Hong Kong Science Park Honouring Ximplar’s Accomplishments

Today the Hong Kong Science Park honoured Ximplar’s accomplishments by featuring Ximplar’s AIA award in the launching of the Hong Kong Science Park Award Showcase. We are humbled by this acknowledgment and we will continue to contribution to the technology entrepreneurial scene in Hong Kong and the...
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The Wall Street Journal: Targeting Local Needs to Find Global Solutions

Adam Smith, the head judge of this year’s Asian Innovation Awards, shares his thoughts on this year’s winners.  He is Google’s the Director of Product Management APAC  who overseas YouTube across the Asia-Pacific region. ACEHearing was the winner of the Bronze Award as well as the Audience Choice Award. [Excerpt from article] … the innovation of the Bronze winners comes not just from solving big problems, but from attempting to make those solutions ubiquitous. Ximplar and the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s ACEHearing tackle an issue that affects 10%-20% of the global population—hearing loss. This inventive piece of firmware embedded in smartphones gives a phone’s owner a quick hearing test, then optimizes the phone’s audio frequencies based on the results. We’re not too far from the day where in some parts of the world smartphones will be within easier reach than health professionals [link to...
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The Wall Street Journal: Growth Spurs Asian Entrepreneurship

The Wall Street Journal covers the 2o11 Asian Innovation Awards results.  ACEHearing was the winner of the Bronze Award as well as the Audience Choice Award. [Except from the article] This year’s Bronze-prize winner, developed by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ximplar Ltd., turns everyday consumer electronics into hearing-enhancement devices. ACEHearing, which stands for Automated Customized Enhanced Hearing, will be applied first to smartphones, either as a downloadable app or as pre-installed firmware, said Andrew Van Hasselt, one of the principal developers and chair of the ear, nose and throat department at CUHK. “Most people just try to make do and compensate for hearing loss,” Paul Lee, a director at Ximplar, said. “What they’re not aware of is they will eventually lose economic opportunities and self-confidence.” Messrs. Van Hasselt and Lee said consumers can expect to use the technology in early 2012. They see ACEHearing being incorporated into tablets, desktop and laptop PCs and MP3 players, so that users’ hearing profiles could roam with them wherever they go. [link to...
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Press Release: Ximplar wins Bronze Award and Audience Choice Award

To News Editors For Immediate Release 3 November 2011 World’s First Hearing Technology to Integrate Hearing Test and Custom Sound Enhancement ACEHearing™Wins Bronze Awardand Audience Choice Award at The Wall Street JournalAsian Innovation Awards [Hong Kong – 3 November, 2011] The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Ximplar Limited (Ximplar), a Hong Kong-based software firm, announced that ACEHearing™, the world’s first hearing technology to integrate hearing test and custom sound enhancement into everyday electronics, won the Bronze Awardand Audience Choice Award at this year’s The Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Awards presented in Hong Kong today. Developed by a team of ear doctors, audiologists, sound and software engineers, ACEHearing allows a user to self-administer a clinically-proven hearing test on an everyday electronic device, and within seconds, automatically calibrates that device to enhance sound output based on the user’s specific hearing deficiency. The result is a customized and optimal hearing experience for a wide spectrum of people,from those with more severe hearing loss to those with mild deficiency who can get by without a hearing aid. “About 38% of the world’s population suffers from some degree of hearing loss, but less than 10% of them actually seek professional help,” said Professor Andrew van Hasselt, lead-inventor of ACEHearing and chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at CUHK. “ACEHearing helps this wide and underserved population improve both productivity and quality of life by putting an affordable and high quality hearing solution into their hands.” ACEHearing goes far beyond just amplifying sounds and making everything louder, which is not only annoying and uncomfortable, but can further damage one’s hearing. By integrating the hearing test with sound enhancement, ACEHearing adjusts audio output by filling in and amplifying only the missing frequencies based on the user’s hearing test result. In clinical trials, test subjects have shown significant preference for ACEHearing-enhanced speech and music through a smartphone, and also experienced significant improvement in speech recognition in noise without having to increase volume. “ACEHearing’s first application will be on smartphones, but the possibilities are endless. We see a future with ACEHearing pervasive in all devices that produce and relay sound: tablets, computers, MP3 players and even network switches and servers,” said Paul Lee, co-inventor of ACEHearing and executive director of Ximplar. “We are in active discussions with potential partners to make ACEHearing commercially available soon.” “ACEHearing is a whole new class of...
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TVB: 把握優勢拓商機

  The Hong Kong Trade Development Council interviewed Paul Lee on how Ximplar uses Intellectual Properties to drive the revenue and reach of its products. The brief special was aired on TVB on November 1st. [link to...
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