Rehabilitation and personal autonomy
In a market as demanding as the one for rehabilitation, ongoing innovation is required together with patients and users.
At the Instituto de Biomécanica (IBV) we evaluate the effect of devices for rehabilitation and personal autonomy on people, in order to design better solutions that improve their quality of life. We help understand how to improve existing solutions, evaluating users from the perspective of ergonomics, biomechanics, anthropometry, accessibility, usability, physiological signals, regulations and user experience.
We accompany companies in all phases of the development process from the identification of innovation opportunities to the design and evaluation of solutions.
We help respond to these essential challenges

MONITORING AND FOLLOW-UP

Today’s technology makes it possible to keep a check on the changes occurring in patients and the effect that treatment has on their health, both in the laboratory and in their real life. The challenge in monitoring rehabilitation is to identify the main parameters to be checked and to adapt the technology to the user, ensuring good cost-effectiveness.

PERSONALISATION

New 3D scanning and printing technologies are changing the way rehabilitation services are provided. The user’s experience, the scanning method, data processing and the design and manufacturing procedures are all essential factors in ensuring success in these new procedures for personalising products.

DESIGN BASED ON EMOTIONAL CRITERIA

A market that is ever more demanding and requires products to not only be effective, but also attractive for the users. It is fundamental for companies to learn what each market niche expects and what characteristics of the product may help optimise the user’s experience.

STRICTER REGULATIONS

The regulatory bodies for medical devices are making ever greater demands. The new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) includes major requirements for rehabilitation and personal autonomy devices. These changes require manufacturers to be up-to-date with the state-of-the-art and to make a greater effort in evaluating their devices.

Our solutions
We help companies in the rehabilitation and personal autonomy industry by means of the following solutions:
R&D

We generate new knowledge and cutting-edge technologies to be applied to new devices for rehabilitation and personal autonomy.

We are specialists in biomechanics, anthropometry, ergonomics, thermal comfort, UX, physiological signals and the evaluation of cognitive load.

We tackle the challenges in this industry by co-developing projects for companies in collaboration with prescribers, users and other stakeholders. The interaction among companies, technicians and users ensures we create successful solutions.

Technological consultancy

We provide companies with answers about their products or potential developments for rehabilitation and personal autonomy, concentrating on their interaction with the users and the effect these solutions have on them.

We work with all kinds of products, from classic solutions such as wheelchairs to technological devices such as exoskeletons and tele-rehabilitation systems.

With a multidisciplinary team of researchers and designers, we can take part in any phase of development for a product, providing our know-how in detecting needs, UX, design, prototypes, modelling, simulation and evaluation of medical devices.

Inspection and testing

We provide support for all kinds of certification processes for medical devices to attain the FDA and CE markings in: risk analysis, staying abreast of the state-of-the-art, device testing, clinical analysis, software evaluation, etc.

We carry out regulatory testing as well as developing our own protocols so we can assess the devices’ conformity when there is no benchmark regulation available. We can evaluate the devices’ mechanical, ergonomic, thermal and biomechanical behaviour so as to assess almost any of their characteristics

Training

We provide training related to biomechanics, disability, rehabilitation and personal autonomy for professionals and companies.

Together with a multidisciplinary team, we give training programmes on certain topics or else tailored to our clients’ needs.

Biomechanical evaluation

We use biomechanical evaluation to learn the functional capacity of people with disabilities, and the effect of different technological solutions on functions such as gait, balance, coordination, etc. These techniques are commonly used in the process of adapting prostheses and ortheses, and in evaluating the effect of treatment and assistive technology on the locomotor system.

R&D projects
IBERUS

IBERUS

Technological network of biomedical engineering applied to degenerative pathologies of the neuromusculoskeletal system in clinical and out-of-hospital settings
MOVHUM

MOVHUM

Generating criteria for evaluation and design for devices by studying biomechanical models of the upper limb and spine.
CP WALKER

CP WALKER

Robotic platform for gait rehabilitation and training in patients with cerebral palsy.
ABC

ABC

Augmented BNCI communication.
Success stories
QIMOVA

QIMOVA

LiveRest: Meeting the challenge of pressure ulcers with a comprehensive approach.
EMO

EMO

An analysis of biomechanics and perception of the service for a new generation of ortheses for arthrosis.
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