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: the passenger compartment of a car with various driving aids; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

Getting a driving license with the joystick

22/11/2021

PARAVAN GmbH was recently presenting its driving school for the first time at the German Driving Instructors' Congress in Berlin. In addition to the special needs and requirements of training for people with disabilities, the focus was set specifically on technical solutions for training. Not all people can simply sit in a normal passenger car and take the test there.
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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: 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: WheelSim VR test user Andreas with VR glasses in front of the screen; Copyright: 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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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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