Adaptive Control of an Assistive Robot Arm

Study description

Robot arms are one of many assistive technologies used by people with motor disabilities. Assistive robot arms can allow people to perform certain tasks without the assistance of other people. Such tasks can include pouring a drink, moving an object on a table or using door handles.

Assistive robot arms are often mounted to a wheelchair and controlled with some sort of input device. Depending on the person’s motor abilities, they can be controlled with a joystick, buttons or more specialized input methods such as eye tracking, gaze tracking, or head movements.

Controlling assistive robot arms is complex. The goal of this study is to explore different control types for assistive robot arms and to determine how complex, mentally demanding, and physically demanding they are.

In this study, you will be controlling a virtual assistive robot arm in a virtual environment inside an Oculus Quest VR headset by using the analog stick and buttons of the right motion controller.


You will receive 10 € via PayPal (or other payment method) as compensation after you finish the study.

Participant requirements

To participate in the study, you will need the following:

  • An Oculus Quest Headset that is connected to the internet
  • A chair to sit on
  • Approximately 30 minutes of time
  • A PC running Windows, macOS or Linux
  • The SideQuest software to install the study app
  • An Oculus Developer Account (free) and Developer Mode enabled on your Oculus Quest Headset


Medium (20 - 44 mins)



Recruitment ends

November 30, 2021

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