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Technology acceptance and perceptions of robotic assistive devices by older adults – implications for exoskeleton design

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Show simple item record Shore, Linda de Eyto, Adam O'Sullivan, Leonard 2020-12-09T12:10:31Z 2020
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This study explored and interpreted insights expressed by a cohort of older adults related to their life experience, their experiences using or assisting someone with assistive devices, and their perceptions of robots and robotic assistive devices, including lower limb exoskeletons. A grounded theory study was undertaken with 24 older adult participants over the duration of five months. Each participant participated in a structured interviewed regarding their experiences with technologies, and perceptions of assistive technologies. Themes from the interviews were coded using Nvivo software. Five main themes emerged from this study – 1) Aging & life stage experiences, 2) Quality of Life, 3) Assistive Technologies, 4) Health Conditions & Care, 5) Products & Service Systems, which have influenced new constructs for a hybrid design tool that incorporates stages of Usability and TAMs (Technology Acceptance Models) to gauge a) Perception, b) Experience and c) Perceived Impact by older adults of lower limb exoskeletons. Emerging technologies such as robotic assistive devices require specific enquiry to understand how best to optimize acceptance by older adults and avoid feelings by them of frustration, embarrassment and ultimately abandonment of these devices. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation 688175 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology;
dc.rights This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 2021 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: en_US
dc.subject older adults en_US
dc.subject technology acceptance en_US
dc.subject exoskeletons en_US
dc.subject user centered design en_US
dc.subject grounded theory en_US
dc.title Technology acceptance and perceptions of robotic assistive devices by older adults – implications for exoskeleton design 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 10.1080/17483107.2020.1817988
dc.contributor.sponsor ERC en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor European Union (EU) en_US
dc.relation.projectid 16/RC/3918 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 688175 en_US 2021-09-29
dc.embargo.terms 2021-09-29 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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