Able Talker Personal Communicator
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
LAS VEGAS -- 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 atte ntion 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
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 t he 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; r uns on one rechargeable AAA battery that delivers 15
hours of battery life between charges; and recharges in the docking
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 http://www.ableplanet.com 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 http://www.ableplanet.com .