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Technology acceptance and user-centred design of assistive exoskeletons for older adults: a commentary

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dc.contributor.author Shore, Linda
dc.contributor.author Power, Valerie
dc.contributor.author de Eyto, Adam
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Leonard
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-09T10:09:46Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-09T10:09:46Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6414
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description Erratum added 25 Jan /2019
dc.description.abstract Assistive robots are emerging as technologies that enable older adults to perform activities of daily living with autonomy. Exoskeletons are a subset of assistive robots that can support mobility. Perceptions and acceptance of these technologies require understanding in a user-centred design context to ensure optimum experience and adoption by as broad a spectrum of older adults as possible. The adoption and use of assistive robots for activities of daily living (ADL) by older adults is poorly understood. Older adult acceptance of technology is affected by numerous factors, such as perceptions and stigma associated with dependency and ageing. Assistive technology (AT) models provide theoretical frameworks that inform decision-making in relation to assistive devices for people with disabilities. However, technology acceptance models (TAMs) are theoretical explanations of factors that influence why users adopt some technologies and not others. Recent models have emerged specifically describing technology acceptance by older adults. In the context of exoskeleton design, these models could influence design approaches. This article will discuss a selection of TAMs, displaying a chronology that highlights their evolution, and two prioritised TAMs—Almere and the senior technology acceptance model (STAM)—that merit consideration when attempting to understand acceptance and use of assistive robots by older adults. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation 688175
dc.relation.ispartofseries Robotics;7(1),3
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/robotics7010003
dc.subject assistive robots en_US
dc.subject technology acceptance en_US
dc.subject mobility assistance en_US
dc.subject user-centred design en_US
dc.title Technology acceptance and user-centred design of assistive exoskeletons for older adults: a commentary en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/robotics7010003
dc.contributor.sponsor ERC en_US
dc.relation.projectid 688175 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2739162


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