Able Planet Gives E3 A Sneak Peek at Linx® Fusion The Multisensory Technology Driving the Next Generation of Audio and Communication Devices

Able Planet fuses its award-winning proprietary technologies with Bayer MaterialScience‘s ViviTouch® EAP to create LINX® FUSION, a multisensory technology that simultaneously transmits sound through skin, bone and down the ear canal for unsurpassed sound quality, clarity and speech intelligibility.

Los Angeles, CA (June 11, 2013)
Able Planet Incorporated announced today the 2013 release of LINX® FUSION, a portfolio of next generation multisensory headphones that will set new standards of performance for active noise cancellation, stereo, wireless, cellular/telecom, gaming, and DJ headphones. With a MSRP of $399.99, these headphones are expected to release in Q4 to eagerly awaiting retailers who have already committed to substantial year-end launches, worldwide.

Able Planet was founded on state-of-the-art hearing technologies that remove barriers to active lifestyles for people with varying levels of hearing abilities. New inventions and the migration of technologies from unrelated industries expanded the company’s scope beyond hearing loss devices to include proprietary technologies for consumer audio and communications products that create The Live Sound Experience®. With over 40 of the world’s most prestigious industry awards, this award-winning sound quality has become preferred by people with normal hearing and is changing the lives of those with hearing loss. The co-development with Bayer MaterialSciences will fuse ViviTouch EAP with Able Planet intellectual property to create Next Generation devices that enhance the listening experience, enable communications in severe noise environments and help people with hearing loss, even the deaf, to hear. The company was founded to create an Able Planet.

“The fusion of intellectual property between Able Planet and Bayer MaterialScience will create a broad portfolio of consumer audio, communications and hearing loss devices by which all other products will be compared.” said Kevin Semcken, CEO Able Planet. “LINX® FUSION technology will only be available from Able Planet that offers a broad portfolio of products distinguished by a history of awards for sound quality, clarity, innovation and design.”
The ideal performance for high-end audio is the accurate reproduction of the Live Sound Experience®. Current audio technologies struggle to replicate this experience, because fuller sounds can mask high tones making speech and music sound muddled. LINX AUDIO®, winner of Best in Category at the International Consumer Electronics Show, provides full rich bass sounds, clear high tones and intelligible speech that enable the listener to Hear the Difference®. ViviTouch’s Electro Active Polymer technology (EAP) enhances the perception of loudness without increasing volume. This technology enhances the bass response without overwhelming high frequency sounds, like the strings of a guitar or voice. ViviTouch EAP employs a motion technology that enables conduction of sound to the auditory system through controlled contact with skin and bone. The technology consists of an extremely thin polymer film upon which electrodes are printed. This film is form-fitted into an audio device that creates wide area surface contact with the skin, or the inside of the ear canal. A proprietary process allows the film to move nimbly when applied with current, resulting in a highly efficient transmission of the audio signal via simultaneous passage through skin and bone conduction that is coherent with sound generated from the device driver. Simultaneously transmitting sound through three distinct and separate audio delivery methods results in unsurpassed sound quality, clarity and speech intelligibility.

“BMS co-developments with Able Planet pair a leader in Audiology and Speech Language Sciences with Bayer MaterialScience, a world leader in proprietary polymer technologies,” said Dirk Schapeler, CEO of Artificial Muscle, Inc. a Bayer MaterialScience Company and maker of the ViviTouch® electroactive polymer technology. “The companies are co-developing a broad portfolio of next generation headphones and in-ear products, including state-of-the-art hearing health devices.”

Initial product launches will focus on active noise cancellation, stereo, wireless, cellular/telecom, gaming, and DJ headphones. In addition, the companies are also fusing EAP technology into in-ear devices and Able Planet’s Hearing Health products. One such product is the award-winning Personal Sound, which was recognized by Melinda Beck of the Wall Street Journal who stated, “The most impressive new PSAP is the Able Planet Personal Sound AMP 2500”. This product received numerous recognitions, including “Best of What’s New 2012” as one of the top 100 innovations by Popular Science Magazine. Fusing technologies with BMS will not only enhance the listening experience, it will preserve hearing for people with normal hearing and connect people with hearing loss to the world of sound.

About Able Planet
Expert in Audiology and Speech Language Sciences, Able Planet was founded on a hearing technology that enables people with profound hearing loss to distinguish hard to hear sounds, many of whom have reported to be able to hear new sounds for the first time in their lives. Over the past 7 years, the company has become a leader in audio and communication devices through the development of products and technologies that not only address hearing impairments, but are also preferred by experts in consumer audio. Today, Able Planet designs and manufactures products that enhance sound quality, clarity and speech intelligibility for all people. And, while the company continues to focus developments on products that connect people with hearing loss to the world of sound, it is equally as motivated by technologies that help preserve hearing for those with normal hearing. All Able Planet products are based on proprietary Hear the Difference® technologies.

About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2011 sales of EUR 10.8 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2011, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,800 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

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