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Bio-inspired robotic sock promotes blood circulation and prevents blood clots in legs

Photo: Patient with robotic sock [23/02/2015] Patients who are bedridden or unable to move their legs are often at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition caused by blood clots forming along the lower extremity veins of the legs. A team of researchers has invented a novel sock that can help prevent DVT and improve survival rates of patients.Bio-inspired robotic sock promotes blood circulation and prevents blood clots in legs - Read more

Research lays groundwork for next-generation prosthetics

Graphic: Muscles of the hand [18/02/2015] Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President's BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology.Research lays groundwork for next-generation prosthetics - Read more

Custom tailoring robotic exoskeletons that fit to perfection

Photo: Exoskeleton [11/02/2015] Today, exoskeletons are available commercially, but they pose several problems. They take a long time to design and fabricate, for example, and the models, while costly to create, can be ill-fitting.Custom tailoring robotic exoskeletons that fit to perfection - Read more

Auxiliary means: Scarce commodities in Africa

Medical care with auxiliary means is not sufficiently regulated in every country in the world. The social system in Senegal for instance does not cover the cost for this. People with disabilities therefore need to pay for their own required resources. But what happens if that is not possible?Auxiliary means: Scarce commodities in Africa - Read more

Inclusion is a human right – around the world

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted at the end of 2006 by the United Nations General Assembly and took effect in 2008. But what is the situation like after seven years? What countries are implementing inclusion, which is requested in the CRPD and anchored as a human right and in what form? Here is an overview.Inclusion is a human right – around the world - Read more

Hearing-aid intervention helps individuals gradually adjust to devices

Photo: Woman talks to elderly woman holding a hearing-aid [21/01/2015] Now, a University of Missouri researcher has developed an intervention that helps older adults gradually increase their hearing-aid use and satisfaction with the devices.Hearing-aid intervention helps individuals gradually adjust to devices - Read more

Care-O-Bot: Robots as multifunctional helpers

Photo: Service robot gives a rose to a woman [16/01/2015] Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA have now developed a new service robot: the fourth generation of the "Care-O-Bot". While its predecessors from 1998 onwards were used primarily in the development of technological fundamentals, the Care-O-bot 4 is a modular product family providing the basis for commercial service robot solutions.Care-O-Bot: Robots as multifunctional helpers - Read more

Technophobia may keep seniors from using apps to manage diabetes

Photo: Elderly man using a smartphone [07/01/2015] Despite showing interest in web or mobile apps to help manage their Type 2 diabetes, only a small number of older adults actually use them, says a new study from the University of Waterloo. Approximately 2.2 million Canadians are living with Type 2 diabetes, 2 million of whom are age 50 or older.Technophobia may keep seniors from using apps to manage diabetes - Read more

New findings from mind-controlled robot arm project

Photo: Mind-controlled robot arm [17/12/2014] In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes.New findings from mind-controlled robot arm project - Read more

POSEIDON: Information technology for people with Trisomy 21

Photo: People with trisomy 21 test apps [05/12/2014] An ICT research EU project is producing visual and touch apps to help people with Trisomy 21 become more independent in their daily lives.POSEIDON: Information technology for people with Trisomy 21 - Read more

 
 

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