Focus Group – individuals who have had strokes

Today we held our first user focus group during which eight individuals who have had strokes came to the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.  The group were incredibly generous with their time and their constructive comments.  We had a really great afternoon of discussions and brain storming and came away with a greater perspective on this important potential user group.

During the focus group Bethan Mure, a local artist, took visual notes in the form of cartoons to help us form our thoughts and to remember the key points of discussion.  Bethan’s work was superb – you can see the results below – and really captured the spirit and range of discussions.

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Published by The Right Trousers

The Wearable Soft Robotics for Independent Living project is an £2 m ESPRC funded initiative spanning 7 universities. The aim of the project is to develop wearable soft robotic technologies which exhibit sophisticated sensing, actuation and control and can be fabricated into soft robotic clothing which will help disabled and older people move around easily and unaided. The soft robotic clothing will help vulnerable people avoid falls by supporting them whilst walking, give people added bionic strength to move between sitting and standing positions and help people climb stairs.