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Executive, Software Developer
Lables That Talk
Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
Machine Vision, Image Processing, C, C++, Embedded Software, Consumer Electronics, Bar Codes, Audio Codec
Software Language Proficiencies / Interests:
C, C++
About Me:
I am the President and Founder of Labels That Talk. We print audio on paper as a very high density 2 dimensional bar code. I am always on the lookout for local people with image processing, machine vision, DSP, audio codec and related skills. We are an early stage company, still in product development. We are based in Kailua, Oahu.

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FormDs Entrepreneurial State Rankings October 2009 - October 2010

Form D filings per state. If you don't know what a form D is then you've never raised money.

Hawaii doesn't even make it onto the map.

More details here.…


Posted on December 11, 2010 at 8:46pm — 6 Comments

Goodwin Procter Launches Founder's Workbench

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Founder's Workbench

BOSTON, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Goodwin Procter LLP, a national Am Law 50 law firm, today launched Founder's Workbench, a free, online resource that helps entrepreneurs navigate many of the legal and organizational challenges commonly faced by start-ups and emerging companies. The site, which includes self-service tools for generating basic company legal… Continue

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

Vote for Hawaii to receive 50,000 new books for children in need

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You can fill in optional fields, or just hit submit. Winning state gets 50,000 new books for children in need. Hawaii is currently in third place, so we have a fighting chance. You can vote once a day - multiple votes are encouraged. The site appears to be legitimate with other opportunities to help as well.

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Posted on September 14, 2009 at 7:24pm — 4 Comments

Further evidence that the state of Hawaii is not business friendly

Outdoor Circle Wants Wienermobile Banned

Group Says Vehicle Violates Billboard Law

HONOLULU -- The Outdoor Circle wants the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile's trip to the islands to be its last, saying it violates the state's billboard law.

Add A Comment | Images: Wienermobile On Oahu

The 27-foot fiberglass vehicle shaped like a hotdog on wheels just wrapped up a three-week tour on Oahu.

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Posted on July 23, 2009 at 9:42pm

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At 1:55am on February 18, 2014, Stephen McMahon said…

Hi Ken.  Thanks for the add.  I attended a Manoa Geeks event back in 2008 (I think) at HMSA where you did a presentation of Labels That Talk.  I recall one of the potential usages that I found most intriguing was the idea of audio encoded in the protective glass over artwork that could be read by one of your devices, but invisible to the human eye.

Since then, I've become heavily involved in implementing a system for tracking assets all over the world via bar code labels and RFID tags.  

I'll be moving back to O'ahu this Summer.  I hope to connect with you again at some point and trade stories and maybe gain some more inspiration :)

At 1:41pm on May 13, 2013, Daniel Leuck said…

Hi Ken - We didn't delete your account. We would never remove TechHui's most prolific trouble maker :-) If you require any help with it give me a call.

At 9:20am on May 13, 2013, Greg Batalucco said…

Hi Ken, thanks for the welcome. Not over in Hawaii yet, but possibly in the future. I will send David an email and get in touch with him, thanks for letting him know about me.

Small community over on the islands, but something I like as well. Talk to you soon and thanks again.


At 12:52pm on December 3, 2009, David Neely said…
Fascinating technology last night. Thanks for sharing.
At 8:41pm on October 1, 2009, Robert Coulson said…
Hi Ken,

A little late, but I was able to post the E-waste collection event for this Sunday's
Youth Day at the State Capitol. I posted it in the events section of Thanks again for the introduction to techhui, excellent site!
At 6:25pm on August 10, 2009, Roger Garrett said…
"The Menace of the Micro World : Another look at the world of artificial intelligence", Interface Age, March 1977, by Ken Burkun.
Yup, I found it. I had an article in the same issue, called "The Cube". In fact, I think it may have been my first article, before I became the Northeast Regional editor and had the "The Inventor's Sketchpad" column each month.

I don't have a scanner, but if I can find one I'll scan the whole article and send it to you. Otherwise, I'll bring the issue along to some TechHui meeting so you can reminisce about those days of long ago. :)
At 9:04pm on August 9, 2009, Roger Garrett said…
Hey Ken,

I actually have a lot of the Interface Age issues. I'll have to look through and see if I have that article.

- Roger
At 7:33pm on July 26, 2009, Peter Kay said…
Thanks Ken, much appreciated!
At 8:21pm on July 3, 2008, Ken Berkun said…
Yes, a menu might be a dandy application, especially for the blind. Of course you'd have to record it in each language as we don't do translation (but conceivably could as the technology improves).

Currently high end smart phones have chips powerful enough to do the encoding/decoding, but this technology will move down the chain so that more and more phones will have the capability. But we don't expect to be in cell phones for a few years. We have other nuts to crack first.

We have already signed a letter of understanding with our first licensing customer and are working towards a definitive agreement - so far so good! (Sorry, not free to name names yet.)
At 9:57am on July 2, 2008, Dave Takaki said…
So someone could scan a menu with bar codes and hear the listing in his/her language? And one can rely on the dsp chip sets in a phone to record for a barcode?

Do you have licensing plans in place?

Dave Takaki at SDC Hawaii LLC,


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