Thousands of Ontarians need to use technology in order to communicate due to communications disorders caused by stroke, autism spectrum disorders and neurodegenerative disease.
Toronto-based MyVoice Inc. has developed a modern, portable, easy to use smart phone application designed to provide users with the words they need quickly and easily when they need them. The app, used by more than 10,000 people in 30 countries, features lifelike voices and a simple interface, which allows users to communicate more fluidly and to fit in socially.
Developed by University of Toronto student Alex Levy and his team of 14 students, MyVoice is location-aware, has downloadable phrase books and can be customized wirelessly from any web browser.
MyVoice received $55,000 in funding from OCE’s Market Readiness program for their game-changing app and CEO, Alex Levy, was recently awarded OCE’s 2011 Martin Walmsley Fellowship, worth $110,000.
Levy was also named 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year by PROFIT Magazine as part of their 1st annual FuEL Awards for young business leaders and was named one of the 12 People to Watch in 2012 by the Toronto Star.
Recently, MyVoice announced a follow-up to its original app. Called TalkRocket Go, this app is more robust, more wheelchair-friendly, more cost effective, more accessible and is now available in French. Designed for people with disabilities, the new app lets users connect buttons and switches, including those on wheelchairs, to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod to control its speech functions.
“Over the next two years, we plan to accomplish several key commercialization goals and OCE’s Martin Walmsley Fellowship plays a decisive role in supporting the achievement of these activities.” —Alex Levy, CEO, MyVoice Inc.
Return on Innovation
- Created 14 jobs to date
- Projects 15-25 new jobs in the next 3-5 years
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