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Wearable device helps vision-impaired people avoid collision

Photo: Wearable device [30/03/2015] People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls and collisions.Wearable device helps vision-impaired people avoid collision - Read more

Smart textiles system prevents pressure ulcers in wheelchair users

Graphic: Drawing of a wheelchair and smart textile system [23/03/2015] The European research project PUMA (Pressure Ulcer Measurement and Actuation) technically coordinated by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV) has developed a portable and non-invasive device to prevent and early detect the risk of Pressure Ulcer (PU) development and revert its onset for Tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injured (T-SCI) individuals relying on wheelchairs.Smart textiles system prevents pressure ulcers in wheelchair users - Read more

Prosthetic hands, robotic trousers and biosensors – £5.3 million for health-care tech research

Photo: Prosthetic hand [16/03/2015] A prosthetic hand controlled by the nervous system, robotic clothing to help people with walking, and biosensors to monitor how patients use equipment or exercise during rehabilitation are the focus of three research projects awarded £5.3 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).Prosthetic hands, robotic trousers and biosensors – £5.3 million for health-care tech research - Read more

Automatic drug dispensers empower the elderly

Photo: Automatic drug dispenser [04/03/2015] Sixteen elderly people in a Norwegian municipality have been testing an automatic drug dispenser at home in their living rooms. Results include increased feelings of empowerment, time saved by the home care services, and fewer medication errors.Automatic drug dispensers empower the elderly - Read more

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

 
 

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