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  • Intuitive Natural Prosthesis UTilization (INPUT)

    Prosthetic users are frustrated with the technology available on the market today. The main objective of INPUT is to translate clinically relevant research results on advanced upper limb prosthetic control made in the past from the laboratory to an everyday usable solution for end-users straight after donning of the prosthesis, under the motto “don and play”. Project INPUT will […]

  • A new leg-prosthesis to improve the lateral balance of amputees

    The gait of amputees is different from that of normal healthy individuals. The combination of adding a passive aid and a lack of active control over this aid leads to certain restrictions. One of those is the inability to move the pressure point underneath the foot during walking with a prosthesis (Hof e.a., 2007). This […]

  • SPRINT @work

    Demographic ageing in the Western world means that the average age of the working population is increasing. This has major consequences for the labour process. Growing older is linked to physical and cognitive changes which can influence the performance of tasks. It’s no coincidence that the European Union has designated demographic change as one of […]

  • Orthosis for treatment of Osteoarthritis of the knee

    There is no cure for osteoarthritis for the knee yet. Articular cartilage has a poor self regenerating capacity. Even a prolonged period of non-weight bearing does not help. The ultimate treatment option is total knee prosthesis surgery, which is a radical procedure with risks of complications. Total knee prostheses have a limited life span and […]

  • Symbionics: Co-Adaptive Assistive Devices

    Increasingly many people rely for their independence on “assistive devices”, i.e. mechatronic systems that are wearable and improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Traditionally, these assistive devices are adapted to the patient upon delivery. However, during their use, they typically remain static. In our view, devices should continuously adapt to the user, according to […]

  • Sensor preventing overloading during rehabilitation

    A load-sensor from 1978

    When a patient has received an operation on a leg, rehabilitation is necessary for that patient. During this period of rehabilitation it is important that the patient continues to move. The movement accelerates the recovery prices. The load on the leg however, must remain relatively low. If too much load is put on the leg […]

  • Alternative wheelchair drive mechanisms: development, operation and physical effort

    An estimated 1% of the Dutch population (some 160,000 people) use a wheelchair as their primary means of daily transport. The majority of wheelchairs are manually propelled, usually by turning the hand rims of the rear wheels. However, propelling a wheelchair by hand is an inefficient process with only a 2-11% yield and tires the […]