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

Biggar, Stuart James and Yao, Wei and Wang, Lizhen and Fan, Yubo (2017) User-centric feedback for the development and review of a unique robotic glove prototype to be used in therapy. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2017. ISSN 2040-2295

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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.