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Changing Lives with Assistive Technology

“Assistive technology is a life changer – it opens the door to education for children with impairments, employment and social interaction for adults living with disabilities, and an independent life of dignity for older persons.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General of the WHO)

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[Press release] Medical technology company Sunrise Medical and munevo enter strategic cooperation: Globally active wheelchair manufacturer Sunrise Medical and start-up munevo team up in the market segment of innovative head control systems for electric wheelchairs

The focus of both companies’ cooperation is munevo DRIVE, munevo’s innovative head control system for electric wheelchairs - a smart glass application that enables drivers to navigate their wheelchairs hands-free and operate additional devices solely by head movements. Built-in sensors translate the driver’s head movements such as slight nodding and tilting into signals sent from the smart glass directly to the wheelchair's control system.

"We are already seizing the opportunities of digitization in many ways. munevo's innovative head control system is an excellent addition to our advanced electric wheelchair portfolio. Especially as an add-on to our sophisticated, fully customizable Q700 series, munevo DRIVE will improve the usability as much as the access to all connected systems such as smartphones and robot arms – especially for users with severe mobility restrictions." states Letícia Voland Aguilar, Marketing Manager Central Europe at Sunrise Medical, delightedly on the expanded range of assistance technology options.

"Our common goals is supporting people with reduced mobility in their strive for independence, personal freedom and quality of life. Therefore, we complement each other perfectly. Sunrise Medical's well-established sales network will enable even more electric wheelchair drivers to benefit from our intuitive and convenient head control system." says munevo’s Managing Director Konstantin Madaus, explaining the cooperation which is also to be expanded beyond Europe in the future.

As an integral element to a comprehensive assistive technology plan for people with significantly impaired mobility, munevo DRIVE can now be ordered directly with the Sunrise Medical Q700 wheelchair series order forms. In Germany, munevo DRIVE has its own assistive technology number (18.99.13.0001) in the new product group "Wheelchair controls by smart technology usage" and can therefore be reimbursed by insurances.

About Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical is one of the world market leaders in the development, production and sale of manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, electric vehicles and systems for perfect sitting and positioning. Sunrise Medical produces in its own production facilities in Germany, Great Britain, Spain, the United States, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and China. The brands SOPUR, RGK, QUICKIE, ZIPPIE, BREEZY, STERLING, GEMINO, JAY, WHITMYER, SWITCH-IT, EMPULSE, MAGIC MOBILITY and ORACING as well as LECKEY and FIREFLY are sold by medical and rehabilitation retailers as well as wholesalers in over 130 countries. Sunrise Medical’s innovative strength results from intensive research and development activities. The wheelchair manufacturer is a sponsor of Team Sunrise, which is successful in international disabled sports. 2,300 people work for Sunrise Medical worldwide.

Press contact Sunrise Medical: Martina Müller-Keitel

About munevo

The munevo GmbH team created munevo DRIVE to provide an intuitive, comfortable electric wheelchair operation option for people with significant mobility impairments. munevo’s mission? Empowering people! After the successful market launch of munevo DRIVE in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, the munevo team is continuing to strive for the sustainable advancement of their products and services.

Press contact munevo: Dana Meichsner

November 16, 2021Keine Kommentare

[Press release] German engineering for electric wheelchairs – Hands-free control system now available throughout Scandinavia: Medema and munevo boost their cooperation

Currently, the Health and Rehab Scandinavia 2021 trade fair is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Its goal is to show the latest and best of assistive, health and welfare technology. The fair will promote rehabilitation as well as care and hospital equipment to professionals, organizations, authorities, companies, and private persons. Besides the large exhibition area, seminars, networking events and debates are also part of the spectrum the trade fair offers.

Munich-based startup munevo GmbH, in turn, has invented and created munevo DRIVE, a proportional head control for the operation of electric wheelchairs that utilizes smartglasses. munevo will seize the opportunity to join their latest cooperation partner at their booth in Copenhagen: Medema, a Scandinavian manufacturer of quality aids and provider of health care services for disabled and elderly people.

“Our cooperation with Medema is a great opportunity to make a real difference in a lot of people’s lives. We are always striving to spread the word and equip as many people as possible with munevo DRIVE. Now, the wheelchair users in Scandinavia will get access to our innovative head control system as well, which makes me very happy and proud.

Supported by Medema as our sales partner for Scandinavia, we can once more overcome obstacles of many kinds – not only in terms of borders and language barriers! Together, we will assist people in their stride for independence and personal freedom by offering a possibility for significantly increased mobility to the Scandinavian wheelchair users as well.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to grow with Medema and continue to improve people’s lives with our products and engagement.” says Claudiu Leverenz, CEO at munevo. “We are very excited to join Medema at their booth in Copenhagen. Personally, I am looking forward to meeting and talking to a lot of interesting people there.”

About Medema A/S

Medema group produces quality aids and provides health care services for people with disabilities and the elderly. They have subsidiaries in three countries: Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Medema’s head office is situated close to Oslo in Norway. Both manufacturing and assembly take place in Herning, Denmark. Since 1981, the Mini Crosser mobility scooter and other powerchairs are being produced there. Today, Medema has approximately 100 employees and supplies retailers in more than 15 countries. Their products have one goal: to make a difference in people’s lives.

About munevo GmbH

The munevo GmbH team created munevo DRIVE to provide an intuitive, comfortable electric wheelchair operation option for people with significant mobility impairments. munevo’s mission? Empowering people! After the successful market launch of munevo DRIVE in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, the munevo team is continuing to strive for the sustainable advancement of their products and services.

Press contact: Dana Meichsner

Oktober 5, 2021Keine Kommentare

[Press release] Smart glasses for the hands-free operation of electric wheelchairs: munevo and tooz join forces

Approximately 85 million people worldwide depend on using wheelchairs. Many of them are not capable of moving their wheelchairs without additional appliances. The Munich-based company munevo GmbH is determined to support these people by providing them with the progressive munevo DRIVE system - an innovative proportional head control for electric wheelchairs based on the utilization of smart glasses. It enables users to operate their wheelchairs hands-free just by slightly moving their heads.

munevo wants to offer an attractive, easily wearable pair of everyday smart glasses to their users and has therefore initiated a cooperation with smart glasses producer tooz technologies GmbH. Founded in 2018, tooz is a joint venture of Deutsche Telekom and ZEISS. The company focuses on upgrading normal prescription glasses with digital virtual screens.

What is the cooperation of munevo and tooz about?

Users who may benefit from munevo DRIVE are people living with disabilities caused by multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or injuries to the upper spinal cord, to name just a few. And this is where tooz technologies step in: with their convenient everyday smart glasses that deliver content discreetly into the wearer’s field of view, they provide just the right solution. Integrated IMU sensors make their smart glasses the  perfect addition to the munevo DRIVE experience.

“Combining munevo DRIVE with tooz Smart Glasses aims to strengthen the autonomy of people with significant mobility impairments. munevo and tooz are very excited to join forces for this cooperation. Our goal is to profit from each other’s expertise. By teaming up, we want to reach even more people all over the globe and equip them with our progressive devices - for more independence and freedom as well as a significantly improved quality of life.”, emphasizes Claudiu Leverenz, CEO of munevo GmbH.

tooz Smart Glasses and the munevo DRIVE system

The foremost feature of munevo DRIVE is safely steering and operating an electric wheelchair: two custom profiles adjusted to different environments guarantee for an excellent driving experience. The tooz Smart Glasses connect to the munevo DRIVE device via Bluetooth®. Built-in sensors capture the head movements of their user - and thus, enable them to steer their electric wheelchair solely by slight head tilts and nodding.

Additionally, the wearer gains full control over the settings of their electric wheelchair. They may adjust the appliance to individual needs and preferences. Pre-installed apps for navigation, health, messaging, weather forecasts and more support everyday life by displaying custom content within the wearers’ visual field.

Since the tooz optic can be cut and edged into various shapes, the smart glasses enable an individually adjustable fit whilst suiting most personal styles and preferences. Additional features like vision correction, custom coatings and UV protection provide an outstanding user experience on a day-to-day basis.

The tooz Smart Glasses are currently available as a developer kit for purchase in the EU, USA and China. A consumer product is currently under development for its release in 2022.

About munevo GmbH

The munevo GmbH team created munevo DRIVE to provide an intuitive, comfortable electric wheelchair operation option for people with significant mobility impairments. munevo’s mission? Empowering people! After the successful market launch of munevo DRIVE in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, the munevo team is continuing to strive for the sustainable advancement of their products and services.

About tooz technologies GmbH

tooz technologies GmbH is a joint venture of Deutsche Telekom and ZEISS. On a mission to upgrade normal prescription glasses with digital virtual screens, tooz develops optical engines to provide cost effective, unobtrusive, ready-made smart glasses solutions. Innovative optical technologies for wearables by tooz unleash a variety of exciting opportunities across industries, in the health sector and for consumer applications.

Press contact: Dana Meichsner