Image: A man in a hospital bed using THERA-Trainer bemo; Copyright: THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH

THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH

THERA-Trainer: Complete solution for gait rehabilitation

24/11/2022

The goal of THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH is to make it easy for people with restricted mobility to regain their lost mobility. That is why the family company has designed professional therapeutic products and robotic assisted complete solutions for all phases of lower extremity rehabilitation.
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GLAICE

Physiologist from Bayreuth receives European Diabetes Research Award: New app enables safe exercise in type 1 diabetes

23/11/2022

A study at the University of Bayreuth is evaluating an app that has already been developed to enable people with type 1 diabetes to exercise safely. The aim is for people with type 1 diabetes to be able to exercise without fear of dysglycemia. Bayreuth physiologist Professor Othmar Moser receives a European Diabetes Research Award.
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Bioservo Technologies AB

Carbonhand 2.0 approved as a medical device according to the EU-MDR

16/11/2022

The grip-strengthening glove Carbonhand® from Bioservo is now classified and approved as a medical device under the European Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR). The grip strengthening glove gives people with limited hand function additional strength and endurance in their grip and is equipped with sensors at the fingertips.
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shannonfieldsphoto

"Quantified Health System" provides patients with an overview of their health data

14/11/2022

The "Quantified Health System" from the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS uses a fitness wristband that detects vital signs, processes this data statistically and sends it to the patient's doctor. This helps the patients to find right balance between self-care and activity in the future.
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Photo: Left: Large screen showing the robot digitally on the right. Right: Robot stands in the kitchen and performs work on the kitchen counter ; Copyright: Dominic Kastens / University of Bremen

Research: Robots to help people with disabilities in the kitchen

09/11/2022

The Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bremen has equipped its new research lab with a kitchen and furniture to recreate everyday situations. An exact digital image of this lab, called a digital twin, has been developed. This is used by the international research community to help develop and test robotics technologies remotely.
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AI system to predict patients at higher risk for diabetes complications

07/11/2022

Researchers at the University of Houston Primary Care Forecast have developed a clinical decision support system that uses Deep Learning to predict which patients are more likely to experience complications. The new Diabetes Complication Severity Index (DCSI) Progression Tool considers social and environmental circumstances in addition to disease history.
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Jonathan Realmuto/UCR

Robot sleeves for kids with cerebral palsy

02/11/2022

Robotic "clothing," is designed to help children with cerebral palsy gain control of their arm movements. The project by the UC Riverside engineers is taking a novel approach to create devices made of soft textiles that also allow for more natural limb function.
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dfuentesphotostock

Supporting caregivers of kids with developmental disorders: there's an app for that

31/10/2022

A web-based, self-guided app with instructions in both English and Setswana is designed to be used by caregivers in South Africa. The app provides structured activities that encourage caregiver-child communication and can be implemented into daily routines. The app shows potential for advancing the communication skills of children with developmental disorder.
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Funke Medical GmbH

Funke Medical honoured as a finalist at "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes"

26/10/2022

Funke Medical GmbH was named "Finalist of the Year 2022" in this year's "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes" competition. For example, the medical technology manufacturer supports sustainable development and is one of a particularly committed corporate elite that continuously trains its employees.
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tommyandone

Indiana University researchers receive $3.96 million to test dementia care app

24/10/2022

The I-CARE 2 randomized clinical trial will measure the impact of Brain CareNotes, a mobile telehealth application, on informal caregivers of patients living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. The Indiana University researchers receive $3.96 million to test dementia care app.
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Image: The soon-to-be-released Revolve Air wheelchair – once in folded and once in unfolded state; Copyright: Andrea Mocellin

Andrea Mocellin

Accessible traveling: foldable wheelchair by Revolve Mobility

18/10/2022

How can traveling become more accessible and more self-determined for wheelchair users – especially when traveling by plane or taking a cab? This is the question Andrea Mocellin wanted to address when he started inventing Revolve Air. His solution: a wheelchair with foldable wheels and a foldable frame.
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Photo: Elderly man sitting in a QUICKIE ACCESS wheelchair reading a book next to an elderly woman; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical launches the QUICKIE ACCESS, a knee-pivot manual wheelchair

17/10/2022

The company Sunrise Medical has announced the launch of the QUICKIE ACCESS. This is a manual wheelchair with knee swivel for independent locomotion with the benefits of tilt and recline.
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Image: Guided by a physiotherapist, a child trains with a game on the Phibox in front of a TV; Copyright: PHIBOX

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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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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DC_Studio

In-home wireless device tracks disease progression in Parkinson's patients

05/10/2022

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutes have unveiled a home-use device that can monitor a patient's movements and gait speed to assess the severity of Parkinson's disease, the progression of the disease and the patient's response to medication.
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Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

September 2022: REHACARE highlights in 2022

12/09/2022

It's finally that time again, REHACARE 2022 will take place live on site again! The joy is equally great among visitors and exhibitors, finally assistive devices can be tried out again and personal conversations can take place. Since we know that you can hardly wait to visit the trade fair, we have summarized some highlights for you in the Topic of the Month!
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Photo: People in the entrance area of the REHACARE trade fair; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

REHACARE highlights in 2022

12/09/2022

It's finally that time again, REHACARE 2022 will take place live on site again! The joy is equally great among visitors and exhibitors, finally assistive devices can be tried out again and personal conversations can take place. Since we know that you can hardly wait to visit the trade fair, we have summarized some highlights for you in the Topic of the Month!
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Genny Mobility

Genny’s self-balancing and two wheeled wheelchair gets an upgrade – revealed at REHACARE 2022

01/09/2022

Inspired by the self-balancing Segway, Genny Mobility developed a wheelchair equivalent. What started as a newbie on the mobility aids market, now is ready for its third generation. The new wheelchair will be revealed in two weeks at this year’s REHACARE. Francesca Belotti allows for a little glimpse into what we can expect.
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Photo: a wheelchair is loaded into a car at REHACARE. Visitors watch; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

August 2022: No way too far – mobile by car

29/08/2022

Not everyone likes cars and for some they are an environmental sin. But for people with disabilities, they can be helpful and represent mobility, participation and new opportunities. After all, anyone with a mobility impairment doesn't always want to be dependent on others. In the Topic of the Month, we show examples of vehicle conversions that provide more freedom.
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Photo: a young man tests an exoskeleton by descending a staircase during REHACARE. Several people are indistinct in the background; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

July 2022: Exoskeletons for prevention and therapy

28/07/2022

Exoskeletons are constantly evolving and are increasingly finding their way into prevention and therapy. In this month's Topic of the Month, we look at how they help protect people from physical harm at work and how they can be used in therapy!
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Photo: a man stands with his arms outstretched in a factory hall to present an exoskeleton on his back; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock

Preventing work-related injuries: exoskeletons curb repetitive stress injuries

28/07/2022

Lifting boxes above head height, repositioning a bedridden patient, or assembling heavy components in production - many work-related activities go along with monotonous postures or repetitive lifting. Exoskeletons can reduce strain and prevent long-term musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses.
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Ekso Bionics Europe GmbH

Exoskeletons in rehabilitation

28/07/2022

A stroke or an accident are life-changing events since many survivors experience limitations of mobility. Not all patients regain full mobility with subsequent rehabilitation. Some physical restrictions may persist, making adaptive equipment and assistive technologies necessary. Exoskeleton use in rehabilitation shows promise for better treatment results.
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Photo: A black and red robot arm pours a drink into a paper cup; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

June 2022: Daily living aids for people with disabilities

13.07.2022

Reaching for a bottle and opening it when you're thirsty or quickly making a sandwich when you're hungry. What many people take for granted can be a problem for people with disabilities. In these situations, analog or digital daily living aids can be used to maintain independence. Read more about this in the Topic of the Month!
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Digital assistive technologies: Modern tools to make life more accessible

13/07/2022

People with disabilities often rely on assistance in different ways. Whether it's speech computers, screen readers, i.e. software that vocalizes on-screen texts, or special power wheelchairs – what all assistance has in common here is that it works thanks to digital components.
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Photo: a black and red robot arm pours a drink into a paper cup; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Daily living aids for people with disabilities

27.06.2022

Reaching for a bottle and opening it when you're thirsty or quickly making a sandwich when you're hungry. What many people take for granted can be a problem for people with disabilities. In these situations, analog or digital daily living aids can be used to maintain independence. Read more about this in the Topic of the Month!
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Photo: a person with the right hand in a plaster cast smears himself a roll with the help of his left hand and a special eating board; Copyright: Ornamin

Ornamin

Small things that have big benefits: daily living aids help make everyday life easier

27/06/2022

Opening a jar or getting on a bike to ride to the store: small things that many of us around the world do every day and tend to take for granted. But these activities are not a matter of course for everyone. Daily living aids can make a big difference to people with disabilities in making their lives easier.
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Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

May 2022: Leisure, sports and travel

27/05/2022

For most people, the thought of water is associated with relaxation. A day at or on the sea, boating, swimming or water sports. But what of this is possible if you are in a wheelchair, for example? We can reveal a few things. Read more in our Topic of the Month!
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Ribcap

Ribcap: A weighted blanket to increase sleep and inclusion

25/05/2022

A good night sleep contributes to a healthy life and a good mood. That is why equipment supporting and improving sleep quality is on the rise. Ribcap now developed a high-quality weighted blanket to increase not only sleep quality but also inclusion. The company targets an underrecognized group: people with different conditions that decrease their sleep quality.
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Photo: A female wheelchair user stands on a terrace and smiles sideways at the camera. You can see a green meadow in the background; Copyright: davidpereiras

davidpereiras

Auxiliary means industry: sustainable production, work and life

30/04/2022

The term "sustainability" has been on everyone's lips for some years now. Supermarkets advertise sustainable products, exchange platforms emphasize the sustainability of second-hand clothing, and disposable diapers are frowned upon by many young parents because of the mountains of trash they generate. But what is the actual situation in the medical and auxiliary means industry?
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envato/twenty20photos

April 2022: A new generation and sustainability

28/04/2022

Sustainability is not a luxury that companies can take up for the sake of a better image. It is necessary to implement sustainable goals quickly in order to put a stop to climate change. But what can be done in the assistive technology industry, which often relies on plastic and disposable products? And are startups ahead of established companies here? Read more in the Topic of the Month.
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twinsterphoto

Start-ups in the auxiliary aids industry

28/04/2022

Anyone visiting REHACARE on site will notice numerous small stands in addition to the larger stands of many established companies. Here you can often find new start-ups that want to expand the assistive technology sector with a fresh idea.
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Dot Incorporation

People with vision impairments: The Dot Pad bridges the information gap

21/04/2022

The new Dot Pad is not only smaller and lighter, but also much cheaper than conventional tactile displays – making them more affordable and accessible for people with vision impairments. Dot Inc makes the online world of images more accessible and aims to improve other areas as well. In our interview the Senior Manager Mergel Takam talks about the advantages and technology behind the Dot Pad.
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PantherMedia / Youzhny

March 2022: Adaptive fashion and care textiles

24/03/2022

When it comes to fashion, tastes differ, but actually everyone attaches importance to clothing that fits well and comfortably! But to find clothes that fit is sometimes not so easy.
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AMF-Bruns Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Research and development: crash tests ensure safe design standards

17/03/2022

When it comes to mobility, safety requirements take top priority. To drive research and development in this specific area, the company newly founded a research and development company, which operates separately from the successful car conversion entity. Its competence center for mobile safety opened its doors in 2021 in Apen, Germany.
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PantherMedia / BrunoWeltmann

February 2022: Living – accessible and smart

28/02/2022

How does accessible living work? What do you have to pay attention to? These are important questions that young people (should) ask themselves, for example, if they are planning to build a single-family home. Read more about this in the Topic of the Month February.
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PantherMedia/bitpics

Accessible bathrooms: fostering and maintaining greater autonomy and independence

28/02/2022

For most people, the bathroom is their happy place and sanctuary – which is why it is important to remove any barriers for safety, ease, and comfort. Unfortunately, this is not always a given when it comes to people with disabilities. Unless you live in a new building, you may have to remodel bathrooms and toilet rooms to accommodate your special needs.
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Benoit Systemes

Mobile, more mobile, Mobili Kit: For more mobility into the narrowest corner

22/02/2022

When mobility declines, the step up to a wheelchair can be very costly, both emotionally and organizationally. Benoit Systemes has found a solution here: With the Mobili Kit, you can still make a U-turn in even the smallest hallway – and in your own favorite chair. Tanya Veraksa told us about the advantages of the Mobili Kit and the story behind Benoit Systemes.
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PantherMedia/belahoche

January 2022: Product development in the assistive technology industry

24/01/2022

What does it take to develop a really good auxiliary mean? First-hand feedback – from those who use it regularly! Through those experiences, a company benefits from the knowledge of its customers and can incorporate it into the development of its products. Read more in our Topic of the Month.
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PantherMedia/belahoche

Product development in the assistive technology industry

24/01/2022

What does it take to develop a really good auxiliary mean? First-hand feedback – from those who use it regularly! Through those experiences, a company benefits from the knowledge of its customers and can incorporate it into the development of its products.
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Photo: A researcher explains to a patient where the future prosthesis takes the muscle signals for controlling the prosthesis in his arm; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

New product development takes an interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach

24/01/2022

Business stagnation is never a good thing. It’s the reason assistive technology manufacturers continuously come up with innovative equipment and improve on their existing products. REHACARE.com shows the influence users have on the assistive technology industry and explains the research and development processes in manufacturing companies.
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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 car with a dented bonnet after a crash test, various individual parts lying in the foreground; Copyright: PantherMedia/chagpg

PantherMedia/chagpg

Development, testing, improvements: making automobility more inclusive and safer

24/01/2021

Many of the latest trends and developments in the assistive technology realm have started and evolved through the automotive industry. Hardly any other sector features research and development departments as big and state-of-the-art as this segment. Whether it’s an in-house test center or a visionary campus – people are hard at work to shape the future of automobility.
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Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Why inclusion is more important than ever amid the coronavirus crisis

25/06/2020

How are families of children with disabilities coping during the coronavirus crisis? A recent online survey asked this question, prompting over 1,600 participants to respond in just two weeks. What do the survey results reveal about the current state of society in terms of social participation and inclusion? We asked Dorothea Kugelmeier and Dr. Raimund Schmolze-Krahn, who launched the study.
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Zahout-Heil

SmAccLab: Smart auxiliary means for everyone

28/05/2019

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 found out how product engineering and inclusion join forces.
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ichó systems - icho-systems.de

"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences, and impressions."

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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HelpCamps

HelpCamps: "Making assistive technology faster, more affordable and personalized"

23/11/2017

In accordance with the slogan "Nothing about us without us", the HelpCamps project aims at developing and implementing concepts and ideas together. To make this a reality, people with disabilities, companies from the assistive technology, care and assistance sectors, as well as stakeholders in the so-called maker movement and researchers, are brought together to network during various events.
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MPI-INF/MMeyer

Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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