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tecla-e: access technology and your environment, hands-free.

tecla-e is a cloud-connected assistive device that provides users with control of their smart-devices and environment (home automation).

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What problem does your idea solve?

Presently, millions of users with moderate to severe upper extremity impairments are prevented from using handheld devices (HHDs) like smartphones and tablets (and related technologies like smart homes), which require fine motor dexterity for touchscreen access as the primary interface mode. While some basic devices exist which allow users to use “non-touch” based tools to access these devices, they have serious ease of use and/or input device compatibility limitations.

Explain your idea

Komodo OpenLab has just released the next generation of Tecla, tecla-e. This new hardware device can control multiple Bluetooth devices (smartphones, tablets and computers), control switch-adapted equipment (communication devices, call bells, bed control, wheelchair functions like tilting, door openers) and provide integration with smart home technology. tecla-e also provides caregivers and families with tools to monitor the person receiving care. tecla-e is always connected to the internet and provides location, activity, and temperature information.

tecla-e is a cloud-connected assistive device giving people with upper-body mobility impairments the ability to fully access smart devices and technology. Users can send and receive emails and text messages, browse the web, watch videos, launch and use apps, read books, change the TV channel or turn the heat up, make (or hang up) phone calls at any time using accessibility switches they are familiar with like buttons, joysticks, and sip-and-puff controllers or their wheelchair driving controls.

tecla-e is for anyone who can’t easily use a smartphone, tablet or computer. This includes those with limited upper-body mobility resulting from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or stroke.

Who benefits?

tecla-e is for anyone who can’t easily use a smartphone, tablet or computer. This includes those with limited upper-body mobility resulting from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or stroke.

There are approximately 10 million people in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan with significant upper extremity mobility impairments that impede the operation of touchscreen-based devices.

How is your idea unique?

Tecla is the most versatile switch interface in the market. It is compatible with iOS, Android devices, and computers. It has two dual switch ports that can be used with a wide range of switches from simple buttons to sensors activated by blowing or blinking. Tecla can also be integrated into wheelchairs allowing the user to control their target device using their driving controls, Tecla follows an industry standard being compatible with all wheelchair brands. We are the only assistive device that is compatible with off-the-shelf technology and enables users to control and switch between multiple smart-devices and home automation systems.

Tell us more about you

Komodo OpenLab Inc. is a certified B Corporation and was founded in 2010 by CEO Mauricio Meza and CTO Jorge Silva. Mauricio worked for 10+ years as an assistive tech leader at Canada’s largest rehabilitation hospital and completed his MBA in 2010 while Jorge has been an inclusive technology researcher for over 12 years at UofT, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital, and OCAD University. Our offices are based in Toronto, Canada and Prince Edward County, Canada.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

We are currently finalizing our packaging and shipping dates.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burma
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • Other

Idea Maturity

  • Mature Growth/Currently Operating: I am currently implementing this idea but may still be iterating.

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Hi Kate, thanks for contributing to the Challenge.Quick question, do you have experience in any of the questions you mentioned with other products?