Completed projects

  • Sanitary facilities are often adapted to the personal requirements of people with spinal cord injuries, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to interchange them with conventional equipment. Together with project initiator Christian Hamböck, Andreas Gautschi (Project Manager) has developed a travel toilet seat.

    The aim of the project was to produce a toilet seat elevation, which is usually permanently installed, as a mobile device to eliminate a previous obstacle to travelling, thus extending the scope of independence a little further.

    The mobile seat elevation can easily be installed in place of a standard toilet seat. The design of the seat means that it can be compactly folded together in the middle so that it fits into any kind of luggage.

    The seat is made using 3D printing technology, which makes the product lightweight and easy to clean. 

  • Women require a smaller mirror for catheterisation. They often use home-made devices that can only meet their requirements to a limited degree. There was, therefore, a need for a device that can overcome these obstacles discreetly away from one's own bathroom, too.

    Together with project initiator Andrea Gunziger (Neurourology, Swiss Paraplegic Centre), Andreas Gautschi (Project Manager) developed a mirror with a flexible gooseneck, which can be clamped to a wheelchair frame, wheelchair seat, or toilet seat. Thanks to the integrated lighting system, the mirror can also be used in poor lighting conditions.

  • Tetrahand surgery is complicated and affects the future quality of life of patients.

    In the past, doctors only had access to two-dimensional representations to provide their patients with a detailed yet comprehensible image of the operation and to communicate all the opportunities and risks.

    As requested by Jan Fridén, Head of Hand Surgery at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre, software was developed that enables doctors to show a procedure in all its details on a computer-simulated three-dimensional person. The program can display the tendons and muscles (mobility) of the human body before, during, and after surgery.


    Prof. Dr. med. Jan Fridén berät einen Patienten.

    Prof. Dr. med. Jan Fridén advises a patient.

    This solution increases patient trust and alleviates any fears.

    Visualisation of surgery on an accurate digital representation of a person illustrates the medical procedure in great detail, which means that specialist staff also benefit from this efficiently designed exchange of information.

    Looking to the future, there is hope that dealing with the software and the accurate and detailed body programmed into it will encourage doctors to engage with new and innovative procedures.

    Abbildung eines Unterarms in der Tetrahand Visualisierungs-Software
  • ParkingPay is a service that allows car park fees to be paid using an app, which means that the customer does not have to struggle to walk to the ticket machine. Where ParkingPay is available, the car park can be selected in the app and the anticipated parking time entered. When the car leaves the car park, the app issues an invoice and only the actual parking time needs to be paid for.

    To use a car park, a badge can be ordered free of charge from ParkingPay, which can be topped up with a certain amount of money and held up to the card reader when entering and leaving the car park.

    However, leaning out of the car and holding the badge to the reader is not easy or possible for everyone. For this reason, in cooperation with the Innovation Centre for Assistive Technologies (IAT), ParkingPay has developed a number plate recognition system. If the number plate of a car has been registered, the car can access the car park on the Nottwil Campus. The parking time is invoiced on the corresponding ParkingPay account. This means that parking is now completely barrier-free.

    The aim of the project is to implement the number plate recognition system in other car parks in the near future, too.

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