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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

Wheelchair users demand a designer future

Photo: Special bag for wheelchair users [03/12/2014] Too many accessories for wheelchair users still scream disability aid. Now a team of design students from Brunel University London has teamed up with campaigning website Blue Badge Style to produce stylish accessories. The best chosen by public vote will go forward to prototype stage.Wheelchair users demand a designer future - Read more

Researchers study impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees

Photo: Powered prosthetic device [24/11/2014] Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines exactly what happens when these technologies fail, with the goal of developing a new generation of more robust powered prostheses.Researchers study impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees - Read more

Social robots enable young people with diabetes to be more confident about their futures

Photo: Two boys with a NAO robot [17/11/2014] Social robots are helping diabetic children accept the nature of their condition and become more confident about their futures, scientists have announced following a four-and-a-half year research study.Social robots enable young people with diabetes to be more confident about their futures - Read more

Prosthetic and orthotic service in developing countries

Photo: Prosthetic and orthotic services [12/11/2014] How well do prosthetic and orthotic services work in countries characterized by poverty and civil war? Lina Magnusson, who became the first female Swedish prosthetist/orthotist with a PhD, wrote her dissertation on this topic at the School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University in Sweden.Prosthetic and orthotic service in developing countries - Read more

NEBIAS: Prosthesis with intelligent sense of touch

( Source: REHACARE.de )

Photo: Two men at arm wrestling, one wearing a prosthesis [07/11/2014] A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching, while blindfolded.NEBIAS: Prosthesis with intelligent sense of touch - Read more

 
 

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