HKUST Wins Prestigious CES Innovation Awards at CES 2024 in US

HKUST Wins Prestigious CES Innovation Awards at CES 2024 in US

Two start-ups incubated by members of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have been awarded “CES Innovation Awards” at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024 now being staged in the United States. Scoping the highest number of awards among Hong Kong universities, these accolades recognize HKUST's significant contributions to the innovation and technology eco-system, cementing its position as a leading institution in the global tech landscape.

The two winning HKUST start-ups are: AI Guided Limited and Sitan Semiconductor International.

AI Guided Limited, a trailblazer in the field of accessibility and aging tech, was honored in the "Accessibility and Aging Tech" category for its revolutionary product, the "GUIDi™ Smart Belt". The company invented the wearable device harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and MEMS technology to empower visually impaired individuals. With features including dual wide-angle cameras, an edge AI module, sensor integration, haptic navigation, and voice command, the wearable device offers a highly intelligent and independent navigation system for the visually impaired to increase their mobility.

Sitan Semiconductor International, another standout participant from HKUST, received recognition in the "XR Technologies and Accessories" category for its exceptional "0.13-inch micro-LED Display Module". Co-founded by Prof. LIU Zhaojun, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at HKUST, and two other HKUST alumni, Dr. SUN Xiaowei and Dr. QIU Chengfeng, the company’s display module showcases their expertise in integrated circuits and systems. The inherent advantages of the 0.13-inch micro-LED Display Module, including high brightness, long lifetime and high efficiency, demonstrate unparalleled visual quality and provide immersive experiences in extended reality (XR) applications, making it the best choice for display units of AR/XR products.

Dr Shin Cheul KIM, HKUST Associate Vice-President for Research and Development (Knowledge Transfer), said, “We are very proud to witness that two HKUST Start-ups have been honored with CES Innovation Awards. This recognition demonstrates the University’s global leadership in innovation and technology by HKUST Start-up companies. Moving forward, we remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing technological innovation on a global scale and making a profound and lasting impact on society.”

CES 2024, renowned as the world's largest consumer electronics show, is taking place in Las Vegas in the US from January 9 to 12 and attracts top-tier tech companies and institutions from around the globe. As part of the delegation exhibiting at the Hong Kong Tech pavilion, HKUST has the highest number of start-ups showcasing their innovations at the pavilion. Apart from the two award-winning start-ups, the remaining six innovative ventures span various categories, showcasing the diverse capabilities of HKUST's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Among them, Atom Semiconductor Technologies focuses on mixed-signal sensors; D-Engraver leverages blockchain technology and AI for secured transactions; Direct Drive Technology revolutionizes robotic systems; HairCoSys offers AI-based hair and scalp analysis; Raysolve Technology develops full-color microLED microdisplays for AR glasses;  and XOXO Beverages automates cocktail crafting. These start-ups demonstrate HKUST's commitment to driving innovation across industries.

About The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) ( is a world-class research intensive university that focuses on science, technology and business as well as humanities and social science.  HKUST offers an international campus, and a holistic and interdisciplinary pedagogy to nurture well-rounded graduates with global vision, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking.  Over 80% of our research work were rated “Internationally excellent” or “world leading” in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee. We were ranked 3rd in Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings 2022, and our graduates were ranked 23rd worldwide and among the best from universities from Asia in Global Employability University Ranking and Survey 2021.

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