PARAVAN offers a new solution for the VW Caddy 5 Maxi with an electric interior folding ramp that allows customers with disabilities to enter comfortably from the side. The vehicle offers a low entry height, versatile adaptation options for individual needs and was presented at REHACARE 2023.
Dr. Andreas Kannenberg and Dr. Gerald Stark of Ottobock were honored with two awards during the AOPA meeting in the U.S., the Howard R. Thranhardt Award for their research on the C-Brace leg orthosis and the Sam E. Hamontree Business Education Award for outstanding presentations in O&P business and education.
Living Comfort Support Ltd (LCS) has acquired WheelAir, a company known for its active airflow technology for wheelchair seating, allowing self-regulation of body temperature. WheelAir will continue to operate as a subsidiary of LCS, maintaining its brand identity, and founder Corien Staels will stay involved with the brand.
Pride Mobility introduces the robust "Pursuit 2" mobility scooter, designed for adventurous off-road excursions. It offers impressive durability, a lighter design, and comes in three vibrant colors. With a top speed of 9.3 mph and a 400-pound weight capacity, it combines versatility and power for a comfortable and long-lasting ride.
The European Commission's proposal for a European Disability Card improves free movement for people with disabilities but falls short of fully addressing their needs. The disability movement welcomes the initiative but emphasizes the need for deeper changes to ensure equal rights for individuals with disabilities when living and working in other EU countries.
ETH Zurich will present CYBATHLON, a non-profit project showcasing assistive technologies and inclusive design, at RehaCare 2023. From September 13-16, 2023, hands-on demonstrations will showcase the advancement of assistive technologies and announce CYBATHLON, an international competition to promote assistive technologies and inclusion.
Pride Mobility has introduced the Baja® Raptor 2 4-Wheel, an innovative and stylish mobility device, expanding their range of products. It offers exceptional speed, comfort, and adaptivity with a focus on stability and safety, while also emphasizing user independence and choice in transportation.
Researchers at Kaunas University of Technology have developed an AI-based system, including BiomacVR and BiomacEMG, aimed at aiding stroke victims' rehabilitation by monitoring arm movements through wearable technology. This technology benefits both patients and professionals, enabling precise exercise design and individualized treatment plans.
Sunrise Medical's mobility products have won awards in the 2023 Mobility Product Award program by Mobility Management. The competition was fierce, showcasing innovation in Complex Rehab Technology and mobility industries.
ReWalk Robotics acquires AlterG, a leading provider of Anti-Gravity systems for rehabilitation, to expand its portfolio in neurorehabilitation. The transaction strengthens ReWalk's market presence, accelerates its path to profitability and enables new product development.
The two power wheelchairs Jazzy® EVO 613Li and Jazzy® EVO 614HD by Pride Mobility won 2023 Mobility Product Awards for their excellent performance. The Jazzy EVO 613Li offers a nimble ride with Mid-Wheel 6® tech, while the Jazzy EVO 614HD excels in strength and terrain versatility.
The new PARAVAN Hyundai STARIA is a modern wheelchair-accessible multivan that can be customized and is available with various features such as a cassette lift, drive and steering system, and voice control. Thanks to a lowered vehicle floor, it offers spacious interior space for wheelchair and passengers.
ReWalk Robotics supports CMS proposal to include personal exoskeletons in Medicare benefit category for braces, aiming to expedite coverage and improve access to innovative technologies for individuals with neurological conditions. Stakeholders have a 60-day comment period to provide feedback before the expected finalization of the rule in early November.
A groundbreaking surgical and engineering advancement has allowed a person with an arm amputation to control each finger of a bionic hand as if it were their own. By reconfiguring the residual limb and integrating sensors and a skeletal implant, the prosthesis can now be controlled using A.I. algorithms and nerve rewiring, offering new possibilities for amputees.
National Seating & Mobility (NSM), the largest provider of mobility solutions in North America, has partnered with munevo, Inc. to introduce the munevo DRIVE smart glass alternative drive control for power wheelchairs in the U.S., providing greater independence and freedom for power chair users through innovative technology.
Funke Medical GmbH has expanded its product range with the MobiTurn® turning and positioning aid, which can be used in inpatient and home care. The intelligent aid facilitates the repositioning of immobile patients and enables back-friendly care.
The C-Brace, an advanced stand and swing phase-controlled orthosis (MP-SSCO), shows better neurorehabilitation outcomes compared to conventional leg orthoses (KAFOs) in an international study. The study provided important insights for clinical practice and could provide the basis for effective reimbursement for the C-Brace.
The medical technology company Ottobock was honored with the RI Centennial Award for its commitment to people with disabilities. The award ceremony took place as part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Rehabilitation International (RI) organization in Beijing.
Sunrise Medical Group won the "New Product of the Year" award at the Scandinavian Health & Rehab Messe 2023 in Denmark for their Switch-It Vigo Head Drive. The innovative device impressed judges with its sleek design, practical functionality, and the potential for further development.
PARAVAN GmbH demonstrates a wide range of possibilities for individually adapting vehicles and machines to make it easier for people with disabilities to re-enter working life, whether through adaptations to access or the control of the vehicles. Inclusion in the workplace requires willingness and a common basic understanding among all parties involved.
The new EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Reporting requires companies operating in the EU to report on their practices for the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups. The reporting standards have been published, and companies will gradually implement them starting from the financial year 2024.
The FUSE R is an active wheelchair that combines the best features and developments from MEYRA GmbH and Rainer Küschall. In addition to a modern rigid frame, it offers individual adjustment of seat height and center of gravity via the seat module, various customization options and a wide range of colors.
Drive Medical is expanding its series around the lightweight rollator Torro with the Torro Acero. Despite its low weight, this rollator can carry loads of up to 150 kilograms and can be used both indoors and outdoors. It also offers comfort thanks to its large and soft seats.
REHACARE SHANGHAI will be upgraded to REHACARE CHINA and relocated to Suzhou, offering a platform for communication and cooperation among rehabilitation companies, medical institutions, and service organizations.
The smart skin developed by Anna Maria Coclite has many potential applications – from robotics and cosmetic surgery to prosthetics. With an ERC Proof of Concept Grant, the researcher is now exploring its possible practical applications.