Piloting the Use of an Upper Limb Passive Exoskeleton in Automotive Industry: Assessing User Acceptance and Intention of Use

Gabriela Ferreira, Jacqueline Gaspar, Carlos Fujão, Isabel L. Nunes

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Abstract

The exoskeletons are being developed and recommended worldwide as wearable devices that could be used by workers exposed to demanding working conditions, such as overhead work. Many studies, designed for laboratory research, have been carried out so far and most of them came to the same kind of conclusions. With these findings it is expected that user acceptance (UA) and intention of use (IU) would not be a concern. This study was designed to assess UA and IU of an upper limb exoskeleton, Skelex MARK 1.3®, in a group of workstations, where technical and organizational measures implemented were not enough to reduce the exposure risk to overhead work and/or work above shoulder level, from an automotive industry assembly line. The exoskeleton was tested in 6 workstations, by 88 workers, during 4 consecutive weeks, since UA and IU are influenced by factors which only exist in real working scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors and Systems Interaction: Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction
EditorsIsabel L. Nunes
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages342-349
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-51369-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-51368-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAHFE Virtual Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2020 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 202020 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer
Volume1207 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE Virtual Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2020
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period16/07/2020/07/20

Keywords

  • Automotive industry
  • Passive exoskeleton
  • Upper limb exoskeleton
  • User acceptance

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