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The JACO Robotic Arm seminar

  • Published Tue Mar 3rd 2015

    The School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Rehabilitation Science program, is pleased to welcome an industry rep and product specialist, Neil Hardie, from Kinova Robotics (a Montreal company) to our Thursday seminar.  His talk will be:

    The JACO robotic arm - enhancing quality of life

    Time and Location:  3 – 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in Louise D. Acton, 31 George Street.

    All Welcome!  Refreshments Provided!


    JACO is a world-class technology, conceived, designed and built by Kinova Robotics, a company based in Montreal, Canada.

    JACO was designed to fit on the side of a power wheelchair, and it's cutting-edge software is intuitive and user friendly. This unique and transformational technology  significantly improves the lives of people with an upper body mobility impairment by enabling them to perform complex dexterous actions.

    The use of JACO in daily life can enhance lifestyle and independence by providing  increased independence  and even self-confidence  to those living with spinal cord injury, Cerebral Palsy and Muscular  Dystrophy, as well as other injuries and disorders that cause upper body limitations.  Daily actions such as pouring a drink, eating a snack, watching TV, scratching an itch, picking an object up off the floor, turning on a light switch, opening a door or pushing an elevator button are all examples of independent actions that JACO users can perform that were impossible for them before.

    JACO users become less dependent on family and professional attendants and enjoy an improved quality of life , enhanced feelings of independence and improved confidence in their ability to go about their daily lives.

    Neil Hardie has been a product specialist with Kinova now for two years, he works from his base in Toronto and covers the ROC ( Rest of Canada!) outside of Quebec, as well as having responsibility for distributors in Germany, the UK and Australia. Neil has previously worked with the Red Cross and Corrections Canada. He spent over 20 years of his life here in Kingston before moving to Toronto.