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  • Robotics beyond the factories: assistive devices help children gain independence

    April 5, 2018 For some entrepreneurs, their innovations are passion projects. But these take time and creative marketing to reach fruition. This is often the case in assistive robotics and wearable technologies for persons with disabilities. Not only are the investment requirements and hardware costs high, insurance coverage for end users is slim to ... Read more
  • Lucky break? U of T startup raises $500,000 to improve hospital-patient communication

    April 5, 2018 The idea behind Zack Fisch’s health-care startup, which recently closed a $500,000 seed round, was planted after he nearly lost a leg following an ultimate Frisbee accident. Though the limb was merely broken, Fisch failed to recognize his too-tight cast had led to compartment syndrome, dangerously decreasing blood flow. “I felt a ... Read more
  • Obtaining funding an age-old problem for young researchers with novel ideas

    April 4, 2018 With the infusion of billions into scientific research in the 2018 budget, the government is promising to support young researchers. But young scientists with novel ideas will likely still face challenges. It’s an age-old problem, as the University of Toronto’s Dr. Warren Lee can attest. A critical care specialist, Lee was ... Read more
  • Torontonians who are shaking up the tech sector

    April 4, 2018 Benjamin Alarie co-founded Blue J Legal, which makes AI tools that run legal simulations to predict court decisions. Interview listed in link: Read more
  • Top prize is $20,000 for winner of accessibility-focused pitch competition at Discovery 2018

    April 3, 2018 Five innovative, Ontario-based companies focused on accessibility and assistive technology will compete in Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) $20,000 Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition. Taking place at Discovery 2018, the pitch competition is part of the Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) at the conference, which runs April 30 and May 1 at Metro ... Read more
  • Top prize is $20,000 for winner of accessibility-focused pitch competition at Discovery 2018

    April 3, 2018 Five innovative, Ontario-based companies focused on accessibility and assistive technology will compete in Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) $20,000 Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition. Taking place at Discovery 2018, the pitch competition is part of the Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) at the conference, which runs April 30 and May 1 at Metro ... Read more
  • Top prize is $20,000 for winner of accessibility-focused pitch competition at Discovery 2018

    April 3, 2018 Five innovative, Ontario-based companies focused on accessibility and assistive technology will compete in Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) $20,000 Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition. Taking place at Discovery 2018, the pitch competition is part of the Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) at the conference, which runs April 30 and May 1 at Metro ... Read more
  • L’Oréal acquires U of T spin-off ModiFace

    April 2, 2018 French beauty conglomerate L’Oréal recently acquired ModiFace, an augmented reality (AR) tech company founded by University of Toronto engineering professor Parham Aarabi. This unprecedented move is said to reflect L’Oréal’s plans to reinvent the consumer’s beauty experience. It is the cosmetic giant’s first tech acquisition in its 109-year history and the ... Read more
  • Interview with U of T’s Derek Newton

    April 2, 2018 https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#/clip/share/34013124?token=07778961-d221-4eb9-8cfd-3062459bf9d2) Read more
  • Reading Between the Lines

    April 1, 2018 How you speak says a lot about you. A hurried voice can show that you are in a rush, while the tone of your voice can reveal emotion and mood. How you speak can also uncover deeper truths: it can provide insight into your mental health. For example, speech can be ... Read more