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More participation thanks to artificial intelligence

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Acoustic text output virtually in the blink of an eye – this is made possible by the MyEye tool from OrCam. It supports visually impaired and blind people in everyday life and the integrated artificial intelligence ensures more independence and participation. Read more about it in our article.

Get well through the rest of the week!

Nadine Lormis
Editorial team REHACARE.com

Graphic: 23 - 26 September 2020, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany

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Top Topic of REHACARE 2019
News from the field of Recreation & Culture
Topic of the Month
News from the field of Auxiliary Means
How We Roll
News from the field of Research & Health
We asked ...

OrCam MyEye: Promoting independence and participation with artificial intelligence

Top topics of REHACARE 2019

Photo: The OrCam MyEye on a frame that rests on a stylized human head; Copyright: beta-web
Reading texts, identifying products at the supermarket and even recognizing faces – the MyEye tool from OrCam can do just that and helps blind and visually impaired people feel more confident in everyday life. At REHACARE 2019, area sales manager Jennifer Kietzke showed us how the discreet, smart wearable assistive technology works.
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Recreation & Culture

Cybathlon postponed due to coronavirus

ETH Zurich has decided to postpone the Cybathlon until 19–20 September 2020. The safety and health of all those involved in this major international event takes top priority.
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Recreation & Culture

Can boxing improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease?

People with Parkinson's disease who participate in a special, non-contact boxing program may have better quality of life and be more likely to exercise than those who do not participate, according to a preliminary study.
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Fashion for wheelchair users – functional, comfortable, diverse

Topic of the Month

Photo: Samanta Bullock in her wheelchair at the beach. She is wearing a chic red dress; Copyright: Lawson Filho
Pants, jackets or dresses – if you use a wheelchair, you inherently have a different perspective on clothing compared to other fashionistas who are able to walk. Fashion-conscious wheelchair users have to first find companies or labels that not only meet functional and adaptive clothing requirements, but also cater to their sense of fashion and style.
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Auxiliary Means

Robots popular with older adults

A world without robots is almost inconceivable. They take on tasks in production processes and are also being used in the service sector. For example, machines created to resemble humans are helping to care for elderly people. A study by psychologists of Friedrich Schiller University Jena suggests, that older people are less anxious and hostile regarding ‘human robots’ than previously thought.
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Auxiliary Means

Virtual reality device helps to simulate sight loss

Published during World Glaucoma Week 2020, a new study demonstrates how commercially available head mounted displays (HMD) can be used to simulate the day-to-day challenges faced by people with glaucoma.
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Nadine Kleine – That's how she rolls

How we roll

Photo: Nadine Kleine laughing outside; Copyright: Vincenzo Gullotta
Unafraid and motivated to just tackle and do things – that is Nadine Kleine. What she was taught since childhood days, she still lives by today. What she nevertheless does not dare to do and why she would like to be Usain Bolt for a while, the medical student tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Research & Health

Virtual reality: The right thumb becomes the left arm

A research team consisting of scientists from Toyohashi University of Technology, Keio University, and The University of Tokyo has revealed that a re-association of the right thumb with the virtual left arm can be induced by visuo-motor synchronization in a virtual environment; however, this re-association may be weaker than the natural association.
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Research & Health

Music therapy helps stroke patients

New research has found that music therapy sessions have a positive effect on the neurorehabilitation of acute stroke patients, as well as their mood.
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Research & Health

Wearable hearing aid in development

Most people find it difficult to concentrate on a specific voice in a busy environment, but for those who are hard of hearing it’s especially challenging. Now, however, a new type of hearing aid, developed with the assistance of Fraunhofer researchers, is designed to render speech more intelligible against a background of noise, thereby making it easier to follow a single speaker.
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Diversity and inclusion: Podcast breaks with the definition of "normal"

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Photo: Team of "Die Neue Norm" while recording a podcast episode; Copyright: Die Neue Norm
Diversity makes our society richer and stronger. That is why the podcast "Die Neue Norm” (English: The New Norm) does not center on people with disabilities but society as a whole – which includes people with disabilities. Once a month, the 25-minute professional podcast features journalists Jonas Karpa, Judyta Smykowski and activist Raul Krauthausen as they discuss topics that move them, their listeners or society, all with an added dash of personal connection.
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