Toronto’s Whirlscape scores $500,000 in funding from Y Combinator, BDC and others for its Minuum virtual keyboard

Toronto-based Whirlscape, creators of the one-dimensional Minuum virtual keyboard, have announced that they’ve successfully received $500,000 funding from Y Combinator, FundersClub, BDC Venture Capital and others.

You might remember Minuum from their widely popular Indigogo crowdfunding campaign last year. They set out to raise $10,000 but managed to score over $87,000. The company, which now has 10 employees, recently released an app for Android users at a $3.99 price point, but currently on sale for $1.99.

While there is no word on when the app will be expanded beyond Android, the Play Store page states, “The Minuum keyboard for Android touchscreen devices is just the first step toward a ‘type anywhere’ future. Minuum will let you type on wearable devices, from smart watches, to game controllers, to devices that haven’t even been invented yet.”

CEO Will Walmsley in an interview with TechCrunch, said, “We’re working with a number of wearable device partners to try and really demonstrate the potential that Minuum has on their devices. I can’t get much more specific, but definitely there are a couple of smartwatches that we’re working with, and a couple of devices beyond smartwatches, too.”

On their blog, Minuum writes that “Building Minuum from California this winter, we’ve certainly accelerated our development efforts, releasing a range of cool new features and demos.”

Source: Minuum
Via: TechCrunch


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