survey asked this question, prompting over 1,600 participants to respond in just two weeks. What do the survey results reveal about the current state of society in terms of social participation and inclusion? We asked Dorothea Kugelmeier and Dr. Raimund Schmolze-Krahn, who launched the study.
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Photo: Prototype of the sensor for a cane; Copyright: Zahout-Heil

SmAccLab: Smart auxiliary means for everyone

28/05/2019

Accessible and realistic – that’s how auxiliary aids should be in the eyes of Professor Carsten Zahout. Students at the Smart Accessibility Laboratory (SmAccLab) are working on technical solutions that fulfill these requirements and lead to increased participation for people with disabilities. REHACARE.com found out how product engineering and inclusion join forces.
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Photo: An elderly woman catches ichó. The ball starts to glow in red-orange colors.; Copyright: ichó systems - icho-systems.de

"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences, and impressions."

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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Photo: Cinderella and Niels of HelpCamps; Copyright: 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: Marcus Rohrbach cuts fruits in kitchen, camera records scenes, computer screen in foreground

Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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