Success Story

Komodo OpenLab

(From left) Mauricio Meza, CEO and Business Development Officer, Komodo OpenLab; OCE Business Development Manager Martin Lord (centre); and Komodo OpenLab CTO and Technical Lead Jorge Silva (right) at the company's OCAD office and manufacturing facility.

Touchscreen technology has revolutionized the mobile devices market, and changed the way people live and interact. However, it presents a real challenge to those who have moderate to severe physical impairments and rely on assistive technologies like speech recognition.

OCAD University spin-off Komodo OpenLab has developed Tecla, an affordable hardware and software solution that enables access to mobile devices for those with motor impairments. Users can access and control their devices by using interfaces they are already familiar with, like wheelchair driving controls, to make phone calls, send emails and read eBooks with ease.

OCE supported Komodo OpenLab early on with two rounds of Market Readiness funding to conduct beta testing, product development, marketing and a tradeshow mission. The company, now incubating at the OCE-supported Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University, has landed additional funding from FedDev and IRAP and was one of three winners of the Experiential Learning Student Competition at OCE’s Discovery conference in May. Komodo OpenLab is currently preparing for an angel investment.

Komodo currently ships to 500 users in 18 countries. A new version of the hardware has just been released and the company is collaborating with the world’s top tech companies.

Return on Innovation

  • Currently employs three full-time and one part-time staff
  • Another five Ryerson and OCAD university students working on the project
  • Plans to hire two positions by end of year and another three in 2014
  • Company generated $120,000 in revenue last fiscal year

OCE©2013 Last updated 10/2013