User-centric feedback for the development and review of a unique robotic glove prototype to be used in therapy

Stuart James Biggar, Wei Yao, Lizhen Wang, Yubo Fan

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Abstract

Disability can be a great impediment to daily living in later life and is often the result of illness or trauma. Modern thoughts on treatment are orientated towards the use of robotics; however, these are often designed without consultation with the user. This paper used a 5-point questionnaire to ask former therapy patients what they felt needed further improvements from potential robotics and what features of such a system were the most important. Significant emphasis was placed on helping them to grasp (M = 4.63) as well as having a functional use. They also desired a system with clearly distinguished (M = 4.22) and easy to operate controls (M = 4.44) whilst allowing them some freedom to move around independently (M = 4.44). This provided the rationale for a prototype dual-layered vacuum glove that was sampled by healthcare staff to provide feedback that forms the basis for future improvements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3896089
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • disability
  • robotics
  • therapy

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