The e-NABLE community has asked a team of faculty and students to work together to define a process for learning more about how e-NABLE devices are used in a scientific fashion. This is important for several reasons: (1) this sort of information can be used by developers to improve devices (2) Some of the organizations willing to donate money to e-NABLE want more information about its impact. To find out more about this effort, you can contact Jennifer Mankoff (jmankoff [at] acm.org)
There are two important parts to this effort:
First, we need to know who in the community would be willing to help us answer these questions. That means we need a list of people who have used e-NABLE devices in the past, or are using them now, or are parenting someone who has used an e-NABLE device to give us their contact information. Jennifer Mankoff, an e-NABLE volunteer who is faculty at the University of Washington, has agreed to maintain that list.
If you are one of these people, and would be willing to occasionally answer a few questions, please reach out to us by signing up to be on that list. You can sign up here:
Second, we need people in the e-NABLE community to volunteer to define research projects that answer questions about how devices are used. The research team mentioned above has created a simple survey, and we will be using that to collect some data about device use and failures that we hope will be useful to other e-NABLE members. You can help too, if you have ideas for research. We’ve put together a short slide deck explaining how.
If you signed up for our list, and you are worried about getting too many requests for information, please don’t worry. One reason we have set things up this way is so that we can make sure that no one is asked to participate in studies too often. Also, if you ever don’t want to participate in a research study, you can always say no.
A bibliography of academic publications on e-NABLE and 3D-printed prosthetics is hosted at mendeley.com/community/va-3d-printed-prosthetic. Use that link to request access (and add to it!).