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: a white robotic hand holding a cupcake; Copyright: Xuanhe Zhao, Shaoting Lin, et al

Inflatable robotic hand gives amputees real-time tactile control

23/08/2021

For the more than 5 million people in the world who have undergone an upper-limb amputation, prosthetics have come a long way. Beyond traditional mannequin-like appendages, there is a growing number of commercial neuroprosthetics – highly articulated bionic limbs, engineered to sense a user's residual muscle signals and robotically mimic their intended motions.
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Photo: a person sitting on a chair with sensors attached to the arms; Copyright: Saara Rissanen

Wearables can help in at-home assessment of myoclonic jerks

16/08/2021

A new study by the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital shows that wearable sensor technology can be used to reliably assess the occurrence of myoclonic jerks in patients with epilepsy also in the home environment. The method used in the study was based on the measurement of electrical neuromuscular function and movement.
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Photo: a wheelchair with an attached WheelAir; Copyright: WheelAir International BV

WheelAir launches new Rigid Back integration service

11/08/2021

After months of development, WheelAir is happy to announce that rigid back wheelchair users can now enjoy full temperature and moisture control courtesy of the WheelAir System.
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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

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: Female technician taking a 3D scan of a patient's lower leg; Copyright: Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH

Orthopedic technology – A professional field as multifaceted as the medical aids industry

29/07/2021

People with disabilities need individual assistive devices. It is the task of orthopaedic technicians to select these with them and to adapt them to their specific needs. What else is part of the job description and how companies support the technicians in their work in the medical supply store can be read in our Topic of the Month.
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Photo: Three wheelchair users are posing in clothes of a adaptive fashion brand; Copyright: PantherMedia/Sergiy Tryapitsyn

Thoughtful and smart: adaptive fashion as an inclusion booster

30/03/2021

March and April are the months the media home in on the fashion trends of Spring/Summer 2021 – as do (online) stores, of course. High time for REHACARE.com to check in with several labels. And who knows? Maybe your closet will soon also feature a piece of some of our highlighted brands?
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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: wheelchair users on a pier wearing adaptive outdoor clothes; Copyright: 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: The TiPY keyboard for one hand; Copyright: 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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Accessibility should be considered from the start for medical practices

28/04/2016

Disabled parking spaces, lower counters, stair lifts, and elevators – those are just a few of the provisions of an accessible medical practice. Yet many physician offices don’t meet these requirements. To make it easier for people with disabilities to find available accessible medical practices close-by, the "Accessible Practice" project has created a directory.
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