Minuum keyboard creators accelerate wearable device input technology development
TORONTO, Canada (February 6, 2014) — Whirlscape Inc., creators of Minuum, “the little keyboard for big fingers,” have closed an investment seed round for just over $500,000 (USD). Y Combinator, FundersClub, BDC Venture Capital, and a dozen other prominent angel investors have contributed to the round.
Whirlscape’s plans for the capital involve innovating beyond its participation in Silicon Valley’s start-up accelerator Y Combinator. Whirlscape also aims to consolidate the success of its Minuum keyboard ...
OtoSim™ device’s integration into medical students’ curriculum to help improve diagnosis accuracy by 44 per cent
TORONTO, ON (Feb. 5, 2014) — The University of Toronto (U of T) is creating a Student Training Fund in Otoscopy in partnership with OtoSim Inc., thanks to a $200,000 donation led by Mr. Ralph Chiodo, founder of Active Green + Ross. Other donors include some franchisees of Active Green + Ross and others among Chiodo’s friends and associates.
The Halldale Group, a publisher specializing in simulation ...
Deal led by MaRS Innovation and Innovation York to strengthen Slyce’s mobile image recognition application for retail e-commerce
TORONTO, Feb. 4, 2014—Slyce today announced that it has acquired a computer vision technology developed at York University that quickly analyzes and aggregates similar images.
Through the acquisition, Slyce also hired former York PhD student, Dr. Ehsan Fazl-Ersi, to lead the integration of the intellectual property into Slyce’s Visual Search Platform as their new head of Research & Development.
Slyce is a premium provider of visual ...
In a January 24, 2014 Biotechnology Focus cover article, author Shawn Lawrence discusses MaRS Innovation President and CEO Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein's recent visit to learn more of the emerging science and technology markets in Singapore and Japan.
The trip allowed Hofstein to discuss current MI projects, specifically start-ups XLV Diagnostics Inc. and DVLR Therapeutics Inc., whose products could benefit from Singapore's proximity to medical technology markets in India and China.
Hofstein joined other delegates from Canada, including Dr. Mark Poznansky, president and CEO of the ...
The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario's online magazine highlighted WaveCheck on February 3, 2014 as a more personalized approach to cancer treatments because of the technology's ability to effectively monitor chemotherapy response.
WaveCheck's technology, invented by Dr. Gregory Czarnota of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Professor Michael C. Kolios of Ryerson University, allows women and men undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer to know if their treatment is working at the beginning of treatment (within one to four weeks) rather than at ...
The Bioprinter project, a three-way initiative from MaRS Innovation, the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, was featured on Canada AM on January 29 during a segment with Dr. Marla Shapiro, the program's Health and Medical Expert.
The Bioprinter, whose commercial applications are being developed by MI's Fanny Sie, is a 3D printer than can print on organic material, including skin.
Click here to watch the full segment on CTV's Canada AM.
Shapiro visited Dr. Marc Jeschke and his team in his lab at Sunnybrook to ...
Whirlscape Inc.'s Minuum keyboard was featured on the January 27, 2014 episode of Discovery Canada's Daily Planet.
Lucas Cochran, Daily Planet's technology correspondent, covered the technology that's perfect for small devices and big fingers, noting that Minuum's creators are successfully combating the small amount of space available on wearable technology, like smart watches.
Check out the video here. The profile, in Cochran's Digit@l segment, begins at the 1:10 mark.
MaRS Innovation staff and WaveCheck Campaign Co-directors Dr. Fazila Seker and Elizabeth Monier-Williams spoke with the CBC's Colleen Ross about the process of crowdfunding WaveCheck's partner-based clinical studies on "The World This Weekend."
The radio segment, called "Crowdfunding Science," aired on January 25, 2014 and discussed the lack of funding researchers have access to for commercialization, making it harder to advance research that could be helping people in a variety of industries.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
WaveCheck's crowdfunding campaign is an example of ...
The University of Toronto Early Stage Technology (UTEST) program was the focus of a recent online article in BetaKit, a Canadian innovation and technology resource.
The article by Joseph Czikk, BetaKit's managing editor, is part of a series on Canada's most promising start-up accelerators and the people who make them successful. Czikk highlights UTEST "as one of the most value-packed programs in the entire country" and credits the calibre of applicants and ideas to the program's requirement to have at least one co-founder ...
Crowdmark, a MaRS Innovation and University of Toronto start-up incubated through the UTEST program, has reached a deal with Ricoh Canada Inc.
Announced January 20, 2014, the deal outlines national printing and scanning service for Crowdmark customers, with U.S. discussions coming up in the future, to improve the start-up's online marking process for teachers.
Here's an excerpt from the release (emphasis ours):
Toronto, Ontario (January 20, 2014) – Crowdmark Inc., a software company that delivers an ultra-scalable collaborative assessment platform to educators worldwide, announced today ...