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SmAccLab: Developing smart auxiliary means

Dear Sir or Madam,

What do people with disabilities need and want when it comes to auxiliary means? The team at the Smart Accessibility Laboratory not only asks themselves this question, but also those who are experts in their own field. The team around Prof. Carsten Zahout-Heil then uses the knowledge gained from this for the development of smart aids, which in the end should be usable for everyone. We asked what they could look like.

Have a relaxed week,

Nadine Lormis
Editorial team REHACARE.com

Graphic: 18 - 21 September 2019, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany

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SmAccLab: Smart auxiliary means for everyone

We asked ...

Photo: Prototype of the sensor for a cane; Copyright: Zahout-Heil
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 asked about the aids the team was already able to develop and found out how product engineering and inclusion join forces.
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Work & Education

Increasing participation in the workplace by speech recognition and eye-tracking technology

Microsoft and Birmingham City University are developing new technology to help people with disabilities become more independent in the workplace. As a grantee of Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility program, Birmingham City University is developing a prototype technology system that enables people with limited mobility to control computers using voice commands and the movement of their eyes.
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Work & Education

A work patch for better nursing home care

Placing a loved one in a nursing home can be a traumatic experience for the entire family with concerns about the care and attention they will receive. Imagine if those concerns were eased, simply by some changes in the way the schedules are done for the staff at that facility.
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Ninia Binias – That's how she rolls

How we roll

Photo: Ninia Binias; Copyright: Simona Bednarek
She loves fashion, hippos and the creative use of words. As a slam poet, author and presenter, Ninia Binias – stage name Ninia LaGrande – is a sought-after guest at many events. What she cares about most and which system she would like to revolutionize completely, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Research & Health

Virtual reality can spot navigation problems in early Alzheimer's disease

Virtual reality (VR) can identify early Alzheimer's disease more accurately than 'gold standard' cognitive tests currently in use, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The study highlights the potential of new technologies to help diagnose and monitor conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, which affects more than 525,000 people in the UK.
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Research & Health

Cognitive training game to improve driving skills among the elderly

Researchers at Tohoku University have developed a new cognitive training game aimed at improving road safety among elderly drivers. The game, "Cognitive Training for Car Driving" (CTCD), requires only a set top box and a TV, and for users to play it regularly.
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Research & Health

Morning exercise can improve decision-making across the day in older adults

A study of older Australians has found a morning bout of moderate-intensity exercise improves cognitive performance like decision-making across the day compared to prolonged sitting without exercise.
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