First Fully Wireless Personal Communicator for the Hard of Hearing: New 'Able Talker' Eliminates Cables & Eases Conversation

Winner of CES Innovations Award for Personal Electronics

Jan 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from Able Planet Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- 2007 International CES, Booth#
 Sands/69453 -- Until now, all personal communication devices used by people
 with hearing loss require a wire to connect the handset to a headphone or
 hearing aid, creating an awkward setup with limited range and usability
 that also draws unwelcome attention to the user's disability. The new Able
 Talker(TM) Assistive Listening System from Able Planet Inc. is the first
 completely wireless system of its kind, the first equipped with
 patent-pending technology that enhances speech intelligibility, and the
 first to offer a listening range of 35 feet without obtrusive cables and
 extension cords.
     Designed for use in settings ranging from at-home conversations to
 cars, restaurants, lecture halls and beyond, Able Talker is a palm-sized
 radio frequency transmitter with a low-noise microphone that beams sound
 directly to Able Planet's Clear Harmony(TM) Wireless Headphones or a
 hearing aid without tethering the user to a cord. A small docking station
 included in the package allows the transmitter to be plugged into a TV, MP3
 player, stereo, radio, telephone or other audio device for cable-free sound
 delivery to the hearing instrument without the line-of-sight requirement of
 infrared systems.
     The microphone built into the Able Talker handset filters out
 background noise and reduces reverberation from the sound source, boosting
 users' ability to participate in conversations even in noisy rooms. The
 Clear Harmony Wireless Headphone and soon-to-be-released Able Planet
 hearing aids further enhance speech clarity through a proprietary Able
 Planet technology called Linx Audio(TM) that increases the intensity of
 higher frequency harmonics as well as increasing perceived loudness without
 boosting volume.
     Together, these radio frequency-based components offer better sound
 quality than FM-based assistive listening systems by providing a true
 digital solution delivering 16-bit audio precision.
     The Able Talker transmitter can be attached to a belt with the built-in
 clip, worn around the neck with a lanyard, or placed wirelessly on a table,
 podium or any other sound source at a distance of up 35 feet from the user.
 It transmits in mono mode for speech or stereo mode for entertainment; runs
 on one rechargeable AAA battery that delivers 15 hours of battery life
 between charges; and recharges in the docking station.
     Pricing and Availability
     The Able Talker Assistive Listening System includes the Able Talker
 handset, Clear Harmony Wireless Headphones and docking station/charger. It
 will be available for $699.99 (MSRP) at and
 leading retailers, catalogs and Internet stores late in the first quarter.
 Later this year, Able Planet will release wireless-ready hearing aids as
 well as a DAI boot for third-party behind-the-ear hearing aids, enabling
 the Able Talker to be used with hearing aids as well as headphones.
     About Able Planet Inc.
     Able Planet designs and manufactures innovative audio and communication
 devices for individuals with all levels of hearing. The company's products
 range from headphones and telephones to assistive listening devices
 featuring Able Planet's patent-pending Linx Audio technology, and have won
 numerous honors including 10 International Consumer Electronics Show
 awards. They are marketed through Able Planet, resellers, audiology
 networks, nonprofit foundations and strategic partners. The privately held
 company is headquartered in Denver. For more information, visit .

SOURCE Able Planet Inc.