General

Q: Is the Kinova® Jaco® assistive robotic arm automated?

A: Our assistive robotic arm is controlled entirely by the user. It does not perform automated tasks and does not operate of its own accord. It does what you want it to do, nothing more, nothing less.

Q: Is the Kinova Jaco assistive robotic arm safe?

A: In order to ensure that our assistive robotic arm empowers humans above all else, we designed it with safety in mind. The arm is active compliant due to torque sensors in each joint, meaning each arm can stop and correct itself mid-movement.

Q: Why is Kinova's assistive robotic arm named 'Jaco'?

A: The Kinova Jaco assistive robotic arm pays homage to Jacques Forest, the uncle of Kinova’s CEO and Co-founder, Charles Deguire. Jacques suffered from muscular dystrophy and retained only the use of his left thumb, which severely limited his capacity to carry out some of the daily tasks to which he was accustomed. Being a passionate inventor, he began modifying the tools he used on a daily basis. In 1993, he created his first telemanipulation, the Manipulo arm. His perseverance and ingenuity have inspired many, thus this next-generation technical aid proudly carries his nickname 'Jaco.'

Q: For what purpose the Kinova Jaco assistive robotic arm intended?

A: The Kinova Jaco assistive robotic arm was designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to help people with upper-body mobility limitations gain a sense of independence, allowing them to better perform a variety of activities of daily living (ADLs).

Q: For whom is the Kinova Jaco assistive robotic arm intended?

A: An assistive robot is intended for people with disabilities who have limited mobility in their arms and upper extremities. If an individual is physically and cognitively able to safely and independently control a motorized wheelchair through a joystick, head-mounted control, or other technological controls, they will be able to operate Kinova's assistive robotic arm.

Q: Can you wear Kinova's assistive robotic arm?

A: No. The robotic assistive arm mounts to the side rail of your motorized wheelchair and is located just in front of the user's shoulder on the outside of its motorized wheelchair.

Q: Does the Kinova assistive robotic arm make the motorized wheelchair wider?

A: Slightly, but in most cases, it stays inside the wheels’ perimeter. In most configurations, the assistive robot will not extend the chair’s perimeter. In some cases, however, it can make your motorized wheelchair about 8 cm wider.

Q: Is the Kinova Jaco assistive robotic arm left- or right-handed?

A: The robotic assistive arm can be configured to your needs. If you operate the robot with one hand, it will be mounted near your opposite shoulder. It’s all up to you.

Q: What type of material is the Kinova Jaco assistive robotic arm shell made of?

A: The outer shell of the Jaco assistive robotic arm is made of carbon fiber.

Jaco user in motorized wheelchair with a Kinova technician on each side

Still have questions?

If you're looking for more information about the Kinova Jaco assistive robotic arm, please check out the technical resources page and new video tutorials. Or feel free to contact Kinova's customer support team anytime.