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Kopin Announces Availability of Golden-iTM Developer Kits

02/16/2010
TAUNTON, Mass., Feb 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kopin(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: KOPN), the largest U.S. manufacturer of micro displays for consumer, industrial and military applications, today announced the availability of Golden-iTM headset Software Developer Kits (SDK) for field testing the hands-free headset computing device.

Currently in its third generation, Golden-i is a lightweight (3 to 6 ounce), wireless Bluetooth/WiFi headset with a near-eye, 15-inch virtual PC display. This unique device, whose form-factor design was led by Motorola, provides users for the first time with the ability to wirelessly command and control up to seven independent devices and networks such as cellular phones, PCs and company servers - all by natural speech recognition. Users can access all Internet services while highly mobile, including full-color D-1 (720 x 480p x 30 fps) streaming video over standard Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi and host cellular devices.

"Golden-i offers spontaneous mobile access to virtually any digital information in the world, on-demand," said Jeffrey Jacobsen, Kopin Senior Advisor to CEO and Golden-i Program Manager. "Imagine leaving your laptop at the office and still having full access to all of its information, applications and services while traveling. Golden-i is an enterprise mobility and performance product that will truly change the way people work and live."

With a single spoken command, Golden-i's hands-free mobile computing technology establishes an encrypted Bluetooth, WiFi or cellular link with other remote devices, for example a remote hibernating Microsoft Windows 7 PC. When a wireless link is established, Golden-i users immediately see their PC desktop screen and can use natural speech recognition to access all of the PC's applications, data files and services. When finished, the PC can be placed back in hibernation with just one spoken command.

The Golden-i developer kit comes with a complete, open-access SDK that gives end-users the option of developing their own software to either operate on Golden-i units directly or remotely running on PCs, industrial equipment or other devices. The kit makes it easy to develop highly-intelligent applications that provide the Golden-i wearer with information from, and control of, virtually any "connected" device on the planet. Golden-i currently operates in English, French, German and Spanish natural voice recognition but will soon operate seamlessly in over 20 common languages.

"The global availability of our developer kits is a crucial milestone in bringing this mobile technology to market," said Dr. John C. C. Fan, CEO of Kopin. "We're looking forward to hearing how organizations deploy Golden-i and how this one device improves employee performance and safety in their business."

Kopin has been working with leading technology companies to develop Golden-i: Motorola, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, MuRata Electronics, Nuance Communications, Stonestreet One, Mistral Solutions, Ittiam Software, Aurisound, Adeneo Embedded, Hillcrest Labs, Micron Semiconductor and Ikanos.

"We are working with Kopin to research and identify new business opportunities in wearable computing," said Tom Bianculli, Emerging Business, Chief Technology Office, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions business. "As the leader in the enterprise mobile computing space, Motorola is always looking for opportunities to help our customers gain a competitive advantage and make their mobile workforce more productive."

Motorola is well-known for its best-in-class industrial design expertise and leading patent portfolio in handheld mobile computing. Together Motorola and Kopin are working to research the viability for hands-free mobile communications systems in various outdoor field environments.

"Golden-i truly demonstrates how impactful speech technology can be in a variety of mobile environments, particularly hands-free headset computing. This implementation is among the most innovative we've seen, allowing the mobile workforce to complete a variety of critical tasks from just about anywhere," said Michael Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nuance Mobile.

Nuance's VoCon3200 speech recognition and Vocalizer text-to-speech software were chosen by Kopin for their accuracy, speed and multiple spoken language support. Kopin modified the VoCon3200 speech recognition application, adding an active speaker self-learning algorithm that studies the speaker's unique pronunciation of vowels, consonants and syllables.

Jacobsen concluded, "It's difficult to even comprehend the many capabilities, features and possible uses for Golden-i without experiencing it firsthand." Demonstrations of the device will be held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain (February 15-18, 2010) at the Motorola booth (#8A51) in Hall 8. For more information about Golden-i, visit http://www.kopin.com/golden-i/.

About Kopin

Kopin Corporation produces lightweight, power-efficient, ultra-small liquid crystal displays and heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) that are revolutionizing the way people around the world see, hear and communicate. Kopin has shipped more than 30 million displays for a range of consumer and military applications including digital cameras, personal video eyewear, camcorders, thermal weapon sights and night vision systems. The Company's unique HBTs, which help to enhance battery life, talk time and signal clarity, have been integrated into billions of wireless handsets as well as into WiFi, VoIP and high-speed Internet data transmission systems. Kopin's proprietary display and HBT technologies are protected by more than 200 global patents and patents pending. For more information, please visit Kopin's website at www.kopin.com.

The Golden-i concept is protected by Kopin's patents and patents pending.

Kopin, CyberDisplay, Golden-i and The NanoSemiconductor Company are trademarks of Kopin Corporation. All other company names or product names are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this news release may be considered "forward-looking" statements under the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including without limitation, statements made relatingour expectation that Golden-i isan enterprise mobility and performance product that will truly change the way people work and live; our belief that the global availability of our developer kits is a crucial milestone in bringing this mobile technology to market; Kopin has been working with leading technology companies to develop Golden-i: our expectation that Motorola, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, MuRata Electronics, Nuance Communications, Stonestreet One, Mistral Solutions, Ittiam Software, Aurisound, Adeneo Embedded, Hillcrest Labs, Micron Semiconductor and Ikanos will continue to work with Kopin;and our expectation that Motorola and Kopin are working to research the viability for hands-free mobile communications systems in various outdoor field environments. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the potential that: we may be unable to manufacture Golden-i product; the partners listed above and other partners may discontinue products which are necessary for Golden-i to function, the partners listed above and other partners may terminate their involvement in the Golden-i product development; manufacturing, marketing or other issues that may prevent either the adoption or acceptance of Golden-i products; competitive products and pricing; the risk that new product initiatives and other research and development efforts may not be successful; the potential that costs to develop and produce the Golden-i may be significant; manufacturing delays, technical issues, economic conditions or external factors that may prevent the development of and or sale of Golden-i;and other risk factors and cautionary statements listed in the Company's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 26, 2009 and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the 12 months ended December 27, 2008, and the Company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no responsibility to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report.

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