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Robot walker for elderly people in public spaces

Photo: Elderly woman with c-walker [27/05/2015] Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. This led an EU research project to develop a robot walker to guide them around shopping centres, museums and other public buildings, thus enhancing their autonomy.Robot walker for elderly people in public spaces - Read more

New exercise device design for people with paraplegia

Photo: Exercise device [20/05/2015] Five North¬eastern Uni¬ver¬sity student-researchers have retro¬fitted a rowing machine with an inge¬nious device, allowing people with para¬plegia to exer¬cise without the aid of a trainer.New exercise device design for people with paraplegia - Read more

COGWATCH: Helping stroke patients to regain their independence

Photo: Man with a cup of tea using COGWATCH [08/05/2015] Strokes are the second leading cause of death worldwide; they kill more than one million people in Europe each year accounting for 14 percent of all deaths. About a third of the 8 million stroke survivors in the EU are left with some degree of physical or cognitive impairment affecting their ability to plan and carry out actions.COGWATCH: Helping stroke patients to regain their independence - Read more

Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

Photo: Hearing aid lying in a hand [27/04/2015] An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionize modern-day hearing aid systems. Research by the University of Strathclyde, and the MRC/CSO Institute for Hearing Research (IHR) will test an innovative design using a miniature directional microphone – similar to the ear of an insect. Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids - Read more

Using smartphones to avoid spatial disorientation of elderly

Photo: Example of geographic areas of security [27/04/2015] Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have used new technologies of the network operators to locate and send alerts when an old person with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) suffers from episodes of spatial disorientation.Using smartphones to avoid spatial disorientation of elderly - Read more

Brain-machine interface to control prosthetic hand

Photo: Man with a prosthetic hand grasping a bottle [08/04/2015] A research team from the University of Houston (UH) has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts.Brain-machine interface to control prosthetic hand - Read more

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

 
 

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