User Centered Design and Usability of Bionic Devices

  • L. W. O’Sullivan
  • V. Power
  • A. de Eyto
  • J. Ortiz
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 15)


User Centered Design of bionic and assistive devices is growing in importance as many technologies are now moving from lab concepts to certified medical products for use in daily life. The enthusiasm to develop new technologies often focuses on the scientific requirements but often very practical user requirements are over looked. This presentation discusses the role of user centered design in bionics development and how this relates to usability in use. The presentation frames the importance of usability and user centered design on technology acceptance, generally by users, but also with focus on technology acceptance and adoption by older age adults.


Technology Acceptance Model Ethic Requirement User Center Design Product Service System Design Review 
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The authors acknowledge the contributions of the XoSoft consortium. The research leading to these results has received funding from the Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n688175.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. W. O’Sullivan
    • 1
  • V. Power
    • 1
  • A. de Eyto
    • 1
  • J. Ortiz
    • 2
  1. 1.Design Factors Research GroupUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Department of Advanced RoboticsIstituto Italiano di TecnologiaGenoaItaly

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