Photo: blue electric vehicle in the forest, a robot arm comes out from the back and holds a wheelchair next to the driver's door; Copyright: F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

Mobility experience: sustainability meets state-of-the-art technology to support people with disabilities

19/01/2022

To benefit people with disabilities, it takes more than a standard model to plug into the future. F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH collaborated with Electric Vehicle manufacturer e.GO Mobile SE to create this type of sustainable vehicle. REHACARE.com asked managing director and founder Frank Sodermanns what prompted the collaboration and learned about the little speedster’s countless possibilities.
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Photo: a man who is performing walking tasks with a portable ultrasound system strapped to his calves; Copyright: Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

A personalized exosuit for real-world walking

03/01/2022

How we walk is influenced by different aspects, for example different grounds. But also our walking ability differs individual. This human and task variability is a major challenge in designing wearable robotics to assist or augment walking in real-world conditions. Harvard researchers now have developed a new approach for customizing assistance from a soft robotic exosuit.
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Photo: A young man is off the beaten track in the forest with the balance wheelchair; Copyright: 2KERR

Wheelchair "add-ons": it all adds up to more fun and participation

16/12/2021

Inclusion also means that nobody gets left out when it comes to recreational activities. People with disabilities no longer want to pass up on any events, whether it is wheelchair sports, outdoor activities or just having "more fun” getting around town. REHACARE.com took a closer look at some of the latest trends in the leisure sector and gained exciting insights.
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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

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 blond driver, with curly hair and glasses, in his car. Next to him sits a technician.; Copyright: PARAVAN

Paralympics swimmer Josia Topf: mobile thanks to Space Drive and joystick

15/12/2021

After passing his driving test, Paralympics swimmer Josia Topf was now able to take delivery of his adapted vehicle. Driving a car means freedom, independence and spontaneity for the 18-year-old.
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Photo: Seatback Bag that you can also wear as a crossbody bag which is seen in a smaller picture; Copyright: HASE BIKES

HASE BIKES 2022: new accessories

13/12/2021

The year 2021 was devoted entirely to the new PINO. For the upcoming season, HASE BIKES' design team turned its attention to accessories. The underlying theme of these new products is safety and comfort.
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Photo: a girl in a yellow dress sitting in a pediatric folding wheelchair, laughing at her dad standing beside her; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

ZIPPIE Sphynx: tilt wheelchair designed for families on the move

29/11/2021

Sunrise Medical is excited to expand the ZIPPIE® pediatric mobility line with the new ZIPPIE® Sphynx™. For busy families that are always on the go, this compact, transportable wheelchair has static tilt and recline to accommodate various client needs.
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Photo: Parents point to fish in an aquarium. In their midst is a toddler in a Permobil Explorer Mini; Copyright: Permobil

Permobil’s Explorer Mini recognized as a TIME Best Invention for 2021

24/11/2021

"We are honored for the Explorer Mini to be recognized by TIME as a 'Best Invention of 2021' and to be included alongside so many other groundbreaking innovations that are improving the lives of individuals around the world," says Bengt Thorsson, Permobil’s President & CEO.
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Photo: An electric car of the brand Ford Tourneo at the charging station; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

Electromobility and autonomous driving: Where are we heading?

28/09/2021

After some initial hesitation, electromobility now seems to be picking up speed. We asked the German experts at AMF-Bruns and Sodermanns about the challenges of vehicle conversion. Aside from different drivetrain systems, PARAVAN continues to push the boundaries of automobility. REHACARE.com took a look behind the scenes.
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Photo: A Mercedes eVito inclusion cab in front of the Mercedes Benz Museum. A wheelchair user stands in front of the ramp at the tailgate; Copyright: AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

Mobile – thanks to car conversions

28/09/2021

Electric cars, e-scooters, and electric bikes – will our future be shaped by electromobility? Does this spell the end of the internal combustion engine? Or will we embrace alternative fuel vehicles that use hydrogen fuel for private transport? How will these new modes of travel impact the way we work? REHACARE.com addresses these questions in our current Topic of the Month.
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Photo: a man getting lifted in a huge wheel loader, his wheelchair is standing ob the ground; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

Promoting career self-determination with adaptive utility work machines

28/09/2021

Mobility is a key ability to live a self-determined life. It pertains to both the private and the professional realm: Agriculture, logistics, public service – none of them are possible without automobility. But who converts commercial vehicles to make them accessible for people with disabilities? And who pays for the costs? REHACARE.com looked into the matter.
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Photo: a young man with glasses sits in a wheelchair on a hill at dusk, a river and the illuminated river bank can be seen in the background - Tobi Kroll; Copyright: Tobi Kroll

Tobi Kroll – That's how he rolls

16/06/2021

How can we arrive in an inclusive world? Tobi Kroll has a few suggestions, because he is always thinking about barriers – both structural and social. But he also has some ideas about how society can accommodate people with disabilities. Who he would like to discuss our society with and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a woman wearing a trikot and a helmet sitting in a wheelchair on a basketball field, she is holding a basketball – Ronja Holze; Copyright: Drazen Lovric

Ronja Holze – That's how she rolls

02/06/2021

Sport has a special significance in Ronja Holzes life: First it helped her to accept her new life situation, then she fought her way up to the world championship and into the national squad in just a few years. Which sports she is talking about here, which auxiliary mean is particularly important for her life as an athlete and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a woman with light grey hair, glasses and a green t-shirt is sinnting in a wheelchair in front of a building, on her legs she carries a ramp made of tiny bricks; Copyright: Lego-Oma-Team

Rita Ebel – That's how she rolls

19/05/2021

Rita Ebel has become known as the "Lego granny": Since accessibility is still a scarce commodity, she designs ramps made of interlocking plastic bricks. Boxes of the colourful bricks are stored in her house and are transformed into ramps with creative patterns. Why she herself is dependent on accessibility, why she never loses her smile and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a woman with brown hair and glasses is on the left side of the picture, in the background is the sea – Anne Schütz; Copyright: Holger Schütz

Anne Schütz – That's how she rolls

05/05/2021

Anne Schütz already learned in primary school that no distinction should be made between people with or without disabilities. So it's no surprise that she would like to meet the namesake of her primary school. Who that is, which device means independence for her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: A girl and a boy ride the TRETS trikes one behind the other. The background is motion blurred, which gives the impression of speed; Copyright: HASE BIKES

Sporty and flexible biking – with the new TRETS from HASE BIKES

04/03/2021

On your bike, get set, go – the new TRETS from HASE BIKES makes this possible for children with neuromuscular disease. And the best thing about it? Since it has a medical aid registration number, German health insurance companies pay for or contribute to the purchase of the trike. REHACARE.com asked Dario Valenti to find out what makes TRETS unique and why working for HASE BIKES is so special.
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Photo: a man is sitting in a power wheelchair, he is wearing glasses; Copyright: HomeBraceGermany UG

Sensor glasses: Move the wheelchair independently with your eyes

16/02/2021

The eyes play an important role in everyday communication, for example in recognising facial expressions. But for people with severely limited mobility, the eye makes much more possible: Equipped with the MyEcc Pupil, they can move their power wheelchair or a robotic arm independently. How do the glasses make all this possible? REHACARE.com asked Managing Director Thomas Rosner.
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Photo: Close-up of the lower body of a user who is currently driving with spike over a gravel road; Copyright: Exero Technologies

Functionality meets design: the new adaptive sport equipment Spike

29/10/2020

Activities aiming at occupational therapy and rehabilitation are boring? Not necessarily! A new assistive exercise and sports equipment named Spike is not only designed to be fun, but also suitable for everybody who wants to get and stay fit. How this works for whom and what kind of history connects Spike with REHACARE? We asked!
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Photo collage: Girl with WalkAide 2.0 goes for a walk with a dog. Boy with WalkAide walks on a path. Man with NeuGait walks down stairs; Copyright: Brio Photography / Pro Walk GmbH

Pro Walk: Overcoming foot drop one step at a time

24/09/2020

Safe walking without tripping or falling is challenging for people with foot drop. Luckily there are technologies that provide active support by using functional electrical stimulation (FES). Pro Walk GmbH delivers these types of foot drop systems. How do these devices allow users to complete everyday tasks? REHACARE.com asked Nico Riedl, Product Manager and Physiotherapist at Pro Walk GmbH.
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Photo: Mela Ikanovic and a ReWalker at the trade fair booth of ReWalk Robotics; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics: Optimal supply thanks to the latest robotic technology

10/06/2020

Rehabilitation and robotics increasingly go hand in hand. That’s why it is crucial to ensure the quality of robotic rehabilitation at any level. How important is it for companies like ReWalk Robotics to have the support of health insurance companies? REHACARE.com asked and also learned about the company’s future hopes for the industry.
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Photo: Peter Lammer at REHACARE 2019; Copyright: beta-web

Standing Ovation facilitates mobility at the workplace

12/12/2019

Sitting while standing up – Standing Ovation makes this oxymoron possible. The rail system with its C-shaped seat bar and seat lifting unit allows Austrian chef Peter Lammer to sustain his job despite an 80 percent disability rating pertaining to his legs. With REHACARE.com he talked about the invention that brought back his zest for life and the feedback he received at this year's trade fair.
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Photo: Patrick Mayer in the German TV show

Mobility: Overcoming barriers with Wheelblades

28/11/2019

Whether they are on vacation in the mountains or brave winter weather at home – people with mobility impairments want to take precautions to arrive safely at their destination. Patrick Mayer is personally affected by disability and developed two products that enable wheelchair and walking aid users to master these situations: Wheelblades and the SafetyFoot.
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Graphic: Screenshot of the fuelService app, which shows two figures at a gas station; Copyright: fuelService

fuelService app helps drivers with disabilities to refuel their car

18/04/2019

Your car ran out of petrol and you need support refuelling it? The new app fuelService is about to help you find a petrol station where you get the help you need. The app is for free and globally available. App founder Niall El-Assaad told REHACARE.com how it works.
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Photo: An accessible bus for the transport of people with disabilities. The hydraulic ramp is on the ground; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Valeriy_Al

TTC Wheel-Trans: Accessible transport for people with disabilities in Toronto

17/05/2018

In Canada, the North Americans are far ahead of us Germans when it comes to accessibility. If you are a guest in Toronto, you not only have the possibility to travel with the usual public transport, but you can also opt for the 100 percent accessible alternative and use Wheel-Trans.
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Photo: Nicole Seifert

"Safe mobility starts with the right choice and adaptation of the wheelchair"

23/07/2015

Whether it’s a wheelchair or a walker – for people with disabilities, it is crucial to control their own mobility in a competent and safe manner. Yet not everyone truly feels confident in every situation with these assistive devices. That’s why REHACARE.com spoke with Nicole Seifert about ways to foster more trust in yourself and others.
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