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Hocoma is a privately hold globally active medical technology company based near Zurich, Switzerland. Hocoma was founded in 1996 as spin-off of the Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich, by the electrical and biomedical engineers Gery Colombo and Matthias Jörg and the economist Peter Hostettler. Today, Hocoma employs more than 110 people at its headquarters near Zurich and in its subsidiaries in Norwell, Massachusetts and Singapore. It develops therapy solutions for neurorehabilitation and low back pain therapy working closely with clinics and research centers. The Hocoma therapy solutions support the treatment of neurological patients with movement disorders caused by stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or other neurological diseases and injuries as well as low back pain patients. Wikipedia.

Hocoma | Date: 2013-11-08

An apparatus for gait training, comprising: a movable base (

Duschau-Wicke A.,ETH Zurich | Duschau-Wicke A.,University of Zurich | Duschau-Wicke A.,Hocoma | Caprez A.,ETH Zurich | And 3 more authors.
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation | Year: 2010

Background: Manual body weight supported treadmill training and robot-aided treadmill training are frequently used techniques for the gait rehabilitation of individuals after stroke and spinal cord injury. Current evidence suggests that robot-aided gait training may be improved by making robotic behavior more patient-cooperative. In this study, we have investigated the immediate effects of patient-cooperative versus non-cooperative robot-aided gait training on individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI). Methods: Eleven patients with iSCI participated in a single training session with the gait rehabilitation robot Lokomat. The patients were exposed to four different training modes in random order: During both non-cooperative position control and compliant impedance control, fixed timing of movements was provided. During two variants of the patient-cooperative path control approach, free timing of movements was enabled and the robot provided only spatial guidance. The two variants of the path control approach differed in the amount of additional support, which was either individually adjusted or exaggerated. Joint angles and torques of the robot as well as muscle activity and heart rate of the patients were recorded. Kinematic variability, interaction torques, heart rate and muscle activity were compared between the different conditions. Results: Patients showed more spatial and temporal kinematic variability, reduced interaction torques, a higher increase of heart rate and more muscle activity in the patient-cooperative path control mode with individually adjusted support than in the non-cooperative position control mode. In the compliant impedance control mode, spatial kinematic variability was increased and interaction torques were reduced, but temporal kinematic variability, heart rate and muscle activity were not significantly higher than in the position control mode. Conclusions: Patient-cooperative robot-aided gait training with free timing of movements made individuals with iSCI participate more actively and with larger kinematic variability than non-cooperative, position-controlled robot-aided gait training. © 2010 Duschau-Wicke et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.7.2 | Award Amount: 4.33M | Year: 2010

MUNDUS is an assistive framework for recovering direct interaction capability of severely motor impaired people based on arm reaching and hand function. Most of the solutions provided by Assistive Technology for supporting independent life of severely impaired people completely substitute the natural interaction with the world, reducing their acceptance. Human dignity and self-esteem are more preserved when restoring missing functions with devices safeguarding self perception and first hand interaction while guaranteeing independent living.\nMUNDUS uses any residual control of the end-user, thus it is suitable for long term utilization in daily activities. Sensors, actuators and control solutions adapt to the level of severity or progression of the disease allowing the disabled person to interact voluntarily with naturality and at maximum information rate.\nMUNDUS targets are the neurodegenerative and genetic neuromuscular diseases and high level Spinal Cord Injury.\nMUNDUS is an adaptable and modular facilitator, which follows its user along the progression of the disease, sparing training time and allowing fast adjustment to new situations. MUNDUS controller integrates multimodal information collected by electromyography, bioimpedance, head/eye tracking and eventually brain computer interface commands. MUNDUS actuators modularly combine a lightweight and non-cumbersome exoskeleton, compensating for arm weight, a biomimetic wearable neuroprosthesis for arm motion and small and lightweight mechanisms to assist the grasp of collaborative functional objects identified by radio frequency identification. The lightness and non cumbersomeness will be crucial to applicability in the home/work environment.\nSpecific scenarios in the home and work environment will be used to assess, subjectively and quantitatively, the usability of the system by real end-users in the living laboratory facility.

Hocoma | Date: 2015-07-28

Medical equipment for physiotherapy and physical exercises, namely, training equipment for use in the field of physical therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, functional movement therapy and the treatment of back and lower back pain in the nature of exercise machines for therapeutic purposes and related software used for controlling and guiding physiotherapy and physical exercises sold as a unit; medical and veterinary apparatus and instruments, namely, exercise machines for therapeutic purposes in the form of a device for guiding pelvic movement during gait training in order to ensure a physiological gait pattern; orthopedic articles, namely, orthopaedic belts, stretchers straps, and manually operated resistance bands for physical therapy purposes.

Hocoma | Date: 2014-02-11

Data processing equipment and computers, recorded computer programs, recorded computer software, all the aforesaid goods for the control and operation of medical and therapeutic equipment and training equipment and devices for rehabilitation; computer games, especially computer games that can be used and played in combination with medical and therapeutic equipment and training equipment and devices for rehabilitation. Medical equipment for physiotherapy and physical exercises, including training equipment for use in the field of physical therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, functional movement therapy and the treatment of back and lower back pain; surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments except auto-injectors for the administration of pharmaceutical products; artificial limbs, orthopedic articles. Gymnastic and sporting articles included in this class; appliances for gymnastics, in particular training equipment for the back, legs, feet, arms and hands.

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