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    Researchers At The Orthopedic Clinic Of Heidelberg University Hospital Honored For Novel Technology That Helps Paraplegic Pianists


    Main Category: Medical Devices / Diagnostics
    Also Included In: Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy
    Article Date: 27 Oct 2008 - 0:00 PDT

    A wish could come true for paraplegics who play the piano and are paralyzed from the hips down: the Heidelberg researcher Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Rupp has developed a method with which a pianist can operate the right pedal of a concert grand wirelessly - a first in the world. A paraplegic pianist can thus overcome the handicap of being able to play the piano using only his arms and hands. Dr. Rupp, director of the research department at the spinal cord injury unit of the Orthopedic Clinic of Heidelberg University Hospital (Director: Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Gerner), was honored for this invention with € 15,000 from the Innovation Award 2008 of the German Paraplegic Foundation (DSQ).

    For more than 20 years, there have been electromagnetic pedal controls for paraplegic pianists - mostly accident victims - that were invented by the renowned Bayreuth piano manufacturer Steingraeber & Söhne and are custom made. Pulse generators such as light sensors, headrests, back cushions, neck braces, and mouth tubes make it possible for disabled pianists to play pieces that include pedal work - the complete works from Beethoven to the contemporary period.

    Pedal controls via a bite splint

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    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/126882.php

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    Good news. But as a professional guitarist for many years and recent quadriplegic, I'd like my hands back... thank you.
    (or just enough to catheterize, would be nice.)
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