Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone Welcomes Four New Tech Startups to Collaborative Innovation Hub
Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone has welcomed four new companies into its downtown hub. These tech startups join 41 other teams currently operating out of the University’s interdisciplinary workspace for digital thought leadership.
“I’m pleased to welcome Komodo, KytePhone, Electric Courage, and Virtual Next into the DMZ,” said Valerie Fox, Digital Media Zone Executive Director, who recently won the Canadian Women in Technology Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “The addition of these forward-thinking businesses contributes to our mission to build Canada’s future as a global hub of innovation and economic development.”
Komodo OpenLab develops open and inclusive technologies that facilitate the daily lives of people with disabilities. Co-founded by Ryerson MBA graduate Mauricio Meza, the company enhances the accessibility of mainstream technologies by leveraging the wisdom of users and their communities through the use of open-source technologies and open standards.
Komodo’s first product, Tecla, is a set of open software and hardware tools that facilitate access to mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, for those who are unable to manipulate them due to disease or disability. Tecla users can control their devices using the highly customized interfaces with which they already familiar, such as their wheelchair driving controls or adapted switches.
KytePhone is a free app that transforms any Android smartphone into a child-friendly device. Once installed, KytePhone safeguards a child’s mobile experience by allowing parents to control all aspects of that phone’s use, including who the child may call and what apps they have access to.
Via an intuitive online dashboard parents can manage the phone’s activity, including monitoring who was called and how long apps were used. Parents can also view the phone’s location in real time. Once activated, the KytePhone interface cannot be removed without parental intervention, even after rebooting the phone.