ⓘ Kinova

                                     

ⓘ Kinova

Kinova is a Canadian technology company that manufactures service robotics platforms and applications for personal assistance. The company is headquartered in Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada.

                                     

1. History

In 2006, Charles Deguire and Louis-Joseph LEcuyer founded Kinova as an independent manufacturer of robotic devices. Deguires uncle was an inventor who created a manipulator for his wheelchair, which became the basis for the company to create the robotic arms. By 2009, Kinova had introduced a robotic arm that could fit onto any standard wheelchair and allow users to feed themselves.

From 2016–18, Kinova expanded its operations, opening offices in Germany and China. In 2017, Kinova announced that it had raised $25 million in funding backed by investors KTB Network, BDC Venture Capital, Fonds Manufacturier Quebecois and Foxconn Technology Group. Later in the year, the company collaborated and partnered with McGill University to increase their collaborative research involving medical, surgical and assistive robotics.

                                     

2. Products

Kinova produces the JACO Assistive robotic arm, a six-axis robotic manipulator arm with a two- or three-finger hand to improve the life of people with mobility issues.

Kinova also provides accessories such as arm grippers, actuators and controllers.

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