Robotics: Probing Brain Function and Dysfunction
BKIN Technologies is a leading developer of robotic technologies for probing brain function and dysfunction. Our patented KINARM product line enables basic and clinical researchers to explore sensory, motor and cognitive performance in both humans and NHPs. Our robotic and software tools create complex mechanical and visual worlds. BKIN's products are paradigm shifting and hold the promise of being the first quantitative and objective system to assess sensory, motor and cognitive function - critical instrumentation for the effective management of brain disease and injury.
The 2-Dimensional Paradigm
Fundamental to BKIN’s approach is our 2-dimensional paradigm in which the workspace is restricted to a single plane. This 2-dimensional paradigm represents the optimal balance between behavioural complexity and measurement simplicity.
Integrated Virtual Reality
Our virtual/augmented reality systems allow visual information to be presented in the plane of the workspace. Aligning the visual and mechanical environments in this manner takes advantage of the natural coupling that exists between the visual and proprioceptive systems.
KINARM Exoskeleton Labs are sophisticated platforms to monitor and manipulate the upper limb, providing a broad range of hand and joint-based kinesiological information.
KINARM End-Point Labs are modular, ranging from a single stand-alone robot to a full lab with two robots, integrated virtual reality and data acquisition systems. The KINARM End-Point robot is a simple, cost effective, graspable robot that can create highly complex mechanical environments.
KINARM Standard Tests is a battery of automated standardized sensory, motor and cognitive tasks that allow you to start assessing subjects "right out of the box".
Our customers conduct basic and clinical research to answer fundamental questions on sensory, motor and cognitive function. KINARM products allow our customers to conduct:
Basic Research on Brain Function
- Coordination of multi-joint and multi-limb motor actions
- Learning in altered visual or mechanical environments
- Solving complex cognitive problems
- Perceptual aspects of proprioception and body image
Clinical Research on Brain Health
- Quantify motor, sensory and cognitive deficits associated with a neurological disorder
- Identify novel biomarkers for clinical assessment
- Quantify patient performance for novel rehabilitation strategies
BKIN Technologies can help you choose the right product to fit your needs. Our multidisciplinary team is experienced in neuroscience, engineering, physiology, electronics, machining and software development. We work closely with basic and clinical researchers to integrate our technologies into their unique research programs to accelerate their research and achieve their goals.