Hi, I’m JACO.
I can help you achieve new goals.

JACO robotic arms restore freedom of movement to people living with upper body mobility impairment. They allow these individuals to accomplish many activities of daily living, promoting self-reliance and independence.

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Next-level mobility

Easy to install and easy to use. JACO can be mounted on almost any power wheelchair and is controlled by the wheelchair’s “onboard” system (such as joystick, head control or sip and puff/head array).

Easy to install and easy to use. JACO can be mounted on almost any power wheelchair and is controlled by the wheelchair’s “onboard” system (such as joystick, head control or sip and puff/head array).

Compact, low profile and energy efficient

Following the tilt movement of the seat, the positioning of the arm minimizes the chair’s width and maximizes the arm’s reach. Power comes from the wheelchair accumulator.

Following the tilt movement of the seat, the positioning of the arm minimizes the chair’s width and maximizes the arm’s reach. Power comes from the wheelchair accumulator.

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Discover the features

Discover the features

Enabling the impossible

People living with upper body mobility impairment now have the option to carry out everyday tasks on their own—making them less dependent on caregivers. Here are some examples. The possibilities are limitless.

  • Eating & drinking
  • Flipping a switch to turn on the lights
  • Opening a door or pressing an elevator button
  • Brushing their teeth
  • Walking their dog
  • Enabling work & school
  • Making a phone call

People living with upper body mobility impairment now have the option to carry out everyday tasks on their own—making them less dependent on caregivers. Here are some examples. The possibilities are limitless.

  • Eating & drinking
  • Flipping a switch to turn on the lights
  • Opening a door or pressing an elevator button
  • Brushing their teeth
  • Walking their dog
  • Enabling work & school
  • Making a phone call

Light, agile and strong

Resembling a full human arm, JACO features a smooth, six-movement axis, corresponding to the shoulder, elbow and wrist—for 16 movements in all. Light and strong, the robot arms are made of carbon fiber.

Resembling a full human arm, JACO features a smooth, six-movement axis, corresponding to the shoulder, elbow and wrist—for 16 movements in all. Light and strong, the robot arms are made of carbon fiber.

Specifications

  • Wrist Angle 55°
  • Weight5,2kg
  • Payload1,6kg
  • MaterialCarbon fiber
  • Reach984mm
  • Power Consumption25W (average)
  • 16 movements total
  • Carbon fiber structure
  • Lightweight
  • Weather resistant
  • Reach the floor with standard installation on wheelchair
  • Three finger gripper
    • High friction rubber pads make grasping objects easy
    • Optimized for activities of daily living
    • Flexible fingers
    • Adapt to shape and size
    • Current sensors and limitation

Testimonials

FAQ

Are the assistive robotic arms automated?

The assistive robotic devices are controlled by an individual. They don’t perform automated tasks and do not operate on their own. They do what you want them to do, and nothing more.

What do the name JACO mean?

JACO isn’t an acronym, it is named after the inventor’s uncle Jacques Foret, who developed the first assistive robotic arm. 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, who named JACO in honor of his uncle, who friends and family referred to as “JACO.”

What are assistive robots for?

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

Who needs an assistive robot?

An assistive robot is good for people with disabilities who 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.

Do you “wear” an assistive robot?

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.

Does JACO make my wheelchair wider

In most configurations, the assistive robot will not extend the wheels’ perimeter. But in some configurations, it may make your wheelchair about 8 cm wider.

Is the assistive robot arm left- or right-handed?

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.

Does my health insurance pay for the arm?

Yes, JACO is a recognized medical device and part of the performance obligation from every health insurance provider. The user does not have to pay anything.

What happens if JACO is broken?

You just have to contact Kinova directly. All repairs can be done from our customer service department in Bonn. The warranty is 2 years (see our Terms and Conditions for more information) .

Try JACO at home.

Anywhere in Germany, by way of Bonn.