Preliminary Findings of Feasibility of a Wearable Soft-robotic Glove Supporting Impaired Hand Function in Daily Life

Bob Radder, B. Radder, Grada Berendina Prange, G.B. Prange-Lasonder, A.I.R. Kottink, L. Gaasbeek, J. Holmberg, T. Meyer, Jaap Buurke, Johan Swanik Rietman

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Abstract

Elderly people frequently encounter difficulties in independently performing activities of daily living (ADL) due to a reduced hand function. Robotic assistive devices have the potential to provide the assistance that is necessary to perform ADL independently without the need of personal assistance. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to explore feasibility of a wearable soft-robotic glove (ironHand (iH) system) that can support hand function of elderly people in daily life. Thirty elderly people (>56 years) with a reduced hand function resulting in difficulties in performing ADL were recruited to perform six functional tasks three times with and without the iH system. Evaluation measurements consisted of functional tasks performance times and user-acceptance of the iH system, measured by the System Usability Scale (SUS). Participants improved their functional task performance after multiple attempts either with and without the glove, but performed significantly faster without the glove (p≤0.032). Besides, the mean of the SUS score for the iH system was 70.1%. Although this indicates a good probability for acceptance in the field, several design adaptations are necessary to have a user-friendly and accepted assistive device.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health
Place of PublicationRome, Italy
PublisherSCITEPRESS
Pages180-185
ISBN (Print)978-989-758-180-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2016
Event2nd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2016 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 21 Apr 201622 Apr 2016
Conference number: 2
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Conference2nd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2016
Abbreviated titleICT4AWE
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period21/04/1622/04/16
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Keywords

  • METIS-317040
  • IR-102122

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    Radder, B., Radder, B., Prange, G. B., Prange-Lasonder, G. B., Kottink, A. I. R., Gaasbeek, L., ... Rietman, J. S. (2016). Preliminary Findings of Feasibility of a Wearable Soft-robotic Glove Supporting Impaired Hand Function in Daily Life. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (pp. 180-185). Rome, Italy: SCITEPRESS. https://doi.org/10.5220/0005879001800185