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  • How glasses developed at U of T are helping Canadian Olympians in South Korea sleep

    February 8, 2018 Canadian Olympians in South Korea have a secret weapon: special glasses meant to help them sleep and perform better. They were developed at the University of Toronto. U of T master’s student Amol Rao tells Stella Acquisto how they work. Read more
  • U of T startups take home prizes at health challenge event

    February 7, 2018 Braze Mobility uses sensors to help motorized wheelchair users avoid collisions with the obstacles that surround them. Now, with its latest product, Braze hopes to one day help eliminate the obstacles themselves. Pooja Viswanathan, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Toronto and the CEO and co-founder of Braze, says she’s hoping ... Read more
  • SensOR Medical Allows Surgeons to Feel Again

    February 6, 2018 It’s no secret: minimally invasive surgeries (MIS) are on the rise. The tools used during these advanced scope-based procedures provide little tactile feedback that surgeons used to experience in open surgeries. Working at a distance means it is hard to gauge the force being applied to tissues. The founders at ... Read more
  • This U of T engineering student’s startup is giving Canada’s Olympic skiers a fresh edge

    February 6, 2018 At the Olympics, being a tenth of a second slower to react can be the difference between winning a medal and missing the podium. That’s why ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, athletes are making sure they’re getting the rest and sleep they need to perform ... Read more
  • Hey, Rugby Players: Go from Maul to Mall in this New Suit

    February 5, 2018 Sure, there are plenty of advantages to being a six-foot-two, 200-pound professional rugby player. You can always reach the top shelf. You never need help opening a pickle jar. Your rippling muscles keep you warm throughout the cold Canadian winter. But finding a suit that fits properly? That’s a whole other playing ... Read more
  • How a Toronto startup is helping Canadian athletes in Pyeongchang cope with jet lag

    February 5, 2018 For Canada’s freestyle ski team, a split-second decision in Pyeongchang could have life-altering consequences. The Olympians need to be at their sharpest to tackle jumps at dizzying heights or descents at lightning speeds, and getting a good night’s sleep is crucial. That’s why a Toronto-based startup called Somnitude has provided the ... Read more
  • Fits Like a Glove!

    February 2, 2018 When you hear that a 25-year-old entrepreneur was featured in Forbes magazine, you could be forgiven for assuming it was because he’d invented a flashy, trendy gadget aimed at Millennials. But Mark Elias is making waves for inventing a glove. His assistive technology is designed to improve the quality of ... Read more
  • U of T startup’s AI tracks cognitive function of Toronto retirement home residents: CTV

    February 1, 2018 A University of Toronto startup that uses artificial intelligence to track patients’ cognitive impairment is being tested by retirement living provider Revera, which operates nearly 100 retirement communities in six provinces across Canada. The tablet-based test developed by WinterLight Labs only takes about four minutes to complete, compared to about 20 ... Read more
  • Mr. Robot

    January 29, 2018 For more than 30 years, Geoffrey Hinton hovered at the edges of artificial intelligence research, an outsider clinging to a simple proposition: that computers could think like humans do—using intuition rather than rules. The idea had taken root in Hinton as a teenager when a friend described how a hologram ... Read more
  • From anthropology to AI: Meet the U of T expert guiding the software companies of tomorrow

    January 29, 2018 Helen Kontozopoulos may not be an artificial intelligence researcher, but she knows more than most about the technology – not to mention what it takes to put it to practical use. That’s among the reasons the co-director of the University of Toronto’s Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL) was recently tapped ... Read more