Posts Tagged: UTEST

Whirlscape releases Minuum demo on a Smart Watch

Whirlscape continues to build momentum for the Minuum keyboard. On January 21, the UTEST grad launched a demo of their keyboard on a Galaxy Gear Smart Watch. The remarkably accurate keyboard that encourages sloppy typing for smartphones and wearable technology uses a disambiguation algorithm to make sense of any letter combination, so it's been proven perfect for big fingers. Xavier Snelgrove, Minuum's co-founder and CTO, wrote a detailed explanation on the creation of the keyboard in Input, a blog by Minuum's creators. From language ... Read more

Financial Post lists Whirlscape as Canadian Start-Up to Watch

2014 set to be big year for the start-up and UTEST grad Whirlscape's Minuum keyboard leads the way in Matthew Braga's January 5 Financial Post article highlighting promising start-ups from across Canada. In 2013, Whirlscape's Minuum keyboard app debuted at number 2 on Google's Top New Paid Apps List after raising over $87,000 on an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. They've also been accepted into Y Combinator, a prestigious U.S. accelerator program. Here's an excerpt from the article: Minuum's potential goes far beyond improved touchscreen typing. The company's so-called "one-dimensional" keyboard ... Read more

MaRS Innovation’s 2013 Top 10 List

2013 was an exceptional year for MaRS Innovation. Here are the top 10 news stories from our commercialization portfolio. 1. MaRS Innovation secures a $15 million CECR funding extension In January, MaRS Innovation was one of four Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research to be successfully extended by the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada. This achievement reflects and recognizes the quality of the startups and licensable technologies within the MaRS Innovation portfolio, as well as the rigour of its business model and the achievements of its ... Read more

CBC News’ “The National” Features Granata Decision Systems

Amanda Lang interviews U of T prof and co-founder Craig Boutilier in segment on innovative start-ups and Canada’s future Following an appearance on the CBC’s “Lang and O’Leary Exchange” on November 28, MaRS Innovation UTEST company, Granata Decision Systems, appeared on CBC news “The National.” The segment included an interview with Amanda Lang. Watch Boutilier's interview with Lang for "The National" on CBC's website.  Founded by Craig Boutilier and Tyler Lu, Granata Decision Systems is one of the first six companies incubated through the UTEST program for early-stage technologies, ... Read more

Lang & O’Leary Exchange features Granata Decision Systems

UTEST company makes cameo through launch of OneEleven, Toronto's new data-driven accelerator for entrepreneurs CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange featured Granata Decision Systems, one of the first UTEST companies incubated through that program for early-stage technologies by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, in their program on Wednesday, November 28, 2013. The data-driven company is one of eight to join the inaugural cohort for OneEleven, a new accelerator funded by OMERS Ventures, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Ryerson University and other industry ... Read more

Thotra Receives National Post and Hindustan Times Coverage for Speech Transformation Technology

Thotra's speech transformation technology to improve  comprehension in call centres and transcription services worldwide On October 11, 2013, The Hindustan Times covered a technology developed by UTEST start-up graduate Thotra (invented by Frank Rudzicz) for its speech-transformation software. The article commends Thotra for recognizing the communications gap surrounding accents, hailing the technology as the solution to "put an end to all accent problems." On October 2, 2013, Thotra's technology was also covered in the National Post: The software, which filters out aspects of speech that ... Read more

ChipCare, UTEST and MaRS Innovation profiled in Nature journal article on commercialization programs in Canada

Canadian commercialization and entrepreneurial programs helping scientists and researchers bring their products to market are the focus of a recent article in Nature Journal and on nature.com. Posted online on October 2, 2013, the article explains how the Centres of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR) programme, and specifically MaRS Innovation, develop research and put it into practice: "MARS Innovation and its sister organization MARS Discovery District are not-for-profit organizations that are tightly integrated in Canadian research commercialization. They are based in a heritage building ... Read more

Whirlscape’s Minuum keyboard debuts at #2 on Google’s Top New Paid Apps list

The Minuum keyboard, which made its public debut in the Google Play Store on August 21, 2013, has already reached #2 position in Google’s “Top New Paid Android Apps” list. The keyboard is the only non-game currently in that list’s top 10. In the “Top Paid in Android Apps” general category, Minuum is already #9. The keyboard, made by Whirlscape Inc., has a four-star rating among users. (more…) Read more

Portfolio Update: OtoSim on Healthy Sim blog; UTEST grads Whirlscape and Crowdmark launch betas

Here’s a snapshot of some MI start-up news that you may have missed over the last week: OtoSim Inc.'s medical training simulators, which teach otoscopy and otolargyngology skills in an interactive way, were featured on the Healthy Simulation blog. (Watch the interview with Louis Hui, OtoSim's director of business development, on Youtube or see the embedded clip below.) Crowdmark launched a private beta of their web-based grading application, which has a paper-to-cloud bridge and marking workflow that streamline document assessment on a massive ... 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
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