It is important to involve consumers in the design process as new assistive technologies are developed, with the goal of improving function for individuals with disabilities. Veterans with spinal cord injury reported that restoration of bladder and bowel control, walking, and arm and hand function were important for improving quality of life. Many were unfamiliar with some currently available assistive technologies. The majority of study participants were interested in using a brain-computer interface (BCI), which uses brain signals to control assistive devices. In particular, they wanted to control a BCI to stimulate their own muscles to improve the mentioned functions.
Volume 50 Number 2, 2013
Pages 145 — 160
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