Research and Development Projects


Positively stimulating interpersonal experiences promote mental health. Telecommunication services such as tablets, smartphones and video consultation can intensify social contacts. However, those affected again experience exclusion and isolation if...

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Photo: A senior using a mobile phone to comminicate with familiy

IntegraMouse AIR

A high degree of paraplegia also leads to paralysis of important respiratory muscles. Coughing and secretion defense deteriorate, which then often leads to complications such as pneumonia. As a result, respiratory problems remain the leading cause...

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Photo: Young man operates a computer with the IntegraMouse Plus from LIFEtool.


Human beings are social creatures and interpersonal communication is an elementary, highly individual basic need. Using the tools and methods of Computer Aided Communication, people with congenital or acquired impairments of spoken language can...

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Photo: LIFEtool counsellor with a girl who speaks with the help of an iPad

RAI Dementia

Evidence from research on people with dementia suggests that the use of modern technologies can re-activate existing cognitive abilities, strengthen independence and promote social inclusion again.  Robot-assisted interaction can provide...

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Photo: Senior citizen with two robotic cats and visitor


The human brain is our most complex organ, whose disease-related damage has serious consequences for patients. The surgical treatment of neurological diseases, such as cerebral hemorrhages, is extremely difficult because target areas are often...

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Photo: LIFEtool research project MEDUSA, Figure of a head with a free brain, Shutterstock Photo

VR4 Mind & Motion / Project completed

The future care and support of people with dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing society. Currently, about 100,000 to 130,000 people with dementia live in Austria. According to the Austrian Dementia Report 2014, the number of people...

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Photo: old woman with Virtual-Reality-glasses, VR4Mind&Motion, LIFEtool

MEK / Project completed / Project completed

Society is currently undergoing a major demographic change. The proportion of people over 80 is increasing significantly and, according to studies, the majority of Austrians want to spend the rest of their lives within their own four walls, whereby...

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Photo: Laughing elderly lady in front of the TV set; LIFEtool research project MEK, Shutterstock photo

SALSA / Project completed

Physical activity is known to improve many of the factors associated with ageing and helps older adults to maintain their well-being, functional ability and independence. However, maintaining an active lifestyle or recovering from injury/illness is...

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Photo: LIFEtool research project SALSA, two seniors in fitness outfit and Yoga mattress

WheelSim VR / Project completed For people who are dependent on an e-wheelchair for their mobility, either from birth or due to an acquired disability, competent handling of the e-wheelchair is crucial for safety...

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Photo: young man in a wheel chair using Virtual Reality

Sharing Stories, Sharing Life / Project completed

Loneliness is a serious problem for older people in Europe. In the Netherlands there are over 4.1 million people aged 55 and over. More than 25% of them feel lonely. Of these, 200,000 feel extremely lonely: they only have social contact once a month...

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Photo: handwritten diary with old picture of a couple; LIFEtool research project Sharing Stories, Sharing Life

MI-Tale / Project completed

The fact that dementia is one of the greatest challenges of the future is evident in the face of the World Alzheimer's Report. The personal history of the patients plays an important role in the care of people with dementia, since it is a valuable...

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Photo: Picture frame with two pictures of a senior citizen playing Baseball with a child.

FitDaheim – Research that makes you move / Project completed

Everyone wants a high degree of quality of life - also and particularly in old age. From the age of 65 onwards restrictions in the movement apparatus are noticeable; from the age of 70, every second person complains about mobility restrictions....

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Photo: Senior does gymnastics in front of TV

Feasibility study for mouth operated control devices / Project completed

The United Nations estimate that there are a total of 650 million people with disabilities worldwide. The 2.6 million people in Europe alone suffer from impairments of their upper ex-tremities and about half of them, 1.3 million people use assistive...

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Photo: A man in a wheel chair - Prof. Sang-Mook Lee - communicates with the IntegraMouse Plus - a mouth controlled device by LIFEool

Fit4Speech / Project completed

Mastering the language is a fundamental prerequisite for social development, school learning, a successful career and life. According to the results of the Idsteiners speech screening for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years and school...

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Photo: Laughing child leafing through a book, Fit4Speech, LIFEtool

W.I.F.I. Welding Interaction in Future Industry / Project completed

© Fronius International GmbH 2014 Welding requires high precision and usually the use of both hands for guidance of the welding torch. Thus, the adjustment of various parameters, such as welding current or filler material, is not possible or is...

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Photo: copyright fronius; "Welding Interaction in Future Industry" R&D project in cooperation with FH- Hagenberg, Fronius and LIFEtool

SOCIALCARE / Project completed

The aim of the SOCIALCARE project is to provide a set of guidelines, best practices and technological tools for a sustainable social care network by empowered citizens in local communities that supports older people. The project should help in order...

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Photo: User tests; young woman with senior

V(i).T.A.L / Project completed

Eye control systems are used in certain cases in the counselling of people with disabilities. In recent years, these systems have improved to the point where they are suitable for everyday use in often the most difficult conditions.

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Photo: Child in a wheelchair operating computer with eye tracking

MOSES / Project completed

The aim of MOSES is to setup a concept for running a test-region in the field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) - assistive technologies, mHealth and eHealth - in a cost-effective and sustainable way for NPOs as a social business. By this it will be...

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Photo: An elderly testing an AAL solution at home

IAAA / Project completed

Personalisation is now a component of a large number of computer-based systems. It is also to be expected that its importance will increase significantly in view of the European but also national and country-wide 2020 strategy with regard to...

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Photo: man and woman working at a daycare center for people with disabilities

Prosperity4All / Project completed

This project has set itself the goal to build an infrastructure that allows companies, organisations and people to develop products and solutions for people with special needs in a simple and cost-saving way. Motivation Worldwide, more...

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Photo: Young girl with headset and micro, project: Prosperity4All

VRC - Voice Remote Control / Project completed

The goal of this project was to enable the control of TVs with mobile phones via voice. Motivation People with special needs, especially physically impaired persons, often face big problems to control their environment. A standard...

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Photo: Young male infront of a screen with demo version of VRC-app

Touchless input systems for people with disabilities / Project completed

This project is a study project that investigates new, touchless input methods for people with disabilities. The aim is to control the computer for people with disabilities using touchless input systems.

Motivation LIFEtool has...

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Photo: young man operates Computer with  Junger Mann steuert mit  finger movements.

Singuage / Project completed

A free e-learning application by Richard Pfeiffer that allows hearing-impaired children (kindergarten age) to learn a basic vocabulary in sign language.

As part of my Master's thesis, I designed and implemented an e-learning platform with...

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Screenshot: Singuage, main menu

LIFEtool Educational / Project completed

From the very beginning until today LIFEtool has been developing a variety of educational software for people with special needs. Within an interdisciplinary team of engineers, pedagogues, and...

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Image: compilation of LIFEtool educational programs (Covers)

fun.tast.tisch. / Project completed

The aim of the project is to develop an innovative software system with detection of vulnerable objects for use by Microsoft Pixelsense in the field of therapy. This should correspond to the therapeutic needs and provide the integration of existing...

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Phote: An elderly man operates a Microsoft PixelSense table

LiveEOG / Project completed

The development of a special input device, which detects and evaluates the eye movements (electrooculogram, EOG) and head movements...

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Image: LiveEOG Glasses

MOBILE.OLD / Project completed

A total of 10 apps are being developed as part of the project. They are all easy to use and can be used on smartphones, tablets and TVs. These apps are intended to help people prepare for a journey, support them in their everyday life and promote...

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Photo: senior lady with mobile phone, Project MOBILE.OLD

PC control via Microsoft Kinect / Project completed

The aim of the project is to analyse the control of the computer for children with disabilities using Microsoft Kinect. It is to be investigated how Microsoft Kinect can be used in a favourable way, i.e. for which forms of disability Microsoft...

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Photo: young man operates PC via Microsoft Kinect

Tablet-PC and apps / Project completed

The aim of the project is to make the world of tablet PCs and apps accessible to children with disabilities in the future and also to develop and make available appropriate learning and training apps for people with disabilities.

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Photo: child operates iPad

SENNET / Project completed

In the context of the network project SENNET a network of ministries of education and national stakeholders will be established. This focuses on how technologies can be used to integrate pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream...

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Photo: A teacher points out to an exercise on the screen

Assistive Technology Laboratory (ATLab) / Project completed

The aim of the project ATLab is to develop a flexible and simple system for the development of applications (Apps) for people with special needs on tablet computers. There are only in the German-speaking area more than 10 million people living with...

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Photo: Girl operates an iPad

HOMEdotOLD / Project completed

The aim is to develop a TV-based platform that offers cost-effective, highly personalized and intuitive services. The social interaction of elderly within their own homes should be further stimulated by improving the quality of life and joy....

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Photo: A Woman is testing HOMEdotOLD program on her TV-set

AsTeRICS / Project completed

In the AsTeRICS  project a flexible and cost-effective modular system for Assistive Technologies has been developed with the aim to combine a variety of sensors and control elements. With the help of AsTeRICS it should be easier for people with...

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Image: AsTeRICS model kit

LifeACE / Project completed

The aim of this project is to develop an intelligent wireless computer mouse that can only be operated by mouth and has all the clinical and hygienic requirements for use in clinics and rehabilitation facilities. The wireless PC connection can also...

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Photo: young man operates computer with IntegraMouse Plus, mouthcontrolled computer mouse

WheelSim – Otto Bock / Project completed

"WheelSim" simulates the behaviour of an electric wheelchair on the computer - with the aim of learning and training how to control it. With the development of this programme, it is possible for affected children and young people, but also...

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Screenshot: Power wheelchair simulator for computer

Myofeedback / Project completed

For the company Medical Electronics (Med-El) in Innsbruck, the programme "Multimedia Training Software for Myofeedback" was successfully developed and completed as an external commissioned project. For the worldwide market launch, Med-El...

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Sreenshot: Myofeedback