This robotic wheelchair arm acts like an extension of its user's body

Meet Charles DeGuire and his creation JACO: a robotic arm for wheelchair users.
Charles DeGuire, 33, created a robotic arm dubbed JACO — an intuitive, flexible design that attaches to a wheelchair. 11:48

Meet JACO: a robotic arm for wheelchair users.

JACO is remarkable: innovative, intuitive and flexible. It's creator, Charles DeGuire, was inspired by three of his uncles who had muscular dystrophy. Growing up, DeGuire witnessed their passion to live a full life — as well as the barriers they faced. For him, there's no better place to apply technology than to make daily tasks more accessible for those living with disability.

If you would have told me at 10 years old I would be building robots my entire life, I would have been so happy.- Charles DeGuire

DeGuire is one of a new generation of passionate change-makers profiled in CBC's new series We Are Canada. Watch the series Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC and online.


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