Date
21 July 2018
A Chinese character stroke order app has become hugely popular recently. Photo: China Daily
A Chinese character stroke order app has become hugely popular recently. Photo: China Daily

A Chinese character learning app shows edutech potential

Stroke order of Chinese written language characters has been a headache for many students and their parents. But now a Chinese handwriting mobile app promises to come to the rescue. I recently had an opportunity to meet up with the app’s developers who are looking at the possibility of commercializing their invention.

Launch an app first, see the market response, and then begin seriously to think of a business model once the app becomes popular is a typical way of expansion in the startup world.

Many might doubt if there is any market value to developing a Chinese character learning app, but the download volume foir the new product has proved that demand for such software is huge.

During our meeting, we also discussed the possibility of using artificial intelligence (AI) to help people learn Chinese, which may involve research into how the human brain understands and memorizes a Chinese character.

For example, if AI can help us understand how each character is formed, that would make the learning process much easier.

The concept of life-long learning has begun to be widely accepted by society. Therefore, edutech, or technology that helps with learning, is a market with great potential for people interested in starting a business.

The full article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on April 6

Translation by Julie Zhu

[Chinese version 中文版]

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RC

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation Chairman

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