11 Physical training, physiotherapy and occupational therapy
11.03 Excercise therapy
Product category: Alternative input devices
Personal Robot Jaco is a technical aid for persons with limited or no hand function. The gripper of the robot performs all kinds of activities that the user no longer can perform manually. Jaco usually is mounted on the users wheelchair and can due to its personalised control methods very efficiently be operated. The number of activities that the user independently can perform through its use is almost endless. Most important are the activities that allow the user to live as independently and autonomously as possible – e.g eating and drinking, picking up objects, kitchen activities or self-care.
Jaco was designed for persons with very limited or even completely lacking hand function. Supportive technical aids like dynamic arm supports are no option for these persons. Users commonly are persons challenged by neurological or neuromuscular disorders in an advanced stage. For safe and effective use a basic understanding of its functioning as well as visual capacities should be available.
Kinova Rehab at Montreal, Canada developed Jaco. Focal Meditech did in close cooperation adaptations for the European market. In addition, Focal is able to supply mounting systems and do actual wheelchair mounting and system integration.
User specific and dependent of the used wheelchair are provided wheelchair integration and assembly by Focal, as well as instruction and delivery. All this is based on a high-quality research with all those involved followed by an advice. Focal acts to several European countries as supports in the provision and maintenance of Jaco and also provides numerous additional components such as swing away and tilting mechanisms and controls.
Dowing is designed for users requiring constant support of their arm while performing activities. Dowing typically supports users who work and stay in indoors environements while sitting in a chair, working chair or next to a table or work spot. However adjustment of the size of gravity compensation also is made possible in an easy and ergonomic way..
Dowing can be used one- or two sided. Switching from one side to another is made easy. Several properties of the user being the personal disabilities, possibilities combined with the needs of the user determine if one or two Dowings are required..
Dowing is intended for the optimized performance of essential Activities of Daily Living (ADL) including eating, drinking, facial care, computer use and numerous other activities. Dowing is a valuable contribution on the work spot for persons who are disabled in performing manual labour activities. Further, it may play a valuable role as a therapy device supplying gravity compensation during exercises in clinical settings..
The intended use of Dowing also includes the application as an ergonomic aid for persons who are at risk for Complaints of Arm Neck and-or Shoulder (CANS), overload or strong fatigue due to challenging working conditions, which may be due to continuous or frequent task performance above shoulder level or performance of many static manual activities.
The eat aid Jamie is a facility for eating independently by persons with disabilities in the arm function. The Jamie makes it possible to address food from a plate independently and to move, towards the user. This may involve picking up bread, or pinning or peddle a meal from a plate. But also to move of a cup or mug. Jamie uses a dynamic arm support. This is a pivoting, metal arm support on which a specific dynamic arm scale is attached. The whole is mounted on an eating tray.Users of the Jamie are typically individuals with a muscle disease or a neurological disorder. They have some active shoulder function, and some deployable hand function. The Jamie works in the horizontal plane. Jamie obviously remains on the table where the user eats and drinks. Should the user be in need of support in other places and in more activities than eating alone, the use of a multi-purpose arm support as the Top/Help, Sling or Darwing is recommended. The user of the Jamie usually only expects support during eating.
Gowing supports in performing numerous daily activities such as eating, drinking, brushing teeth, typing or to scratch the nose. Lifting objects independently and committing personal care is possible again with Gowing. Using Gowing, including all its options, is kept simple deliberately. The arm is placed in the lower arm splint, wherein it is not necessary to fix the arm. Due to its unique construction, Gowing follows the user's arm quite naturally in the horizontal plane. Moreover there is chosen for the key vertical routes, such as to the mouth or head, to make smooth functionally feasible. Besides, there are several options for Gowing to quickly adapt to the changing conditions and tasks.
New solutions Gowing has many new solutions that are unique to this arm support. The arm support is using a balancing mechanism which engages in a way that the user experiences as naturally and smoothly. The drive of the upward movement is hybrid. This means that the arm can move both assisted and passive (all the power supplied by means of external energy). There is a new system whereby the user can balance his arm at an adjustable level, for instance to and from the mouth.
Obi ist eine neu entwickelte Esshilfe, bei der fortschrittliche Robotertechnologie eingesetzt wird. Der Teller bietet 4 Schalen für unterschiedliche Speisen. Der Roboterarm nimmt diese mit dem Löffel auf und führt sie zum Mund. Der Anwender wählt jeweils über einen Taster, aus welcher Schale OBI die Speisen entnehmen soll. Die Bedienung und Einrichtung des Hilfsmittels ist sehr einfach. Durch seinen Akku ist er unabhängig von einer Spannungsversorgung. Obi kann überall genutzt werden und unterstützt die Selbstständigkeit.
The dynamic arm support 'Top/Help' is an extremely durable arm support that proves its functionality over many years. The product has gradually developed further. All versions are is also available with lockable arm extension. Blocking makes it possible to stabilize the forearm, for example, when performing an operation that requires accuracy, or for the benefit to assist in electric wheelchair operation.
Technology for the benefit of independence and autonomy has a great importance. Such technology should help to provide feasible and affordable answers to complex care questions, which greatly increase because of aging Still, there are very few companies in Western Europe that manufacture very modern assistive devices that contribute to independent home living and functioning longer and better. Focal belongs to this select group of companies and even gained a leading position when it comes to support or replacement of the arm and hand function, body support and independent feeding.
One philosophy To us, it does not matter if it concerns dynamic arm supports, care robotics, eating devices or another product: Focal always works from the same uniform approach when it comes to the development of products. Listening, creating, improving is our motto. This entails that the demand of our users stands fully central. We try to listen carefully to what those demands are. Thereafter, we start with our skilled and well-equipped development- and production departments. Getting an advanced assistive device on the market is a complex process. With our first products, we go back to the users and improve them on their instructions. We do not stop, until it is fully geared to their wishes.
The employees of Focal Meditech give their best effort to realize and deliver the best Assistive Technology products. Having dialogs and contact with our stakeholders and users is of great importance. Under mentioned, you will find our contact persons from different departments.