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Fraunhofer IAPT

AI enables greater mobility: Personalized finger joint implants from a 3D printer

18/01/2023

The remobilization of finger joints that have been damaged by illness or injury is an emerging market in the field of demand-driven patient care. The FingerKIt consortium, which brings together five Fraunhofer institutes, uses AI to develop personalized 3D-printed joint implants so that these delicate finger parts can be replaced when necessary.
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LightFieldStudios

A prosthetic limb that can read my mind

09/01/2023

Lifting a glass, making a fist, entering a phone number using the index finger: it is amazing the things cutting-edge robotic hands can already do thanks to biomedical technology. However, things that work in the laboratory often encounter stumbling blocks when put to practice in daily life. A team at FAU is investigating how intelligent prostheses can be improved and made more reliable.
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Rido81

Brilliantly digital: tech applications in physio and rehab

12/10/2022

Increasingly, manufacturers are offering digital solutions for different needs in the fields of rehabilitation and physiotherapy – be it customized training programs or fun exercise games. In this Topic of the Month, you can find out what innovative options are already available today and what can still be expected for the future.
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Phibox

Getting fit is child’s play: Gamification in rehabilitation and physiotherapy

12/10/2022

More and more people love to play games – and do so on a regular basis by using a video game console or their cell phones. An opinion poll by the GfK research institute from last year shows that games cast a big spell on all age groups. It’s no surprise that a growing number of rehabilitation and physiotherapy concepts include game design elements to pursue recovery goals.
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DigiRehab GmbH

Quo vadis, digitalization in rehabilitation and physiotherapy?

12/10/2022

Usability, autonomy, modernity – that's what digital components should add to rehabilitation and physiotherapy. This benefits both patients and professionals according to manufacturers of new technologies and software. Conversations with experts about the current situation and the future reveal how the industry is dynamic and ever evolving.
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PantherMedia/AndreyPopov

Smart Living: more independence thanks to voice control

14/01/2021

The way we live is becoming increasingly more modern and connected. And while some people are skeptical about smart technology, other target groups welcome the great new opportunities it affords. Control units allow people with disabilities and older adults to control and monitor their connected home devices, which allows them to continue living a self-determined life at home.
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PantherMedia/aa-w

Ambient Assisted Living: Smart technology for self-determined living

14/01/2021

Opening the front door by voice or having a 3D camera under the ceiling that precisely detects falls and calls for help? There are no limits to the possibilities of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). We show you which smart technical systems are now hidden behind this term and how they can contribute to more self-determination for people with disabilities.
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Inferics GmbH

More self-determination thanks to smart technologies

14/01/2021

Everyone wants to live a self-determined life, but it isn’t always easy to implement – especially if you are an older adult or live with a disability. Fortunately, there are systems that help promote autonomy and independence in your own home. Size doesn’t always matter as even little smart helpers can give users peace of mind and a feeling of security as they navigate everyday life.
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