UCR has transferred the knowledge to the Omar Dengo Foundation and the Titibots enterprise.
The University of Costa Rica marked a milestone at the national level this year; it is about the protection of the Titibots graphical interface before the Registry of Industrial Property.
Titibots is a mobile programming tool created for preschool children, which allows them to create a program and send it to the Tití robot to run it. The graphical interface allows the user to make decisions within the system through a series of menus and icons.
In Central America there is only one graphic interface with design protection in Belize, whose registration process occurred simultaneously with the Costa Rican platform.
For protection of the design, the application was submitted to the Industrial Property Registry, where the enterprise went through a process of different examinations during a year, both in form and in substance, to verify that the legal and regulatory requirements were met.
“Meanwhile Titibots was presented at fairs and the venture was moving forward, and people could see it. Then they got their attention, they saw a business opportunity “, explains Lilliana Rojas, principal manager in charge of Titibots in Proinnova.
The initiative to protect this industrial drawing was born to prevent other ventures from reproducing the design of the platform founded by Kryscia Ramírez and to position themselves in schools and institutions that work with preschool children, since this would limit the growth of Titibots.
That is why currently the only person who has a license to use this design is Ramírez and for the moment the UCR does not contemplate giving permission to use other entities.
This process guarantees the protection of the drawings, the color palette and the entire environment of the computer tool responsible for programming the movement of the physical robot, as well as its representation on the screen of the visual language. Once the protection has been granted to the interface, it has a term of validity for ten years.
“Knowing that my interfaces are the first of this type of protection, in my career and because I am a woman, means a lot. This research and my startup are my passion; I really love helping to improve early childhood education, innovating and contribute a grain of sand, “said Kryscia Ramírez, co-founder of the Titibots tool.
This application was developed in partnership with Proinnova, who was responsible for the protection of technology, as well as probing the public for this product in the Costa Rican market.
For the creator, Kryscia Ramírez, the most difficult part in building this application was to manufacture the interface, since it sought to empathize and communicate with children between four and six years of age, and that they also managed to interact with the robot and other people. half of your tablet.
We worked with UCR educators to help create a more instinctive design, with colors and figures that would attract the attention of the children and at the same time the children could understand the instructions they were giving to the Tití.
In addition, Proinnova hired a designer to renovate Titibots’ existing interface; however, from Rainforest Lab the original structure was generated.
“Whenever there is Titibots there will be that link with the UCR. Kryscia wants to keep that university-company interaction, but they are free to use this interface if they wish to develop another product, “said Rojas.
Currently, this researcher is undertaking under the name Rainforest Lab and you can contact her through Facebook on the page: https://www.facebook.com/rainforestlab/