The Kite Research Institute

University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Designs, develops and tests new assistive technologies and treatments to enhance the lives of older people and those with disabling injuries or illness

Areas of expertise

The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute has developed into a world-class and unique resource for rehabilitation research. The Kite Research Institute focuses on four key issues in rehabilitation: 1) prevention, 2) return to maximal function (participation), 3) aging in place and 4) optimization of the rehab system. Its mission extends beyond studying problems; instead it seeks to solve problems. This is achieved through providing evidence for policy change, new treatments, and developing commercialized products. KITE is a totally unique research centre that conceives, designs, develops, and validates solutions for our society, particularly given our increasing elderly population and a rapidly growing population living with a physical, cognitive or communicative disability.

Research services

3D printing, Proof of concept, Product enhancement, Modelling, Simulation, Prototyping, manufacturing design and development, Custom manufacturing, Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Design engineering, Medical engineering, Neural engineering, Rehabilitation sciences, Industrial design, Rehabilitation, information and telecommunication technologies, Productivity enhancement, Beta and alpha testing, Market identification and commercialization, Artificial intelligence, Robotics, Cardiopulmonary fitness, Brain injury, Disability, Aging, Dementia, Stroke, Parkinson's disease, Assistive technologies, Spinal cord injury, Sleep apnea, Swallowing disorders, Health services research, Balance and mobility, Return on investment of health innovations, Winter accessibility, Challenging environments

Sectors of application
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Specialized facility 




Simulation of a hospital room with ensuite bathroom

Development, testing of hospital caregiver support technologies


Refrigeration and heating systems

Wide range of environmental conditions from frozen winter (-20C) to stifling summer (+35C) with up to 95% humidity

CEAL motion base

6 DOF platforms, 4 different payloads: DriverLab, StairLab, StreetLab, WinterLab

Customizable testing environments, such as different terrains and slopes, to solve challenges faced in the real world


Driving, weather and glare simulator, eye tracking, physiological measurements

Realistic visual, sound, vibration and motion to study driving performance


2 DOF platform, biomechanical measurements

Balance control


Simulation of a typical modest income apartment

Age-in-place, older adult and caregiver support, intelligent home development


Fully instrumented staircase and ramp, complete biomechanical measurements

Precisely measures body mechanics to study and improve the safety of the built environment


Polysomnographic, cardiovascular, audio and video monitoring, alertness testing

Study sleep disorders and difficulties, such sleep apnea


Treadmill, 240 degree projection screen, immersive audio system

Simulates 3D streetscapes or realistic scenarios that are adjusted to interact with participants

Swallowing Rehabilitation

Ultrasound, intra-oral manometry, surface EMG, airflow, video fluoroscopy, electromagnetic articulography

Understanding the mechanisms, pathophysiology, diagnostics and treatment of swallowing disorders and impairments


Ice and air chillers, wind turbines, snow machine

Recreates typical Canadian winter conditions with sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice covered surfaces


Electronics and Instrumentation Development, Rapid Prototyping, and Mechanical Workshops, Research and Design Studio

5 Axis Mills

Fused deposition modelling

Live tooling lathe

MIG, TIG, stick welding

Stereolithography apparatus

Surface grinder

Design, fabrication and validation of prototypes, testing apparatus


  • Advanced Mechanical Technology Inc.
  • AirGuard Medical Products Company
  • Andrew J Hart Enterprises Ltd.
  • Arjohuntleigh Canada Inc.
  • A-Tech Instruments Ltd.
  • Baffin Inc.
  • Bosch Rexroth AG
  • Canada Post Corporation
  • Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Spinal Cord Injury Canada
  • Canadian Stroke Network (NCE)
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers
  • Carroll Hospital Group
  • CDW Healthcare
  • Cimco Refrigeration Division of Toromont Industries Ltd.
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)
  • Government of Ontario
  • Drummond Foundation
  • ECHO: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario (agency of MOHLTC)
  • Gastle and Associates
  • Government of Canada
  • HandyMetrics Corporation
  • Health Technology Exchange
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • IBM Canada Ltd
  • International Development of Technology
  • International Science and Technology
  • International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada Inc.
  • Lenovo Canada



Toronto researchers test new rehabilitation method for paralyzed patients…

Introducing The Kite Research Institute

Doctors rethinking opioids for chronic pain

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A senior’s resolution: No More falling down

KITE will focus on rehab, commercialization

Tests for marijuana impairment are not accurate….

HERO Glove helps restore basic hand movements to stroke patients…

Clothing to help people with paralysis