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The metal structure of the Motolife™, onto which are fixed the motors, the transmissions, the pedals and the handgrips, has been designed to be balanced and resistant to the stress of active pedalling with arms and legs or by eventually muscular spasticity. The broad base and the levelling rubber feet give the structure the best stability on any kind of horizontal floor.
The minimum requirement to use the Motolife™ is that the user is capable of keeping an upright position while sitting. It is possible to access to it while still sitting on a wheel chair or any other suitable chair, which must be very stable without castors and which does not swivel. It should have a high backrest. The arrangement of the pedals and of the arm-ergometer as well as the elements of the base have been designed to allow direct access from the patient’s wheelchair without having to transfer to any other chair. A power-assisted system helps the positioning of the feet on the safety foot shells.
An electronic flywheel effect has been considered and included to reduce the weight and size of the cycle arm-ergometer and to make it easy to move it around. The continuity of the movement is not assured by a flywheel as in the stationary bicycle, but by a torque effect which is electronically generated in real time by the motor.
The big full-color touchscreen display (7”), allows to keep the progress of the exercise under control at all times,with clear and detailed information and it is used to set the parameters of the therapy quickly, by means of big buttons. The buttons are highlighted with different colors for their different functions as well as pictograms for an easier understanding. The colors are vivid but not too bright in order to avoid eye strain.
To allow the use of the device by patients with zero or reduced motility of the feet, the pedals are made with a shell shape which ensures the holding of the foot at the back and side part. The feet are also fixed to the pedals by two velcro straps. Dimensions: W 14 cm x D 28 cm x H 10 cm
Motolife™ includes a couple of castors with a rubber coating and a large handlebar for easily transferring the device indoors. The large handlebar, in case of the leg model, is also a support for the hands during the therapy.
The software is multi-user type, and it allows to create, modify and delete different accounts. The settings are stored for each user in a database and they can be recalled when a given account is selected. The account stores the settings of the therapy, both for legs and arms. It also keeps a record of all the training sessions for each account.
By inserting a USB memory drive in the port on the right of the display it is possible to export the data in a text file, in comma separated values (CSV). Such information can be easily imported into an excel file to study the results.
Motolife™ has been tested by physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists to check its characteristics and functionality, with a special eye for usability and safety. The possibility to adapt Motolife™ to persons of various height and body shapes has been very positive.
The handlebar is adjustable in height, with a total range of 22.5 cm in 10 steps, the arm-ergometer can be adjusted in height from a minimum of 90 cm to a maximum of 109 cm from the floor, to make its use more comfortable. The adjusting mechanism works with a blocking star-shaped knob and a "loose then pull", to ensure safety and repeatability. The lifting is aided by a gas spring which reduces to a minimum the effort for the adjustment.
The arm-ergometer can be adjusted in depth, with a total range of 12.5 cm in 6 steps. This ergonomic adjustment gives more flexibility to the user according to the intended movement that should to be done with the upper limbs. Furthermore, during leg training sessions, the arm-ergometer can be completely pushed backwards to avoid hindering the movement.
The display support can be tilted even up to a horizontal position. This allows a perfect visibility at any light condition and the possibility for the therapist to set the parameters without the need of having to bend down.
According the user’s ergonomic measurements and to the therapy needs, it is possible to adjust the pedal radius by three sizes: 5 cm, 8,5 cm and 12 cm. For each user the established position can be stored in the settings of the legs therapy and it can be recalled subsequently.
In the legs and arms version it is possible to adjust also the handgrip position in two different radius sizes: 7 cm and 10 cm. The established position can be stored for each user in the settings of the arms therapy and it can be recalled subsequently.
Game-therapy: three different game-therapies with biofeedback are present to improve the involvement of the patient, increasing his commitment during the treatment.
The game related to the pedalling speed shows a ride along a city street. According to the speed of the pedalling the ride becomes faster or slower.
The first game related to symmetry requires balancing a tray and allows the user to be directly involved in the improvement of the balance between both limbs.
The second game is related to the symmetry and it is represented by two colored bars. It improves the involvement of the patient to improve the symmetry of the pedalling.
The results, the exercise outcomes and the setting parameters of each session are stored in the database on the device to make it easier for doctors to access them. This helps to check the on-going of the home therapy or its clinical use. It also allows a better control of the progress of the therapy.
At the end of every training session, all the key parameters are listed and divided between active and passive therapy.
Furthermore, it is possible, from the main screen, to access to the log sessions to view the progress over the time of each parameter.
The Motolife™ database, besides to record the parameters of the therapy for each user, it also allows to export data of all the sessions performed in a given period of time.
Our R&D department is constantly committed to also improve the software of our Motolife® product according to specific needs of hospitals and centers where the units are at work.
The current software revision is 1.9.1. If you have a previous version, please contact us to get the last software revision available. There have been several changes and improvements compare to the previous release..
Change settings without ending the training
Improved session history
Introduction of privacy settings