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OTWorld 2024

Evanto user Alessandro
Evanto user Alessandro
Evanto user Alessandro
Intro

#WeEmpowerPeople goes a step further

For people with disabilities, devices are often part of their identity. Prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs make it possible to push personal limits and gain more freedom of movement and quality of life. At OTWorld 2024, the healthtech company will be demonstrating the extent to which this is possible with innovations. At the Ottobock booth from 14 to 17 May 2024 in Leipzig, Germany (Hall 5 / D30), the company will be presenting new products and innovations in three thematic areas: Prosthetics, NeuroMobility and O&P Business Solutions.

At the Ottobock stand, more than 30 demo users will be sharing their experiences. Together with product experts, they will share their inspirational personal stories as well as showcase new features and innovations. The event area with the 22.5 m² LED screen will be the focus of the trade fair presentation. Interactive shows on a wide range of topics will inspire visitors every hour. Highlights include the shows presenting new products and fitting solutions as well as the Paralympic Games in the summer of 2024.

In 2024, #WeEmpowerPeople is driving us on many levels. With our technologies and services, we help people to achieve the supposedly unachievable. We see ourselves as facilitators in everyday life as well as for special moments: Winning medals at the Paralympic Games, climbing the world’s highest mountains, flying into space – these are milestones in device provision and mobility. They serve to develop outstanding everyday solutions for all users. For this purpose, we rely on groundbreaking research, digital tools and artificial intelligence as well as user centricity.

Professor Hans Georg Näder, owner of Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA
Chairman of the Management Board, Professor Hans Georg Näder
Chairman of the Board and Ottobock owner, Professor Hans Georg Näder
New products

Innovations for more freedom of movement

The mechatronic prosthetic knee joint Genium X4 delivers higher performance, responds more quickly to users’ signals and simultaneously feels smoother when walking.
The next generation of microprocessor-controlled knee joints

Genium X4

Based on proven Genium OPG technology (optimised physiological gait) and robustness, the prosthesis sets new performance standards. The features of the new knee joint include optimised uphill walking, a start-to-walk function, improved stance phase support and dynamic backward movement. They were designed to enable an exceptionally smooth, fluid gait, whether users are navigating confined spaces or crowds, riding an escalator, stepping backwards to pull open a heavy door, wading through the water, walking along the beach or hiking. There’s also a new intuitive cycling feature: Without having to activate the MyMode function, the joint automatically detects the start and end of the cycling movement and adjusts the resistance in real time. The Genium X4 has a battery capacity of up to five days and is offered with a wide range of cover options to replicate the natural shape of the leg. The covers can be exchanged and customised by the users themselves.

mysportsbox

Easier access to sports prostheses

Exercise and sports are good for the body and mind. But for people with disabilities, this can be an expensive challenge. This is due to the difficult access to sports prostheses linked to the reimbursement systems. Ottobock has tackled this problem with mysportsbox. Using an online configurator, users can assemble their customised sport prosthesis. At the same time, the Quickchange adapter makes it easier to use the sports prosthesis. With mysportsbox, Ottobock provides an innovative, regulatory compliance and customer-oriented approach which will enable many prosthesis users to enjoy a better quality of life in future and help them to be more active in their everyday lives again.

Currently, mysportsbox is in the testing phase. Ottobock will present first insights at OTWorld in Leipzig.

Press talk

Engagement for people in crisis regions

The war in Ukraine, the aftermath of the earthquake in Turkey and the devastating situation in which the people of the Gaza Strip find themselves: recent years have been marked by crises that continue to persist. The victims are thousands of innocent people. Ottobock and the Ottobock Global Foundation’s goal is to use medical devices to enable victims of war and natural disasters to live a more mobile life and open up new perspectives for them.

Learn more about the activities the company and the foundation are taking hand in hand at our press talk on our engagement to people in crisis regions on Wednesday, 15 May 2024, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

  • Ottobock x Superhumans

  • Orthopaedic treatment in crisis areas

  • Hand thought differently – Skeo Up Daily Assist

  • Help for the children of Gaza

Image Training (Earthquakes)
Ottobock show programme

We talk about what drives the industry

The focus of our trade fair presence is the 22.5 m² event area. There are hourly interactive shows focusing on our treatment solutions and the people behind them.

Our users

More mobility with innovative devices

Break down barriers and shape your life the way you want it. Assistive devices help people with disabilities to move more freely. Demo users will be talking about their personal experiences at Ottobock's stand (Hall 5/D30). They seek to inspire others with their stories and show how innovative solutions help them to push past personal boundaries and improve their quality of life.

The following users (among others) are available for interviews:

Qualified groom Siglind: Working for a mounted police unit with a prosthesis

Siglind, who lives in Hanover, loves horses and has turned her passion into a profession. But doing so was not a walk in the park. In autumn 2000, the qualified groom was involved in a car accident on a wet road and lost her right leg at the scene. The authorities told her that she would no longer be able to work in her profession with only one leg; she would have to choose a new career. So, she looked for a job where her disability was irrelevant: She worked as a trainer for therapeutic riding in South Africa and competed on the German rowing team at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008. In 2010, the then 46-year-old wrote an open application to the Hanover mounted police unit and was accepted.

This position entailed 40,000 steps a day, shift work and being outside in wind, sun or and rain. "I had to prove myself first, of course, but looking after and caring for horses is my calling. My job is physically demanding, but it also gives me a lot in return. And my leg prosthesis gives me everything I need." Ottobock's latest prosthetic knee joint, which the healthtech company is presenting at the start of OTWorld, helps her do her job well. This allows Siglind to pursue her physically demanding job and to ride her grey horse Toledo.

Image Genium X4 user Siglind
Image Genium X4 user Siglind
John McFall and his "Mission Possible"

First astronaut with physical disability comes to OTWorld 2024

John McFall lost his right leg when he was just 19 years old . Since then, he has been an impressive demonstration of what can be achieved with modern devices. The Briton won two world champion titles in the 100 metres and 200 metres during the World Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation in 2007, as well as bronze at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing in the 100 metres class for transfemoral amputees. He's a specialist in traumatology and orthopaedics. And with his appointment as a project astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), John could be the first person with a physical disability to go into space.

Experience John McFall at our trade show on 14 May 2024 at 1 p.m. in “What's your next Move? Ready for Space with John McFall”. The ESA astronaut talks about his “Mission Possible” and his experiences with the brand-new Genium X4 prosthetic knee joint.

Para Athlete John McFall
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Contact persons

Want to speak with our users or have questions about our new products or innovations? We will be at your service during the entire exhibition period!

Nadine Winter, Dual Student Corporate Communications
Public Relations Manager

Nadine Winter

Additional topics

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Product highlights

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Would you like to know more about our product highlights? Do you need high-resolution images for your publication? We have compiled product information and images for journalists here.

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iFab

How 3D scanners and printers are revolutionising fitting for patients

Fast and customized production is the future of orthopedic technology. The iFab has digitized the complete fitting and production process.

Fast and customized production is the future of orthopedic technology. The iFab has digitized the complete fitting and production process.

Image C-Brace orthosis user Melvin on his bicycle
Active living with the C-Brace®

C-Brace® orthosis

The C-Brace® is the world’s only stance and swing phase controlled orthosis. The new generation of the orthosis celebrated its world premier in May 2018 – at OTWorld.

The C-Brace® is the world’s only stance and swing phase controlled orthosis. The new generation of the orthosis celebrated its world premier in May 2018 – at OTWorld.

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