Birgit Happenhofer

Usability Design in Products for People with Special Needs – How to Anticipate the Ungraspable

Thursday, October 8th

11:45 - 12:30

Key Learnings

  • How to design products for people with special needs.
  • How to implement the user-centered design in new rehabilitation technologies
  • Learn more about the design process of modern rehabilitation solutions


Clinical application of new technologies can improve the recovery process. Patients and therapists alike benefit from assistance in movement execution, quantitative feedback and an increase in motivation. To meet the particular needs of current and future users, it is essential to include them in the development and design process of medical devices at an early stage.

In this talk, this usability process will be illustrated by an example of a solution for upper-extremity rehabilitation with robotic- and computer assisted therapy devices.

Thursday, October 8th

11:45 - 12:30

Birgit Happenhofer

clinical application specialist - Tyromotion

Birgit Happenhofer is a physiotherapist and clinical application specialist at tyromotion GmbH.

The company’s products assist patients with motoric deficits in their movement tasks and create a challenging and stimulating therapy environment. To maximize the usability of the devices the company is also running a small therapy clinic that collaborates closely with the engineering department. Thus, it is possible to create a true synergy that fulfils the patients’ needs and incorporates the latest technological developments. Birgit is constantly in touch with both engineers and users.

In her Master studies in ‘Health Assisting Engineering’ she is engaged in research, product design and implementation of usability processes.


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