Gense Labs

Wearables, Minority Integration, Social Tech

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Seventy million people in the world use sign language as their first language, with an estimate of up to 30 million in China alone. However, the deaf and mute population lack the means to communicate with non-sign language speakers in daily life, resulting in challenges in integral parts of life such as securing employment and social interactions. 

What if we could develop a device to give them a voice to speak? 

Gense is developing a real-time sign language to voice translator wristbands and smartwatches. By simply putting on two wristbands, users will be able to speak in sign language as normal and communicate with anyone through a wearable speaker. 

How does Gense Labs technology work?

As your hand moves, the inner biological tissues including muscle groups, tenders of your wrist changes with different hand gestures. 

Gense wristbands contain multiple electrodes that contact your skin around the wrist. Through procedural stimulation and a back-projection process, a bio-signal web can be constructed to form a live dynamic bio-image. Gense detects hand gestures through bio-image reconstruction and recognition with machine learning algorithms. 

Who are Gense Labs?

The technology is developed by a team of five entrepreneurs with academic backgrounds from Cambridge, Stanford, HKU and HKUST. The team consists of two Ph.Ds in bio-medical engineering specializing in human imaging, an electronics expert with experience working in Huawei, a software engineer in cloud computing and machine learning, and a dedicated entrepreneur.


Team Leader

CHAN Pak Heng Justin (Cambridge)

Team Member

WONG Chung San (HKU)
TAM Yuk Hang (HKUST)
LEUNG Man Chun Wilson (PolyU)
WONG Siu Wai (HKU)


​Faculty Advisor
Dr. HUI Sai Kam (HKU)