Perception Digital Delivers Universal Platform for Multimedia Entertainment on iPads, Smartphones, PC/Macs, and TVs

Perception Digital signed an alliance agreement with Monsoon, a leading provider of video convergence products. Under the alliance agreement, PD will join with Monsoon in future development, distribution partnership in USA and exclusive distributorship in other parts of the world for a sleek consumer device, named as “Vulkano”, which allows users to watch their TV channels, videos and photos on when they want it, and whichever screen they want – including Apple's iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones, and Blackberries.

According to the 2010 report from Nielsen, “How People Watch: A Global Nielsen Consumer Report”, mobile video is already used by 11% of global online consumers and penetration is highest in Asia-Pacific and among consumers in their late 20s. Smartphone sales are predicted to account for nearly half of worldwide sales by 2013; and iPads are expanding the definition of mobile video. The mobile media landscape is primed for accelerated growth and the partnership and the launch of this new product put Perception Digital in the center-stage of this growth market.

Vulkano is a sleek consumer device as easy to set up as a video game console. Vulkano is a tightly integrated hardware and software platform that has a powerful video processor and local storage, enables a complete video experience across Android, Blackberry, iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs and the TV at home. Vulkano in addition to replacing multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox and Roku provides significant other benefits and energy savings, giving consumers tremendous value for dollar.

Once the easily set up device is in place, users can watch and control any TV channel through a wired, Wi-Fi or 3G connection from anywhere in the world with their iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, smartphones, Blackberry, Macs, Pcs/Notebook computers.

Users can also watch YouTube and their own collection of video and music on their TV.

By using the included SD memory card, plug-in external storage such as a USB thumb drive or e-SATA hard drive, TV programs can be recorded with the Digital Video Recording feature and then watched on the TV or be downloaded to computers, smartphones and played back when convenient. Through Mobile Video Recording feature, users can schedule a recording on to the
device storage and either on demand or automatically transfer the content to the mobile devices.

It replaces multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox, Roku and provides significant other benefits and energy savings, giving consumers tremendous performance at a low cost.
Suggested retail price of a Vulkano ranges from around HK$2,000 to $2,700 depending on storage capacity.

Dr. Jack Lau, Chairman and CEO of Perception Digital, said, “We are excited about this new product, which extends TV viewing, and multimedia content enjoyment to mobile devices;
iPads/iPhones/smartphones, PC/Macs, iPod Touches and vice versa, viewing YouTube on big screen TV. This technology changes and revolutionize the way we watch live or recorded
television, web video and even own collections of videos, photos and songs, so we can enjoy them anytime, anywhere and on any screen we choose. PD and Monsoon will jointly deliver Vulkano worldwide, and co-develop enhancements and future versions.”

About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India, Russia and Singapore.



Invention Patent Granted to Perception Digital

Perception Digital have been granted an Invention Patent "Method and apparatus of counting step" (CN) 200810142474.4.  

The invention patent signifies Perception Digital's distinct methods in detecting running, walking motions, and filtering out false triggering of accelerometer.



Dr. Jack Lau Awarded Honorary Fellowship By HKUST

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (“HKUST”) has conferred on Dr. Jack Lau,  an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his exemplary academic and entrepreneurial achievements in relation to the University and Hong Kong.

Jack is the first doctoral graduate of HKUST, and established Perception Digital under HKUST’s Entrepreneurship Program. The company has since grown to become a significant enterprise with over 240 staff in Hong Kong and on the Mainland. It is also the largest company in terms of number of employees and revenue to have participated in the HKUST Entrepreneurship Program, and the first to attain listing status in Hong Kong.

In 2009, Dr. Lau launched the “Dr. Jack Lau School of Engineering Scholarship for Mainland High School Students”. The scholarship aims to encourage top Mainland high school students to enroll as undergraduates in either the School of Engineering or the School of Science at HKUST.

In receiving the fellowship, Dr. Lau said, “It is a great source of encouragement to receive this honor from HKUST as it recognizes my dedication to the commercialization of technology over the past 10 plus years. I will continue to strive for personal improvement, aim to elevate Perception Digital to the next level in consumer electronics innovation, and support young talents in their quest for technological innovation here in Hong Kong.”

Along with Jack, the other two receipients of the fellowships are Dr. Li Ning (2nd left in photo),  Chairman and CEO of Li Ning Co. Ltd., and Mr. James E. Thompson (1st left in photo), Chairman of Crown Worldwide Group.



Perception Digital Commences Sales of 4G Equipment (WiMAX)

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The Company has successfully commenced sales of 4G mobile communication products and services, paving the way to capturing opportunities in the lucrative 4G mobile communications market.

Perception Digital has received its first order on WiMAX Voice-over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) telephony equipments to Africa. WiMAX is a telecommunications protocol that provides fixed and fully mobile Internet access through 4G technology, with high network efficiency and at low infrastructure investment cost. As the WiMAX network is expanding rapidly in Africa, Perception Digital is among the first movers deploying WiMAX VoIP phone to penetrate the continent. The deal is expected to help Perception Digital tap the lucrative WiMAX market and expand its market presence on the other side of the world.

Africa has one of the world’s fastest growing economies, but is still at the early stage of Internet infrastructure development. According to the Canadian-based analyst firm Maravedis, only 5.4% of 964 million people currently use the Internet. Given its cost effectiveness, WiMAX network is prevailing in Africa that enables stable wireless connectivity. The huge potential market presents possibly a new growth driver for Perception Digital’s high technology Internet connectivity products.

The Group has also sold 160,000 units of GSM mobile phones in South East Asia. Furthermore, adhering to the Group's unique design supply chain management service business model, the Group provided value-added services to fulfill a 60,000 units GSM product order for a consumer electronics and communication systems company in France. The Group has also started trial shipment of GSM modules to the utility sector for applications, such as automatic meter reading devices, in the PRC.

Dr. Jack Lau, Chairman and CEO, said, “I am pleased that the company has secured orders for mobile communication products and services that can expand our product offerings and extend our market penetration to different parts of the world. This demonstrates our ability to provide high-standard mobile communication technology and value added services that suit market needs. The initial sales of WiMAX equipment in particular, demonstrates our capacity to deliver high speed 4G solutions. We are confident that this will open up new market opportunities for more sales orders of WiMAX solutions.

“With a comprehensive suite of mobile solutions, coupled with unique design supply chain management services that enable customers meet high product standards in mobile communications equipment, we are well positioned to capitalize on opportunities offered by the global mobile communications market.” Dr. Lau concluded.




Patent approved in United States on March 16, 2010

One of our patents filed in August 2006 was approved on March 16, 2010, by The United States Patent and Trademark Office

The inventors are Dr. Jack Lau, Oliver Leung, and Dennis Lai.  The patent relates to a method of automatically selecting multimedia files for transfer between two storage mediums (typically between a media center or PC and a portable media player).  The multimedia files are transferred without user intervention, based on listening / watching statistics and the available storage space.

With this patent, for example, we can design portable players that transfer the most listened music / watched video,
from (or to) your PC, which greatly simplify this tedious task.

Perception Digital have filed 43 patents thus far, and 12 patents in 2009 alone.  We believed in innovation as one of our competitve edges and basis for designing "smart" and fitness consumer electronics devices.  It is not unusual to take several years before a patent is granted, but at Perception Digital, we know the wait is worthwhile.



PD won 2009 Hong Kong Awards For Industries: Technological Achievement Award and Consumer Product Design Certificate of Merit

The Hong Kong Awards for Industries was officially launched in 2005. The Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of Hong Kong enterprises in their move towards higher technology and higher value-added activities.

Winning the Hong Kong Awards for Industries identifies a company as being committed to the pursuit of excellence, and producing quality products and services in which customers can have full confidence.*

Comments from the Judging Panel:

Perception Digital has demonstrated an innovative application of digital signal processing (DSP) on a wide range of products. The company is skilled at integrating various existing technologies and applying them to devices for niche market applications including well-being, fitness, multimedia, digital music and portable entertainment.**

Perception Digital's award winning technologies include:

  1. Live-Lite TM 3-dimension motion analysis and near infrared (NIR) sensing, which facilitate accurate and convenient monitoring of people's daily health. With the technologies, heart rate monitoring can be done via a simple finger touch – anytime, anywhere. User's exercise regimes can be precisely analyzed and recorded, including steps, traveled distance, consumed calories and differentiation between walking and running. Combined with music players, the technologies have been adopted into the company's Live-Lite product series and generated favorable market feedback

  2. Content Acquisition technologies represent Perception Digital's focus on multimedia products and technologies. Based on digital rights management (DRM) techniques, the Content Acquisition technology offers a secure, effective and economical way to deliver media contents to end users. It can be applied in multimedia players, such as MP3/4, PMP, mobile phones, and enables both consumer electronics retailers and content providers to share end customers and boost their respective revenues.

Besides this prestige technological award, Perception Digital's PD6810 (Voice Out Fitness MP3) won the Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Consumer Product Design Certificate of Merit.

Photo: PD Marketing Officer, Marcus Lui receives the Technological Award at the Award Ceremony.

* Quoted from Hong Kong Awards for Industries website.

** Quoted from 2009 Hong Kong Awards For Industries – Technological Achievement Booklet



Perception Digital Presents Commemorative Share Certificate to HKUST

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has been presented with a serial number 001 souvenir share certificate of Perception Digital and a product model of  “Live Lite” – an MP3 player that monitors heart rate and other biometric features, by our Chairman and CEO, Dr Jack Lau.

HKUST President Tony F Chan, who received the share certificate on behalf of HKUST, said, “I am delighted to see the successful listing of Perception Digital, which is closely associated with the University in many ways. I trust the Company will achieve sustained success and inspire generations of HKUST students to be entrepreneurs.”

Dr Jack Lau was HKUST’s very first PhD graduate. Upon graduation, he has been teaching at HKUST as an adjunct faculty member in the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department. He started his company in 1999 together with two other HKUST faculty members. The company has since grown from a tiny operation in a village house to a substantial company employing about 240 staff members in Hong Kong and on the Mainland. It is also the largest company in terms of the number of employees and revenue that participated in the HKUST Entrepreneurship Program, and is the first to attain listing status.

This Entrepreneurship Program was established in 1999 to help members of the University community to start-up technology-based companies. Start-up companies are provided with serviced and furnished space at modest cost, with access to University facilities and resources and to an Advisory Committee which provides assistance with business development.

“Perception Digital would not have grown to the present scale without the continued support of HKUST, to which I am truly indebted. Hence it is my honor to make a humble presentation to the University as a token of appreciation,” said Dr Lau.

Note:     This souvenir share certificate is for souvenir purposes only and cannot be used for trading.



Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen, Chief Secretary for Administration introduced to Perception Digital's award winning product

As the Grand award winner of the HKEIA Innovation and Technology Awards in 2009, Perception Digital was invited by Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC), to feature PD-3030 and Live-Lite TM technologies in the Innovation Product Showcase at the Hong Kong Pavilion during the world's largest consumer technology event, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held from 7 to 10 January in Las Vegas.

The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Henry Tang, officiated at the Hong Kong Reception organized by the HKTDC, toured our showcase and was introduced to Live-LiteTM technologies and products.

Photo: Mr. Kow Ping, Sales VP, Perception Digital, introduced the winning product and technologies to Mr. Henry Tang.



Dr Jack Lau, Chairman and CEO has received Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award and The Excellence in Achievement of World Chinese Youth Entrepreneurs Award


2009 was a fruitful year for our Chairman and CEO, Dr. Jack Lau, who received two prestigious awards, recognition of his entrepreneurship and contribution to the community.



The 2009 Excellence in Achievement of World Chinese Youth Entrepreneurs” award campaign is co-organized by Yazhou Zhoukan and the World Federation of Chinese Entrepreneurs Organization. The award recognizes entrepreneurship and innovation, and outstanding business achievements of young entrepreneurs in Asia.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.Together with Jack, there are 12 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 China award winners, to name just a few:

Mr. Clement Hui Chairman, Dah Chong Hong Holdings Ltd.
Mr. Vincent Lo Chairman, Shui On Group
Mr. Li Shufu Chairman, Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd.

Photo: The trophy and certificate were presented to Dr. Jack Lau by Mr Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Chief Executive of Macau SAR, on October 24, 2009 in Macau.




Perception Digital Shares Commences Trading On The GEM Of The Stock Exchange Of Hong Kong

The Shares of Perception Digital Holdings Limited (“Perception Digital” or “the Company”, stock code: 08248) commenced dealings on the GEM of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong today.

Perception Digital’s Shares were actively traded and recorded positive price movements today.  The Company’s share price reached an intra-day high of HK$1.48 per Share and was closed at HK$1.08 per Share, representing an increase of approximately 106% and 50% as compared to the Initial Offer Price of HK$0.72 per Share respectively.  A total of approximately 404.3 million Shares changed hands on turnover of approximately HK$518.2 million.
Dr. Jack Lau, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Perception Digital, said, “The listing of our Shares today marked the beginning of a new chapter for Perception Digital. We will further strengthen our research and development capabilities and broaden market coverage, which will in turn speed up development of our business. We will strive our business forward and bring the best returns to our shareholders.