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Golden-i® “Hands-Free” and “Voice-Activated” Computing Headset Wins 2011 TSIA Product Innovation of the Year

11/03/2011

TAUNTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kopin Corporation (Nasdaq: KOPN), today announced Golden-i® wireless computing headset is the recipient of the 2011 Recognized Product Innovator of the Year Award from the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA). Calling it “a breakthrough”, Kopin’s Golden-i headset was selected by an industry panel made up of executives from Cisco, Tektronix, Siemens, Amdocs, Aprimo, Callidus Software, Mitek Systems, Perceptive Software, The Via Group and Bill Rose, Inc. Compared to the latest technological advances in healthcare, communications, and computing, Golden-i has been singled out for its innovation and applicability. The prestigious award was announced on October 26, 2011 in Las Vegas at the TSIA 2011 Technology Services World (TSW) before 1,000 global technology service executives representing more than 250 companies.

Firefighter using Golden-i with integrated video camera. (Photo: Business Wire)

Firefighter using Golden-i with integrated video camera. (Photo: Business Wire)

Like many who attended the TSIA conference in Las Vegas last week, Kenneth Vaughn, Director, Sorter and Self Maintenance Solutions at Pitney Bowes, Inc was excited by Golden-i’s full potential. “Our field service technicians require one or both hands to perform their jobs. Whether their hands are dirty or they wear gloves, Golden-i delivers hands-free technical documentation, navigation and wireless access to the internet and the cloud wherever and whenever they need it. When field service personnel can immediately contact remote experts for assistance in the field by streaming video, everyone wins.”

“The Recognized Innovator Awards are the only independently judged awards program that recognizes innovation in technology services products and service offerings documented with customer case studies of measurable business value and results,” said John Ragsdale, vice president of technology research for TSIA. “Kopin’s Golden-i was selected as a winner because it’s truly a breakthrough, a game changing mobile computing product for improving the safety, productivity, and efficiency of the global workforce.”

Golden-i provides hands-free remote control and instant access to digital information from multiple sources wherever internet access is available and can display this information on multiple 15-inch virtual screens spatially positioned side-by-side in front of the user. Golden-i users can reference and compare information between the screens with a simple movement of the head or through a voice command.

Golden-i has a camera feature which provides users the ability to send and receive HD streaming video over Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, WiFi and cellular. Streaming video allows Golden-i users to access “Remote Video Expertise” when service technicians are confronted unfamiliar repair situations.

When a panel from the world’s best technology companies describe a products as revolutionary, game changing and market defining, it is quite an honor and we are excited by the enthusiasm the service industry leaders have shown for Golden-i,” said Jeffrey Jacobsen, Kopin Senior Advisor to CEO and Golden-i Program Manager. “Golden-i is the result of Kopin’s innovation and collaboration with Motorola Solutions, Texas Instruments, Microsoft, Nuance Communications, Micron, Stonestreet One and a number of other talented companies. When best-in-class technologies and innovations from the world’s leaders are properly integrated and optimized, anything is possible.”

Golden-i headset development kits are currently available at $2,500 each. Production Golden-i headsets optimized for industrial applications should be available from Motorola Solutions in 2012.

For more Golden-i headset information, photographs and videos, please visit www.mygoldeni.com.

About TSIA

The Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) is the leading association dedicated to advancing the business of technology services. Technology services organizations large and small look to TSIA for world-class benchmarking and research, exceptional peer networking and learning opportunities, and high-profile certification and awards programs. Find TSIA online at www.tsia.com.

About Kopin

Kopin Corporation’s voice-activated, wireless, hands-free Golden-i® mobile computing headsets, ruggedized military imaging systems, ultra-small liquid crystal displays, and hetero-junction bipolar transistors (HBTs) are revolutionizing the way people around the world see, hear and communicate. Kopin has shipped more than 30 million displays and imaging systems 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 headsets, displays and HBT technologies are protected by more than 200 global patents and patents pending. For more information, please visit Kopin’s websites at www.kopin.com and www.mygoldeni.com

Kopin, Golden-i and The NanoSemiconductor Company are trademarks of Kopin Corporation.

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 relating to: Golden-i being a revolutionary, game changing and market defining product; that many who attended the TSIA conference in Las Vegas plan to explore Golden-i’s full potential; and projection that a ruggedized industrial version of Golden-i product should be available from Motorola Solutions in 2012. 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, there may be no market demand for Golden-i, manufacturing, marketing or other issues that may prevent either the adoption or acceptance of Golden-i products; Golden-i contains a significant software component and there may be issues or “bugs” which we can not correct which may prevent or delay the sale of Golden-i; vendors and suppliers, including software vendors, may discontinue products which are necessary for Golden-i to function; Motorola, suppliers and vendors may terminate their involvement in the Golden-i product development which may prevent or delay the sale of Golden-i products; we may be unable to manufacture Golden-i product or have the Golden-i product manufactured for us; if we are able to get the Golden-i manufactured we may not be able to have it manufactured at a cost which allows us to earn a profit; the potential that costs to develop and produce the Golden-i may be significant; manufacturing delays, technical issues, economic conditions or external factors 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the 12 months ended December 25, 2010, 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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