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Posts Tagged: wearable computing

Onyx Motion to appear on NextGenDen, web-based Dragon’s Den CBC show for mobile and Internet companies

UTEST company Onyx Motion, makers of an Android wear app called Swish that provides digital coaching for sports like basketball, will appear on CBC's NextGenDen. UPDATED! You can watch the Onyx Motion/Swish episode here (jump to the 6:15 mark). The online web series seeks to take the popular Dragon's Den model to Internet- and mobile-focused companies and features a new panel of dragons: Michael Hyatt, Michelle Romanow, Paul Miklas and Matthew Corrin. Onyx Motion, led by CEO Marissa Wu and CTO Vivek Kesarwani, will ... Read more

UTEST announces third cohort of U of T software start-ups

Products range from wearable digital coaches to socially-drive financial investment tools TORONTO (Dec. 2, 2014) — The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) incubator, co-directed by U of T’s Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) and MaRS Innovation, has announced its third cohort of computer science start-up companies. Betakit and Electronic Products &Technology covered this announcement; TechVibes featured Syncadian and Onyx Motion in recent features. The U of T magazine also featured Syncadian and CEO Hanna Janossy in this recent profile. The five companies and ... Read more

Minuum launches iOS 8 keyboard, expanding product to Apple users

Whirlscape, a graduate of the UTEST program's first cohort (co-managed by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto), has launched their little keyboard for big fingers to Apple users. The software, released to coincide with Apple's iOS 8 launch, is part of Whirlscape's larger efforts to develop typing solutions for wearable devices, including smartwatches, Google Glass and other applications. The Minuum product launch for iOS was covered in TechCrunch, The Next Web and Mobile Syrup, among other tech blogs, and was mentioned in ... Read more

Whirlscape releases Minuum version 2.11, teases for iOS 8 launch

Whirlscape, graduates of the UTEST program, made tech headlines last week by releasing a teaser of Minuum, their one-line, mobile keyboard for wearable devices, running on an iPhone. The announcement and teaser gif were covered in TechCrunch, SlashGear, MobileSyrup and AndroidGuys, among other tech outlets. From input, the Minuum blog: We’ve embraced the design philosophies of iOS to refine Minuum into an elegant typing experience centred around our incredibly powerful autocorrect. (more…) Read more

CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange features Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard

UTEST graduate Whirlscape, makers of the wearable, one-line Minuum keyboard, were recently featured on CBC's Lang and O'Leary Exchange. Minuum has also broken the 100 billion pixels mark in screen space saved for its users. Read about it on input, the Minuum blog. Founder and CEO Will Walmsley was interviewed by Amanda Lang. The footage was also made available on CBC News, and was included in CBC's weekly summary of the week's top business stories. Watch the video. Here's an excerpt: Typing on a smartphone ... Read more

The Varsity on UTEST and start-up culture at U of T; Whirlscape launches new Minuum smartwatch demo

"Start-up culture is fast taking hold at U of T, with an array of incubators and accelerators providing student entrepreneurs the resources and mentorships required to get their businesses up and running," writes Ameya Charnalia of The Varsity, the University of Toronto's student newspaper. Charnalia's article focuses on new student-focused incubators, such as the UTEST program, which provide entrepreneurs cash, access to in-house expertise, working space and mentorship to advice their ideas. It appeared in the same week that recent UTEST graduate Whirlscape released ... Read more

Globe and Mail: Strong incubators are key to driving innovation

Jeff Cates' op-ed in the Globe and Mail's Small Business/Digital Innovation section on June 19, 2014 argues that incubators have a key role to play in fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and growing new industries in Ontario. Cates states this is particularly true when incubators when they provide programs and services to help young entrepreneurs succeed. The University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology program (UTEST), co-managed with MaRS Innovation, is one such program. UTEST is set to announce its third cohort within the next month. (more…) Read more

Portfolio Snapshot: Minuum debuts on Google Glass, Crowdmark named most innovative at SIIA

There's been lots of activity in MI's portfolio this week (and it's only Wednesday). Read down for what you need to know about Whirlscape, Crowdmark, OtoSim, and ApneaDx. Whirlscape launches Google Glass demo video Whirlscape's Minuum keyboard nabbed a four-star review from CNET's editors only days before announcing their technology is now available for Google Glass. Watch the UTEST graduate's newest demo video. Reaction coverage: BNN, the Telegraph (U.K.), WPRO (radio), CNET, Mashable, TechCrunch, Mobile Syrup and Android Central, among various other tech blogs. Crowdmark ... Read more

Whirlscape’s team on Minuum, Indiegogo and crowdfunding a beta keyboard launch

Every six weeks, MaRS Innovation’s marketing and communications manager writes a guest post for the MaRS Discovery District blog profiling MI’s activities or one of our start-up companies. You can read the original post on the MaRS blog. On Monday, June 17, Whirlscape Inc. released the beta version of its hotly anticipated, tiny, one-dimensional digital keyboard, Minuum: “the little keyboard for big fingers.” If you follow tech gadget news, you’ve likely read about or even supported the company’s successful Indiegogo campaign, which raised more ... Read more

Whirlscape releases Minuum keyboard beta to early users

10,000 Indiegogo supporters first to try one-dimensional, virtual mobile keyboard TORONTO, Canada (June 18, 2013) — Whirlscape Inc., creators of Minuum, “the little keyboard for big fingers,” today released the Android beta to the nearly 10,000 supporters who funded the keyboard’s wildly successful Indiegogo campaign. The Minuum Project campaign raised over $87,000 (USD) through the crowdfunding platform between March and April 2013, well past its initial goal of $10,000. Whirlscape promised to release the hotly anticipated Minuum beta two months after the campaign, ... Read more
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