The JACO Assistive Robot

The KINOVA JACOAssistive robot  features six-axis movement corresponding to shoulder, elbow and wrist, allowing 16 movements in all to mimic the smoothness and versatility of a fully functioning human arm.

Mount it on your wheelchair and take full control using the chair’s joystick, head control, sip-and-puff, head array system or almost any other interface, in combination. 

  • Made from lightweight carbon fibre and light to the touch
  • Durable and weather-resistant
  • Comes standard with our 2- or 3-finger gripper
  • Uses the same power source as a wheelchair
  • Mounted to minimize overall power wheelchair width

JACO can make a significant difference to those living with:

  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Stroke

JACO changes lives....


In 2003, I sustained a cervical level spinal cord injury after falling from trampoline. For twelve years, I have relied on the assistance of others to pick things up when I drop something the floor, get me a drink, or carry items that I can’t pick up. However, my life completely changed the day JACO was in my possession. Jaco can performs simple tasks, and he can assist me with a variety of complex tasks, too. JACO can even hold my camera for me! Kinova, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

DAN, London Ontario


Born in Montreal, I grew up having a busy lifestyle. As far back as I can remember, I always thrived on adventure and challenges. Life served me well. Then I had a car accident the day before my 22nd birthday. Quadraplegic since that day, I get around in a motorized wheelchair and I only have partial movement of my arms, with not dexterity in my fingers. I worked really hard since the beginning to get back my maximum independence and continue to search for ways to become even more so. The discovery of the robotic arm JACO has been a major revelation in my life. He brings me independence, but just as important, a feeling of safety and security. I an now grab a beverage and drink it without a straw, pick up objects when they fall to the floor without someone having to be there to pick it up for me. I can press  elevator buttons that are often too high in public places. There’s a lot less worry for me and my “entourage” when I am alone in my apartment.

Isabelle, Montreal Quebec