We are Kinova.

We work so that robots evolve from improving manufacturing capability in industry to improving quality of life in individuals

From needs
to innovation

Kinova began, more than a decade ago, with the primary goal of developing assistive robotics to help people with upper-body mobility impairment. We work with researchers all over the world, collaborating on innovative ways to empower people through advancements in medical robotics, instrumentation, navigation and data science. We strive to build technology capable of expanding the applicability of robotics to a broad spectrum of medical procedures and needs. Paramount to all this is the promotion of the achievements and self-reliance of the humans who interact with the technology we create.

Our mission

Creating life-changing innovation and assistive robots which provide users, partners and Kinovians with an experience that outclasses all the standards.

Our vision

Empower humanity through robotics.

Our values

  • Humanity
  • Excellence
  • Creativity

Our story

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    The beginning

    Kinova was founded in 2006 by Charles Deguire (CEO) and Louis-Joseph Caron L’Écuyer (CTO), two passionate, inspiring and visionary young individuals with Bachelor of Engineering degrees. It all started when Charles Deguire got the “invention bug” at an early age while supporting and assisting three of his uncles living with muscular dystrophy. One of them, Jacques “JACO” Forest, had already designed an ingenious makeshift arm that was able to pick up all kinds of objects. Motivated and inspired by his inventive uncle, who passed away in 1993, Charles Deguire took up this robotic arm idea and elaborated on it.

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    Thus was born JACO

    Thus was born JACO. Launched in 2009, JACO is a six-axis robotic manipulator arm with a three-fingered hand. This marvel of engineering significantly improves the lives of persons with reduced upper body mobility by assisting them in performing complex actions. Immediately adopted by many with upper body disabilities, JACO soon made a name for itself.

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    JACO was launched

    JACO was launched through its first German-based distributor.

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    Opening of German Office

    Kinova now offers direct service and installation via our headquarters in Bonn