Models
DOWING

Arm supports restore natural freedom of movement. Within our assistive product line, the DOWING power-assisted arm support and the GOWING dynamic arm support are an ideal choice for the individual who wishes to use as much as possible their residual muscular capacities.

DOWING is intended for the optimized performance of essential Activities of Daily Living (ADL) including eating, drinking, facial care, computer use and numerous other activities.

Features

  • Dynamic-assist
  • Easy to use
  • Slim design
  • Easy and ergonomic adjustment of the amount of gavity compensation
  • Fully adjustable arm fitting with elbow support and additionnal wrist support
  • Easily installed and removable
  • Can be taken off partly as well as in total
  • High quality bearings combined with precisely manufactured parts are used to ensure smooth movements
  • Inclined extension arms allow free movements over the table top without hitting objects
  • Large reach and natural freedom of movement due to unlimited rotational extension arms
  • Position independent balancing system creates a constant vertical force • Mounting clamps for table and (working) chair
Kinova is proud to offer the DOWING and GOWING arm supports in North America, from the Dutch manufacturer and distributor Focal Meditech.


GOWING

Arm supports restores natural freedom of movement. Within our assistive product line, the GOWING power-assisted arm support and the DOWING dynamic arm support are an ideal choice for the individual who wishes to use as much as possible their residual muscular capacities.

The GOWING power-assist allows the performance of many daily activities like eating, drinking, personal care, typing and reaching objects. Independence in lifting items is possible again.

Features

  • Power-assisted
  • Easy to learn and easy to use
  • Slim design
  • User programmable
  • Hybrid Technology
  • Equipped with an inclination angle corrector to increase the reach in the desired directions
  • Arm fitting offers many adjustment possiblities and follows the arm very naturally in any direction
  • Unique hybrid system which combines the possibility to move vertically with stored power or external energy
  • Easily installed and removable
  • Can be taken off partly as well as in total
Kinova is proud to offer the DOWING and GOWING arm supports in North America, from the Dutch manufacturer and distributor Focal Meditech.


Quick Faq

Why ?

GOWING helps individuals with limited arm function to move their arms and hands. It eliminates gravity and the burden to lift the arm. It helps to reach, grab and manipulate again during daily activities such as eating, drinking, computing, communication and play. It is desirable to use your remaining arm muscle capacities as much as possible. This is both beneficial from a health perspective and for one’s self-esteem. GOWING operates on the basis of compensation of the weight of the arm. This is called balancing the arm. The horizontal movements hardly require any effort anymore. The construction enables easy and quick reach of the mouth and face. GOWING returns the natural freedom of movement to the user.

HOW ?

GOWING can be applied single-sided as well as double-sided and can be mounted on wheelchairs, chairs, tables or on a movable carriage. Users experience its use as extremely smooth and easy because of the precise construction and application of high-quality materials. GOWING allows the user to make choices. Do I prefer assisted movements (assist as needed) or is it desirable to let the device lift the arm ? Do I want to move freely or is stabilisation required ?

What?

GOWING carries the weight of the arm. Movements initiated from the shoulder girdle are converted into movements of the forearm. The GOWING module assists in making vertical movements against gravity thus accommodating important daily activities. It offers numerous innovative solutions for persons who are challenged by diminished arm and hand function.
Task specific support.
Some daily activities require a different weight compensation. The user can make adjustments in the assistance at any time.
Position lock
The axes can be locked in every direction to prevent the arm from moving. This is beneficial e.g. when driving a wheelchair or typing or talking on the phone.
Inclination angle corrector
GOWING offers the possibility to actively change the inclination angle to increase the reach in certain directions.
Stop function
Another recent feature is the Stop function which unlocks all axes, minimizes the assistance and lowers the lifting mechanism. This function can be used in case the user is suddenly unable to lower his arm voluntarily.
Easily removable
GOWING can be taken off partly as well as in total. The arm fitting can be taken off. Also the whole device can simply be taken off.

Who ?

GOWING is used by individuals who are challenged by muscular weakness or paralysis but can still grab objects. Most have neurological or neuromuscular disorders. The arm is designed for people living with upper body mobility restrictions but still have the use of their hands and fingers to grip and manipulate objects.

How long ?

The use of GOWING including all of its options is kept simple and intuitive. Due to its smart construction GOWING optimally follows the movements the human arm in the horizontal plane. For the performance of important vertical movements e.g. towards the mouth or head virtual pivoting points were introduced. This allows for the quick and easy performance of such frequently performed movements. In addition there are various possibilities to quickly adapt GOWING to changing tasks and environments. This is done through the operation of a well organised small keypad. Using GOWING means greater independance.
Testimonials

Alex Beaton

Getting a GOWING was like night and day. I can eat and drink on my own, at my own pace. With GOWING I no longer worry about getting my hand back onto my joystick if it slips.