SmartPowerchair: to boldly go where a powerchair has not gone before

This source preferred by Paul Whittington, Keith Phalp and Huseyin Dogan

Authors: Whittington, Dogan, H. and Phalp, K.

Start date: 13 April 2015

A survey was conducted targeting a user community of people in powered wheelchairs (powerchairs) as the requirements elicitation phase of a proposed SmartPowerchair, using online and paper-based methods. Analysis of the survey results using graphs and statistics led to key findings. These showed that opening/closing curtains, windows, doors and operating heating controls were the most difficult tasks to perform from a powerchair and also that an integrated smartphone operated by either touch or head tracking would be the most useful to potential SmartPowerchair users. This research is supported by a usability evaluation case study of a pervasive assistive technology which revealed System Usability Scale (SUS) and NASA Task Load Index (TLX) results.

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