Q: Are your assistive robotic arms automated?

A: Our assistive robotic devices are controlled entirely by the user. They do not perform automated tasks and do not operate of their own accord. They do what you want them to do — nothing more, nothing less.

Q: Are Kinova robotic arms safe?

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

Q: Why is your signature robotic arm named “JACO”?

A: The KINOVA JACO Assistive robot pays homage to Jacques Forest, the uncle of our company’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 tele-manipulator, the Manipulo arm. His perseverance and ingenuity has inspired many, thus this next generation technical aid proudly carries his nickname: “Jaco.”

Q: For what purpose are your assistive robotic arms intended?

A: The KINOVA JACO Assistive robot 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 are your assistive robotic arms intended?

A: An assistive robot is 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 power wheelchair through a joystick, head-mounted control, or other technological controls, they will be able to operate one of our robotic arms.

Q: Can you wear an assistive robot?

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

Q: Does the KINOVA JACO Assistive robotic arm 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 chair’s perimeter. In some cases, however, it can make your wheelchair about 8 cm wider.

Q: Are your assistive robotic arms left- or right-handed?

A: Our arms 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 materials is the Kinova JACO robot shell made of?

A: As with all Kinova robots, the outer shell of the JACO Assistive robot is made of carbon fibre.

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If you're looking for more information about the JACO Assistive robot, please check out the Technical Resources page and new video tutorials. Or feel free to contact Kinova's Customer Support team anytime.