Title: Exoscore: a design tool to evaluate factors associated with technology acceptance of soft lower limb exosuits by older adults
Authors : Shore, Linda
Power, Valerie
Hartigan, Bernard
Schülein, Samuel
Graf, Eveline
de Eyto, Adam
O’Sullivan, Leonard
et. al : No
Published in : Human Factors
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Sage
Issue Date: 2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Designing for the elderly; Home health; Product design; Usability/acceptance measurement and research; Wearable device
Subject (DDC) : 615.82: Physical therapy
620: Engineering
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: This pilot study proposed and performs initial testing with Exoscore, a design evaluation tool to assess factors related to acceptance of exoskeleton by older adults, during the technology development and testing phases. BACKGROUND: As longevity increases and our aging population continues to grow, assistive technologies such as exosuits and exoskeletons can provide enhanced quality of life and independence. Exoscore is a design and prototype stage evaluation method to assess factors related to perceptions of the technology, the aim being to optimize technology acceptance. METHOD: In this pilot study, we applied the three-phase Exoscore tool during testing with 11 older adults. The aims were to explore the feasibility and face validity of applying the design evaluation tool during user testing of a prototype soft lower limb exoskeleton. RESULTS: The Exoscore method is presented as part of an iterative design evaluation process. The method was applied during an exoskeleton research and development project. The data revealed the aspects of the concept design that rated favorably with the users and the aspects of the design that required more attention to improve their potential acceptance when deployed as finished products. CONCLUSION: Exoscore was effectively applied to three phases of evaluation during a testing session of a soft exoskeleton. Future exoskeleton development can benefit from the application of this design evaluation tool. APPLICATION: This study reveals how the introduction of Exoscore to exoskeleton development will be advantageous when assessing technology acceptance of exoskeletons by older adults.
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1177/0018720819868122
ISSN: 0018-7208
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/18413
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