DOCTORAL DISSERTATION, ISBN 91-628-3711-7
|This thesis deals with
robotics and the new possibilities it offers people with physical
disabilities. I focus on the user and the use of the technology and, in
particular, on what makes robotic aids worth using - useworthiness as
distinguished from usability.
Experience of the useworthiness of robots was first obtained through the development of page-turning end-effectors for the RAID workstation. The principles of separating pages and the page-turning movements are analyzed and described in this thesis. User experience of the wheelchair-mounted Manus manipulator shows that robotic arms must meet technical requirements in terms of acceleration, speed and pattern of movement.
The thesis demonstrates that user trials with robots as assistive devices can result in new knowledge about both the use of the technology itself and the personal characteristics - needs, abilities, wishes and dreams - of the user.
Table of contents
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RAID Movie Clips Short clips illustrating the motions of the RAID robot.
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