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Technologies 2018, 6(1), 28; doi:10.3390/technologies6010028

User’s Emotions and Usability Study of a Brain-Computer Interface Applied to People with Cerebral Palsy

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Department of Applied Computing, Universidade do Vale de Itajaí, Itajaí 88302-901, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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Assistive Technology Center, Fundação Catarinense de Educação Especial, São José 88108-900, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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Department of Production Engineering, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis 88035-001, Santa Catarina, Brazil
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA’17), Island of Rhodes, Greece, 21–23 June 2017.
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Received: 15 November 2017 / Revised: 22 February 2018 / Accepted: 23 February 2018 / Published: 28 February 2018
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People with motor and communication disorders face serious challenges in interacting with computers. To enhance this functionality, new human-computer interfaces are being studied. In this work, a brain-computer interface based on the Emotiv Epoc is used to analyze human-computer interactions in cases of cerebral palsy. The Phrase-Composer software was developed to interact with the brain-computer interface. A system usability evaluation was carried out with the participation of three specialists from The Fundação Catarinense de Educação especial (FCEE) and four cerebral palsy volunteers. Even though the System Usability Scale (SUS) score was acceptable, several challenges remain. Raw electroencephalography (EEG) data were also analyzed in order to assess the user’s emotions during their interaction with the communication device. This study brings new evidences about human-computer interaction related to individuals with cerebral palsy. View Full-Text
Keywords: assistive technology; brain-computer interface; cerebral palsy; participatory design; usability testing; user studies assistive technology; brain-computer interface; cerebral palsy; participatory design; usability testing; user studies
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García Ramírez, A.R.; da Silva, J.F.; Savall, A.C.R.; Catecati, T.; Ferreira, M.G.G. User’s Emotions and Usability Study of a Brain-Computer Interface Applied to People with Cerebral Palsy. Technologies 2018, 6, 28.

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