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    Neuromuscular feedback therapy is helping patients disabled by stroke, spinal cord injury and muscular disease. The procedure, displayed during conhIT, uses Cyberdyne’s Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), a robotic exoskeleton controlled by conscious neural impulses. When the patient’s brain emits “let’s walk” instructions...

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    The BOOMcast was one of the most spectacular pieces of technology presented at BIOMEDevice. Filled with electronic components, this leg cast includes four force-sensitive resistors that monitor the load-bearing conditions of the healing bone. As a connected device, these information are sent to the cloud in real-time...

    Bioservo’s Robotic SEM technology could change the lives of numerous patients with weakened hand grip. It takes the form of a three-fingered glove and a power unit. Inside the glove, finger sensors and artificial tendons are activated by the power unit to augment strength. The amount of force a glove provides is...

    Soft robots are trendy. Researchers in Switzerland have been working on novel prototypes that can be attached to a human body for medical purposes. The robots are “squishy, compliant, light and customizable,” said a researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in a video presentation. They mimic...

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    Researchers at Oxford University have found that people who had their hands amputated—even decades earlier—still maintain the representation of those hands in their brain. The findings of their study, published in the journal eLIFE, could have implications for the control of next-generation prosthetics. This team of...

    OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care center created by a group of orthopedic surgeons in South Florida, presented at FIME its brand new app called “On My Way NOW.” The app helps locate the nearest OrthoNOW center. It then sends a custom alert to the center, letting the doctors and staff know that a patient is en route,...

    The new Peak Scoliosis Bracing System from the California-based company Aspen is an unloader brace designed to unload the spine, relieve pain and enhance the quality of life for adult scoliosis patients. This adjustable brace is made to improve posture, enhance mobility and increase a patient’s ability to perform...

    Imagine a made-to-measure 3-D-printed wheelchair “cool enough to go to the club with” and that would be a real “human body extension.” That’s what Layer, an industrial design agency based in the U.K., has tried to make with its new project: “GO.” Layer’s founder, Benjamin Hubert, talked to us.   ME e-mag: Why did you...

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    A team of Johns Hopkins University students, working with a physician and prosthetic experts, has developed Prominence, the first prosthetic foot that can wear shoes with heels up to 10 cm high. Most of the prosthetic feet available today are built to fit men’s shoes and none can adjust to a heel height of more than 5...

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    According to a current WHO estimate, more than 100 million people worldwide need a prosthesis or orthosis, and 9 in 10 of them have no access to these relatively expensive devices. Several organizations are currently trying to fill this dramatic medical supply gap with the help of 3-D technology.   Born without fingers...

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    Thanks to a new generation of prosthetic arms, patients can take a sensory step forward and “feel” again.   With approximately 10 to 15 million amputees in the world, those without arms or legs make up a significant percentage of our society. But these numbers don’t make everyday existence any less of a...

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    Prosthetics have been in use for thousands of years. Although early devices cannot be compared with contemporary ones, we know that ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Romans were able to replace missing body parts as long as 3,000 years ago.   The first milestone in the subsequent evolution of prosthetics was the...

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    Beware of crackling knees! Research engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on a special stethoscope to detect knee injuries. The device consists of microphones and a film-based vibration sensor that is stuck to the leg to listen to crunchy sounds coming from the joints. Acoustic electronics then...

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    Imagine diagnosing osteoporosis at the point-of-care—without radiation. That’s what Finnish company Bone Index is proposing with its Bindex ultrasound device. It evaluates the cortical bone thickness of the tibia and immediately calculates the density index, which has historically been obtained using large dual-energy...

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    After a stroke, many patients lose the use of one of their hands, making everyday tasks a struggle. Researchers at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have developed a new video game that forces patients undergoing rehabilitation to use the side of their body affected by the stroke. The scientists use a common game...

    The Italian Antano Group presented its innovative wheelchair stair climbers during the Exposanita international healthcare exhibition, 18-20 May in Bologna. One of the most interesting products was the new version of its LG2004. Demos of this tracked stair climber are impressive. The new steering release system makes...

    Same-day hip replacement is a new procedure which allows patients to receive an endoprosthesis without having to spend the night in the hospital. Such accelerated treatment is possible by combining the highly-efficient minimally invasive anterior approach total hip replacement method with meticulously organized...

    Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada and the University of Southern Denmark have been testing a new, non-invasive method of spinal assessment that uses vibrations to identify conditions that may be invisible to MRI and other imaging techniques. This technology, sold by VibeDx, employs a small probe to...

    Two researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle have built what the specialized press considers to be the most amazing biomimetic, anthropomorphic robotic hand. The scientists started from scratch by laser-scanning a skeletal hand and then 3D-printing artificial bones to match. Those complex pieces were...

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    Created by the Berkeley-based company SuitX, the Phoenix Exoskeleton lets paraplegics sit, stand and walk. And it costs only $40,000, far less than competitive products. The minimalist design makes the robot very light – about 12 kilograms. The approach behind Phoenix was not to build a complete mobility machine or to...

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    A new software tool for orthopedic and biomedical engineers was introduced in 2015. Autodesk Within Medical is design software for creating medical implants using a 3D printer. More and more implants are created with 3D printing techniques and successful osseointegration (properly integrating the implant into existing...

    The Dot Watch is the first Braille smart watch for visually impaired people. The device gives blind users fast, mobile access to information. It is lighter than previous Braille readers, terminals and books, and is claimed to be much cheaper. The watch can be connected to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth. Its...

    Researchers at Stanford University have developed new fluorescent dyes that can help doctors see deeper inside the body and pinpoint for example tumor locations near the skin’s surface. These dyes emit light of long wavelengths close to infrared light, according to Stanford University on its website. This light is...

    Cynteract is a new hand rehabilitation system relying on a wearable glove and virtual reality. When a patient puts on the glove, little motors inside it send impulses to the fingers and help manage rehabilitation exercises. In order to motivate patients to use it regularly, the glove is connected via Bluetooth or...

    Bestic is an eating assistance device that enables patients with neurological disorders to eat autonomously. This 35-centimeter-high, 2.3 kilogram unit has a robotic arm with a removable spoon and comes with a plate. At meals, Bestic is positioned in front of the user, who can control it with the help of a small...

    A common way for deafblind people to communicate is the hand-touch alphabet, Lorm. Researchers from Berlin have developed the Mobile Lorm Glove. It is worn like a normal glove but can do much more. Fabric pressure sensors on the palm enable the user to “lorm” messages onto the hand. They are then sent to his mobile...

    The Hand of Hope is a therapeutic rehabilitation device that helps patients with hand injuries to re-learn how to move these body parts. To accomplish this, the impaired hand is attached to a robotic hand. Additionally, two electromyography (EMG) sensors are placed on the extensor and flexor muscles of the patient’s...

    Oren Tamari, CEO and creator of UPnRIDE Robotics, explained to MedicalExpo what makes the convertible stand-up wheelchair special. MedicalExpo: The market offers many standing wheelchair solutions. How does the UPnRIDE differ? Oren Tamari: The existing products on the market are usually only for indoor use, and...

    The orthopedic device market constitutes about 11% of the global medical device market and is estimated at $38.634 billion in 2014, according to an IQ4I Research & Consultancy analysis. Factors such as the rising prevalence osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, an aging population, the demand for minimally invasive surgery,...

    Fully motorized wheelchairs have been available for quite some time now. However, they’ve been criticized for discouraging upper body use. As a consequence, add-ons for standard wheelchairs were all the rage at Rehacare, making it occasionally dangerous to walk the aisles due to fast-moving equipment, whether human-...

    Hand prostheses have made an impressive technological leap in recent years. Among the companies behind this revolution, Touch Bionics stands out as one of the pioneers. We wanted to meet them at Rehacare to learn how their i-limbs connected prosthetic hands work. Instead, the meeting turned into a discussion with two...

    Exoskeletons are on the way. Our video report will show you how today’s paralyzed patients are able to walk the aisles of a trade show. The technological achievement of putting on their feet people who can’t feel them, is reaching maturity, with companies like Ekso Bionics and ReWalk articulating clear...

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    Smaller and sleeker, the BeBionic prosthetic hand claims to push back the limits of multi-articulated myo-electric hands a little bit farther. It is lighter and 30% smaller than other hands because it has been designed with women and teenagers in mind. The prosthetic experts at Steeper who developed the product...

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    Videogaming consoles with motion sensors, such as Microsoft Kinect or Nintendo Wii U, have been used for quite some time to improve patient activity. Now, the FDA clearance accorded Reflexion Health marks a turning point in serious medical gaming. Their Vera solution differs from others in its feedback feature. Not...

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    This breakthrough mind-controlled technology developed by the Icelandic company, Össur, works by using sensors the size of a matchstick surgically implanted into specific remnant muscles in the limb stump. The sensors instantaneously trigger the desired movement via a receiver located inside the prosthesis that picks...

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    When a designer and an orthopedic surgeon meet, they create… a stool. Zami Life, a stool designed for healthy sitting and posture, was one of those smart innovations hidden in Medica’s corridors. This curved stool intends to re-position the spine with its natural S-curve, contrary to the standard flat chair, which...

    Winner of i-Novo Design Award 2015 at Medica, Physiogo is a mobile unit enabling a physiotherapist to offer a full suite of treatments to patients in their own homes and in clinics. The unit, which comes with its own sturdy shoulder bag, delivers ultrasound therapy, combined therapy, magnetotherapy, laser therapy and...

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    Gait Up is a Switzerland-based wearable technology company specializing in movement analysis, particularly gait, with a mission to prevent falls and injuries, improve treatments, and enhance physical performances. Patients and athletes who strap on a pair of Gait Up’s shoe-worn Physilog wearable devices can have 25...

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    The harmful effects of excess weight on an individual’s health have been widely documented, but their extra kilograms can also have direct detrimental effects on the well-being of others. With more than one third of American adults suffering from obesity, the USA is at the vanguard of the bariatrics wave. However, it...

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    An injectable gel that could repair cartilage and prevent osteoarthritis is every athlete’s dream product. A University of Iowa orthopedics research team is working on a solution that could make those dreams come true. “We are creating an [injectable, bioactive] hydrogel that can repair cartilage, regenerate stronger...

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    The British startup Open Bionics created low-cost 3D-printed bionic hands to “arm the masses.” According to the company, there are an estimated 11.4 million hand amputees worldwide. Some have hooks, a few have robotic hands but most have no prosthesis at all. However, the robotic option is too expensive for most...

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