Enhance @ Rehab Week

Jorien van Loon : 27th July 2017 10:58 : news

During Rehab Week London, the enhance project presented a session on the results of the project so far. An audience of about 80 people were attending the session.

Bart Koopman started the session with his talk Assistive technology for people with limited mobility

He was followed by Aldo Faisal on Multi-Modal Gaze-Control for Robotic Restoration of Movement Part 1, Part 2,

Gerdienke Prange presented the results of the first user tests in Validation of the eNHANCEgaze-controlled arm support systems: User views from stroke

Jackie Pitchforth ended the session with her presentation on Usability of the eNHANCE device in the adolescent DMD population: Lessons Learnt.

Afterwards there were questions and further informal discussion, which we thought was really useful.

Thanks to Jaap for organizing the session and to all who made this possible.






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Results user requirement identification

admin : 23rd September 2015 10:25 : news

The ‘user requirement identification phase’ has been completed by September 2015. To find out what the needs and wishes of our users are, we’ve done literature searches, sent out a questionnaire and held focus groups. In the United Kingdom (UK), individuals with Duchenne Muscular Dystrpohy (DMD) took part in the focus groups and in the Netherlands stroke survivors and their carers participated with the questionnaires and focus groups.

As the main findings, first of all, the key concepts of the eNHANCE project (e.g. intention detection, personalization and motivation) were well received in the focus groups held in the UK and the Netherlands. Furthermore, both populations highlighted that they do want to use an assistive device, if there is proper balance between how much it will benefit them and how much effort is needed to use it. Also, the eNHANCE system must add possibilities to perform preferred activities of daily life. The user requirements have carefully been translated into functional requirements. These requirements now serve as input for the technical partners collaborating in the project to determine the specifics of the device’s design.

The combination of DMD and stroke as two user groups in one project, and the corresponding differences between the two populations, presents some interesting challenges for the project partners. Currently, these challenges are being faced by technical partners developing the first version of the eNHANCE system. As a next step, we are looking forward to the iterative usability testing of the first phase arm support and the first phase hand support of the eNHANCE system, which will run in 2016.

We would like to thank all the participants who provided us with the great amount of input!

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News item in Financial Times (June 11, 2015)

admin : 15th June 2015 11:10 : news

Aldo was interviewed by the Financial Times about robotics and the Enhance project. Click here to read the article.


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Article in the Financial Times of Next-generation robot (April 14, 2015)

admin : 14th April 2015 11:12 : news

Aldo was interviewed by the Financial Times about his vision on robotics and the Enhance project. Click here to open the article.

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