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QAre the assistive robots automated?
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The assistive robotic devices are controlled by an individual. They are not performing automated tasks and do not operate of their own accord. They do what you want them to do, and nothing more.

QWhat do the names JACO/MICO mean?
A

JACO isn’t an acronym, it is named for the inventor who developed the first assistive robotic arm, Jacques Forest. His original arm enabled him to perform basic tasks he could no longer do because of his Muscular Dystrophy. Jacques’ nephew is the co-founder and president of Kinova, and named JACO in honor of his uncle, who friends and family referred to as “Jaco.” You are wondering about MICO? Well, it is simply a contraction of MIni & jaCO.

QWhat are assistive robots for?
A

JACO & MICO were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: To assist people with disabilities when independently performing a variety of activities of daily living (ADLs).

QWho needs an assistive robot?
A

An assistive robot is good for people with disabilities that have limited mobility in their arms and upper extremities. If an individual is physically and cognitively able to independently control a power wheelchair safely through a joystick, head mounted control, or other technological controls, he or she will be able to operate a robotic arm.

QDo you wear an assistive robot?
A

No. The robot arm mounts to the side rail of your power wheelchair and is located just forward of your shoulder on the outside of your wheelchair.

QDoes JACO make my wheelchair wider?
A

Slightly but in most cases it stays inside the wheels’ perimeter. In most configurations, the assistive robot will not extend the wheels perimeters. But in some configurations, it make your wheelchair about 8 cm wider.

QIs the assistive robot arm left or right handed?
A

The robot arm can be configured to your needs. If you operate the robot with one hand, it will be mounted near the opposite shoulder. Most of the time you chose the side, if you desire.

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