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Innovation award for Ottobock

ottobock © Dr. Andreas Goppelt (Ottobock), Prof. Dr. Oskar Aszmann (Medical University of Vienna)

From 2012 to 2019, the prize-winners carried out research in the associated CD laboratory on the position and function of nerves and muscles to intuitively control arm movements. Ottobock has been operating in Austria for more than 50 years. The medtech company Ottobock is the world market leader in the field of prosthetics, also and in particular due to innovations originating in Vienna.
"Fundamental scientific research is very important for an innovative company like Ottobock, because only the knowledge of underlying biological mechanisms enables the development of new concepts and products, such as pattern recognition or Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) for arm prostheses. In particular, the CD laboratory is closely linked to Ottobock Vienna. It offers an ideal opportunity to pursue new approaches that would pose high economic risks without funding", Andreas Goppelt says.
The so-called pattern recognition uses eight electrodes to measure movement patterns of the muscles in the forearm stump and assigns these to specific hand movements or grips. When patients reach for a bottle of water, the Myo Plus prosthesis control unit recognises the corresponding movement pattern and gives the prosthesis the command to perform the respective grip or rotation. This happens automatically. Ottobock has been providing users with the Myo Plus pattern recognition since 2019.

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