Kinova Launches Third Generation Ultra Lightweight Robot and Open Software for Researchers

Kinova Launches Third Generation Ultra Lightweight Robot and Open Software for Researchers

Kinova (Canada) - Kinova brings its robotic technology to the next level with the launch of the KINOVAⓇ Gen3 Ultra lightweight robot. Built from the ground up for researchers, this newest addition to their Robotic Arms series offers continuous innovation with open and intuitive hardware and software architecture.

Meeting the evolving needs of researchers:

Working with hundreds of research centres across the globe, Kinova identified a need in the market  for open robotic technology that would adapt and evolve with changing needs, and empower researchers to use their robot for multiple projects and applications.

Several years went into the evolution of the design, including a sleek new look and industry-first features like embedded 2D and 3D vision, a Quick Connect controller offering various connectivity options, and an interface module that enables researchers to build custom end effectors and easily connect them.

“Technology moves incredibly fast and it’s become imperative to build products that are collaborative and can evolve. Which meant we had to go further than offering leading-edge hardware, the hardware had to offer added value and be open for simple connectivity, and it needed to be enabled by open software,  so researchers become part of our growing community to lead innovation in service robots,” explained Louis-Joseph L’Écuyer, Kinova co-founder and Chief Operating Officer. “The result is the development of KINOVAⓇ KORTEXTM, our new software framework and application development platform, and the connectivity and adaptability of the Gen 3 Ultra lightweight robot, thanks to the dedication and brilliance of our Kinovians, among the greatest talent in the robotics industry”, he concluded.

Built for human-robot interaction:

The KINOVAⓇ Gen3 Ultra lightweight robot is a natural evolution in Kinova’s design DNA from its previous line of JACO robotic arms. The company’s mission, however, remains the same — every decision that went into this new platform stemmed from the desire to continue empowering people and increasing human capacity through responsible, respectful uses of technology.

“General public trust in the added value of robots is the next frontier. Robots must be perceived as safe, reliable and performant, but mostly at the service of human needs. There’s a lot of buzz and marketing spin about cobots, but researchers want robots that are inherently safe, open and designed—not adapted— to work in environments along with people. Human-robot interaction is about augmenting human capabilities, not automating or replacing them. And empowering humans to achieve extraordinary is in Kinova’s DNA”, advised Keith Blanchet, VP of Global Sales and Head of Innovation Robotics.

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