This TTC security software made in Toronto is blowing up on TikTok
A security tool that will make it easier to drive contactless with the TTC is currently being blown up in TikTok and 3D printed locally here in Toronto.
The KoalaGrip is a deceptively simple tool, a handheld device that grips TTC rods with somewhat koala-like “claws” so you don’t have to touch the dirty, germinated surface.
Their TikTok page only has some very simple videos that are almost all the same, but their most popular one has over 10.5 million views and is counting. The video shows a close-up of how the tool works with the basic text “Stay connected”.
“KoalaGrip is a family idea that has been born since we were stuck in cities and reliant on public transport. One of our founders is a key contributor, so we started working on a solution early on. We use a local 3D Printers in the GTA and moving towards recycled plastics to further minimize our footprint, “the founders of KoalaGrip told blogTO.
“We are trying to smooth our production process to bring the price down to a point that is accessible to all. Since our Tiktok went viral, our orders have increased! We appreciate the support we have received so far and hope to to make an impact. ” in the return to normal. “
The tool costs $ 27.99 and can be purchased online. The KoalaGrip website promises that the tool is designed for all sizes of TTC rods and hands and should be tough and safe enough for bumpy rides.
Of over 4,700 comments on their popular TikTok video, many find that this could be useful in solving accessibility issues. “Even before COVID, I didn’t want to touch the rails on the subway or train,” wrote one person. “Genius, simply because these things are the worst,” commented another.
“Whoever invented this becomes a millionaire,” commented someone else. With sales increasing thanks to social media, we just have to wait and see if a blue claw explosion takes over the TTC.