Research and Development Projects

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

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


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


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 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

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


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

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

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


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

© 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


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


In der Beratung von Menschen mit Behinderung kommen in bestimmten Fällen Augensteuerungssysteme zum Einsatz. In den letzten Jahren haben sich diese Systeme soweit verbessert, dass diese für den alltäglichen Einsatz unter oft schwierigsten...

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Foto: Kind im Rollstuhl mit einem Augensteuerungscomputer


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


Personalisierung ist mittlerweile Bestandteil einer Vielzahl von Computer-basierten Systemen. Es ist zudem zu erwarten, dass sich die Bedeutung angesichts der europäischen aber auch nationalen und landesweiten Strategie 2020 im Hinblick auf den...

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Foto: Kind im Rollstuhl mit einem Augensteuerungscomputer


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

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

Berührungslose Eingabesysteme für Menschen mit Behinderung

Bei diesem Projekt handelt es sich um ein Studienprojekt, welches neue, berührungslose Eingabemethoden für Menschen mit Behinderung untersucht. Ziel ist die Steuerung des Computers für Menschen mit Behinderung mittels berührungslosen...

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Foto: Junger Mann steuert mit  Fingerbewegungen den Computer.


Eine kostenlose E-Learning-Anwendung von Richard Pfeiffer, mit der hörbeeinträchtigte Kinder (Kindergartenalter) einen Grundwortschatz in der Gebärdensprache erlernen können. Im Rahmen meiner Masterarbeit habe ich eine...

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Startschirm: Singuage

LIFEtool Educational

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)


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


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


Im Rahmen des Projekts werden insgesamt 10 Apps entwickelt. Diese sind allesamt einfach zu bedienen und können auf dem Smartphone, dem Tablet und dem Fernseher genutzt werden. Diese Apps sollen Menschen dabei helfen sich auf eine Reise...

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Foto: Ältere Frau mit Handy, Projekt MOBILE.OLD

PC-Steuerung via Microsoft Kinect

Ziel des Projektes ist die Steuerung des Computers für Kinder mit Behinderung mittels Microsoft Kinect zu analysieren. Es soll untersucht werden wie Microsoft Kinect günstigerweise eingesetzt, d.h. bei welchen Behinderungsformen Microsoft Kinect als...

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Foto: Junger Mann im Rollstuhl steuert PC mit Microsoft Kinect

Tablet-PC und Apps

Ziel des Projektes ist es Kinder mit Behinderung zukünftig die Welt der Tablet-PCs und Apps zugänglich zu machen und darüber hinaus entsprechende Lern und Trainings Apps für Menschen mit Behinderung zu entwickeln und zur Verfügung zu...

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Foto: Kleines Kind bedient ein IPad


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)

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


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


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


Ziel dieses Projektes ist die Entwicklung einer intelligenten kabellosen Computermaus, die ausschließlich mit dem Mund bedient werden kann und alle klinisch-hygienischen Voraussetzungen für den Einsatz in Kliniken sowie Rehabilitationseinrichtungen...

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Foto: Junger Mann im Rollstuhl bedient Computer mit der IntegraMouse Plus

WheelSim – Otto Bock

„WheelSim“ simuliert das Verhalten eines E-Rollstuhls auf dem Computer – mit dem Ziel, dessen Steuerung zu erlernen und zu trainieren. Mit der Entwicklung dieses Programms ist es betroffenen Kindern und Jugendlichen, aber auch erwachsenen Menschen...

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Screenshot: Rollstuhlsimulator-Programm WheelSim


Für die Firma Medical Electronics (Med-El) in Innsbruck wurde erfolgreich das Programm „Multimediale Trainingssoftware für Myofeedback“ als externes Auftragsprojekt entwickelt und abgeschlossen. Für die weltweite Markteinführung greift Med-El auf...

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Sreenshot: Myofeedback