Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices | TechCrunch

For the past seven years, the Canadian technology developer Komodo Openlabs has been working on a device called Tecla that allow users with limited mobility to control electronic devices. Designed for users who have trouble operating smartphones, tablets, or computers because of limited upper-body mobility caused by spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries or a stroke, the original Tecla product could only work with one device at a time. Now, Tecla is giving its technology an upgrade by integrating controls for connected home devices into and expanding the number of devices that can be controlled through the Tecla unit at one time(bumping controls from one device to eight). The company’s technology integrates with a wheelchair’s control mechanism and allows users to interact with either their personal computer, smartphone or tablet by making the same movements they use to control their wheelchairs. Komodo Openlabs began in 2010 as a collaboration between Mauricio Meza, the company’s chief executive officer and a former assistive technology consultant at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and Jorge Silva, a former researcher at the University of Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital, and OCAD University — home to Canada’s Inclusive Design and Research Center (which focuses on accessibility).
Source: Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices | TechCrunch


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