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A multi-stage human factors and comfort assessment of instrumented insoles designed for use in a connected health infrastructure.

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dc.contributor.author Harte, Richard P.
dc.contributor.author Quinlan, Leo R.
dc.contributor.author Glynn, Liam G.
dc.contributor.author Rodriguez-Molinero, Alejandro
dc.contributor.author Scharf, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Carenas, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Reixach, Elisenda
dc.contributor.author Garcia, Joan
dc.contributor.author Carrabina, Jordi
dc.contributor.author ÓLaighin, Gearóid
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-28T12:57:40Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-28T12:57:40Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.issn 2075-4426
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9150
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Wearable electronics are gaining widespread use as enabling technologies, monitoring human physical activity and behavior as part of connected health infrastructures. Attention to human factors and comfort of these devices can greatly positively influence user experience, with a subsequently higher likelihood of user acceptance and lower levels of device rejection. Here, we employ a human factors and comfort assessment methodology grounded in the principles of human-centered design to influence and enhance the design of an instrumented insole. A use case was developed and interrogated by stakeholders, experts, and end users, capturing the context of use and user characteristics for the instrumented insole. This use case informed all stages of the design process through two full design cycles, leading to the development of an initial version 1 and a later version 2 prototype. Each version of the prototype was subjected to an expert human factors inspection and controlled comfort assessment using human volunteers. Structured feedback from the first cycle of testing was the driver of design changes implemented in the version 2 prototype. This prototype was found to have significantly improved human factors and comfort characteristics over the first version of the prototype. Expert inspection found that many of the original problems in the first prototype had been resolved in the second prototype. Furthermore, a comfort assessment of this prototype with a group of young healthy adults showed it to be indistinguishable from their normal footwear. This study demonstrates the power and effectiveness of human factors and comfort assessment methodologies in influencing and improving the design of wearable devices. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/288878 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Personalized Medicine;5 (4), pp. 487-508
dc.subject instrumented insole en_US
dc.subject gait analysis en_US
dc.subject comfort en_US
dc.subject human factors en_US
dc.subject human centered design en_US
dc.subject mHealth en_US
dc.title A multi-stage human factors and comfort assessment of instrumented insoles designed for use in a connected health infrastructure. 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.date.updated 2020-08-28T12:51:57Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/jpm5040487
dc.contributor.sponsor ERC en_US
dc.relation.projectid 288878 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2859195
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Personalized Medicine
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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