26 Feb '13, 9pm

Startup Spotlight: Kinova Creating Robot Arms That Improve Lives

Startup Spotlight: Kinova Creating Robot Arms That Improve Lives

This is the second post in our Startup Spotlight series featuring new robotics companies from around the world. We're inviting representatives from the companies to describe their technologies and how they see the marketplace. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE. When he was a child, Kinova's co-founder and CEO Charles Deguire used to spend his summer vacations with his family in the beautiful region of Gaspesie in Quebec, Canada. Among the family members were three uncles who lived with muscular dystrophy. This muscle disease, which weakens the musculoskeletal system, caused Charles' uncles to live confined in power wheelchairs controlled only with the small residual movements left in their fingers. Charles learned at a young age all the challenges that people in wheelchairs face on a daily ba...

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