User Involvement, Device Safety, and Outcome Measures During Development of Walking Exoskeletons: Current Practices

Anna L. Ármannsdóttir, Maria Teresa Manrique-Sancho, Juan C. Moreno, Antonio J. del-Alma, Philipp Beckerle, Edwin H.F. van Asseldonk, Jan F. Veneman, Kristín Briem*

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    Abstract

    The main purpose of this study was to identify outcome measures that developers working in the area of wearable robots utilize during different phases of product development. Experts in the field were invited to complete a short, anonymous, online survey. The results presented in this study focus on answers that engineers working on exoskeletons for walking gave for three user relevant questions of that survey. The main results indicate that validation of exoskeletons developed for walking and for use in rehabilitation and functional assistance/augmentation does involve user-centered outcomes. However, a variety of outcomes are used, and those used to capture feedback from users are less likely to be based on validated measures. Guidelines as to tests on safety of exoskeletons also seem to lack standardization. Development of exoskeletons should involve the use of a set of standardized methods that take into account the needs and safety of the intended user during each iteration of the process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInclusive Robotics for a Better Society
    Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers from INBOTS Conference 2018, 16-18 October, 2018, Pisa, Italy
    EditorsJose L. Pons
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
    Pages157-163
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-24074-5
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-24073-8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
    Event1st International Conference on Inclusive Robotics for a better Society 2018 - Il Palazzo dei Congressi di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
    Duration: 16 Oct 201820 Oct 2018
    Conference number: 1
    http://inbots.eu/inbots-conference-2018-2/

    Publication series

    NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
    Volume25
    ISSN (Print)2195-3562
    ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570

    Conference

    Conference1st International Conference on Inclusive Robotics for a better Society 2018
    Abbreviated titleINBOTS 2018
    CountryItaly
    CityPisa
    Period16/10/1820/10/18
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    Ármannsdóttir, A. L., Manrique-Sancho, M. T., Moreno, J. C., del-Alma, A. J., Beckerle, P., van Asseldonk, E. H. F., ... Briem, K. (2020). User Involvement, Device Safety, and Outcome Measures During Development of Walking Exoskeletons: Current Practices. In J. L. Pons (Ed.), Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society: Selected Papers from INBOTS Conference 2018, 16-18 October, 2018, Pisa, Italy (pp. 157-163). (Biosystems and Biorobotics; Vol. 25). Springer International Publishing AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24074-5_27