Date founded: October 1st, 2015
Product: Tecla shield hardware, tecla apps, accessories
Target: Individuals with physical disabilities
Sector: Accessibility, ICT, medical devices
Revenue Model: Hardware sales, app subscriptions
Smartphones and tablets can increase productivity, strengthen social networks, facilitate leisure activities, and enable quick access to online products and services. However, millions of people are affected by mobility impairment and are therefore unable to access these devices freely. This means they cannot take advantage of the benefits readily available to their peers. Komodo OpenLab is the maker of Tecla, an assistive device that gives people with upper-body mobility impairments the ability to fully access smart devices and technology, at a fraction of the cost of traditional assistive devices. Tecla bridges the gap, allowing those with disabilities to make use of these powerful tools. Their newest version of the product is a cloud-connected assistive device that allows users their smart-devices and environments, further improving user autonomy.
Smartphones and tablets are revolutionizing our lives. These devices can increase productivity, strengthen social networks, facilitate leisure, and enable instant access to online products and services while on the move. However, millions of people with mobility impairments (12 million in North America and Europe alone) are unable to access such devices and thus cannot take advantage of the benefits that have been readily available to their peers. Tecla bridges this gap, allowing those with disabilities to make use of these powerful tools.
In the Media
Tecla Shield Reconnects Injured to Mobile Devices - WSJ , October 22nd, 2014
Small Business Week: Komodo Open Lab - BNN , October 20th, 2014
Inclusive mobile technology will increase job opportunities for those with disabilities - Yonge Street , May 15th, 2014
U.S. health care system fails pair of Canadian inventors - The Globe and Mail , December 4th, 2013
University incubator program helps foster entrepreneurial spirit - Financial Post , July 16th, 2012
Toronto startup Komodo OpenLab launches Tecla for the iPad - Tech Vibes , June 2nd, 2012