We are collaborating with a company called Komodo OpenLab to do a pre-market evaluation of their device called the Tecla-e. Tecla-e is a cloud-connected assistive device that provides users with control of their smart-devices and environment. It can control up to 8 Bluetooth-compatible devices or Internet-enabled appliances.


Melanie Penner MD FRCP(C)Tom Chau, PhD, PEng

Participate in this study

Do you or your child use a switch to communicate or interact with your environment? Consider participating in a research study evaluating a wireless interface for environmental and smart-device control.

Who can participate

We are looking for participants who:

  • are between 10 and 25 years old
  • are current or former clients of Holland Bloorview
  • have a motor impairment that prevents them from using standard technology interfaces (e.g. mouse, keyboard, touchscreen)
  • have the ability to intentionally activate an access technology (i.e. a switch) when cued, in a functional and non-fatiguing manner
  • have the ability to use single-switch scanning or the ability to use multiple switches
  • have normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • are proficient in English. 

What's Involved

The first part of the study will involve the research team visiting participants in their homes, once a week for 4 weeks. During these sessions a series of questionnaires will be completed to understand the participant’s environment, individual goals, and needs that the Tecla-e can help meet. The team will also complete an in-home setup of the Tecla-e and associated devices.

The second part the study consists of a 1 hour focus group that participants will be invited to attend to give feedback on their experience with Tecla-e.


April 2020.

Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Fanny Hotzé at or 416-425-6220 x6459.

Funding Agency

This study is funded by the Ontario Centres for Excellence, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Komodo OpenLab, John McGivney Children's Centre, and Bell Mobility.