Introduction

InnoTecUK (www.innotecuk.com) as an experienced developer of advanced robots and automated systems has been funded by Innovate UK to explore the potential for developing human-centric assistive technologies using robotic technologies for healthcare via the project “Human-Centred Orthopaedics and Prosthetics Design (H-COP)”. H-COP will investigate the design and use of wearable orthoses and prosthetics to support medical and non-medical applications as follows:

·         Medical applications will comprise the identification of requirements for supporting motions of patients for treatment under medical supervision as well as unsipervised everyday living support, and

·         Non-medical applications will comprise the identification of requirements for supporting motions of healthy persons in normal daily living applications.

The key difference is that the solutions need to be regulated differently in the two applications to ensure safety of the wearer. Non-medical systems must comply with ISO 13482 published in 2014 for healthy persons whereas medical systems need to comply with ISO 80601-2-78 being formulated for patients.

We are keen to deeply involve as many end users in the H-COP project to ensure the requirements are fully grounded to real-world needs and the solutions proposed by the research team can be assessed by potential end users. We would like to start this engagement process by inviting potential end users to participate in the project and help us define the details of the work plan. This Questionnaire deals with exploring the requirements for motion support of healthy persons. In this regard, a key application is to help support the motions of healthy elderly persons for normal living tasks so quality of life can be enhanced. The motions supported can relate to lower-body mobility tasks, upper-body manipulation tasks or full-body tasks such as carry shopping home.

We are seeking your guidance as someone who has experienced motion difficulties to help us finalise the H-COP work plan. The attached questionnaire has been formulated to gather your views about important topics we are currently considering within the project. We kindly ask you to take a few minutes to answer the questions and provide any comments you feel would help us formulate the requirements for physical assistance in normal living activities. The questionnaire is completely anonymous and all information will be presented in a manner so it is not attributable to specific individuals.

Thank you for your assistance, helping to improve lives of others.

If you have further queries, or if you are willing to help with these issues (in addition to the Questionnaire), please, contact Professor Gurvinder S. Virk,  Address: InnoTecUK, North Wing, The Old Livery, Hildersham Road, Cambridge CB21 6DR.

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* 1. What is your age range?

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* 2. What is your gender?

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* 3. What is your general health status (please describe briefly)

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