Kopin’s Whisper Voice Chip Is CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree


Award Marks Display Company’s Market Extension to Voice for Wearables

A new voice technology from Kopin
(Nasdaq: KOPN) – a chip that can double the accuracy of
automatic speech recognition in noisy environments and that dramatically
improves far-field voice quality in smartphones and wearables – was
named a CES
2017® Innovation Awards Honoree
in the Embedded
Technologies category by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

When designed into mobile electronics, the new Kopin Whisper
Voice Chip provides users superior speech recognition and voice quality
– especially in noisy environments such as a shopping mall, a city
street or a busy restaurant. As consumers increasingly choose voice as
their preferred interface to electronic devices, OEMS and integrators
will need technologies such as Whisper that improve voice performance.

More Wearables Tech from Kopin

For Kopin, a long-time developer of display technologies and products
for wearables, Whisper represents a market expansion into voice and
speech: It was one of three Kopin products awarded the CTA’s Honoree
status last week. The others were Kopin’s Solos
smart sunglasses for athletes, and its Black Pupil tiny
liquid crystal display (LCD) module for smart glasses such as Solos and
other brands.

“The CTA’s recognition of Whisper is a bellwether that customers will be
as interested in Kopin voice technologies as they are in Kopin display
technologies,” said Kopin President and CEO Dr. John C.C. Fan. “Other
speech-recognition solutions deteriorate in most real-world
environments, but not our Whisper Voice Chip. It’s the game-changer that
OEMs and integrators – as well as consumers – have eagerly awaited.”

No Hands Needed

The 4x4mm, low-power, digital Whisper Voice Chip enables wearable
electronics to perform accurate speech recognition and to provide more
natural voice quality. What’s more, it provides a true hands-free,
noise-cancelled speech-recognition interface that works nearly
everywhere – regardless of environmental noise – addressing the key
pain-point about which consumers complain today.

The key to Whisper’s extreme accuracy is Kopin’s Voice Extraction
Filter. The filter uses artificial intelligence to model an acoustic
environment and single out the voice signal from all other noise.

Feeding Whisper’s exceedingly clean linear voice signal into a speech
engine results in significant improvements in speech-recognition rates
and a more natural-sounding voice to the far-end listener. (In tests,
Whisper maintained an accuracy rate of 93 percent in a 95 dB noise
environment, compared to competitive products, which maintained an
accuracy rate of just 40 percent or less.)

Whisper accepts up to four standard digital microphone inputs and
includes an on-board digital speaker driver to replace the codec. The
device works with any operating system, any processor platform and any
speech engine.

Hear Whisper at CES 2017

Kopin invites senior executives from wearables and smartphone companies
to private demonstrations at Kopin’s CES 2017 suite at The Palazzo,
located at 3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd., between the Wynn and Venetian
hotels. To schedule an appointment, contact: Paul Baker, vice president
of business development, at pbaker@kopin.com
or (508) 870-5959.

Whisper Voice Chip, Solos smart sunglasses and Black Pupil LCD display
module will be among the Kopin products displayed on the CES show floor
in Booth #26035, at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall.
Additional information about Kopin at CES is available at events@kopin.com.

About the CES 2017 Innovation Awards

Whisper, Solos, Black Pupil and the other CES 2017 Innovation Awards
Honorees were judged by a panel of independent industrial designers,
independent engineers and members of the trade media to award
outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics
products across 28 product categories. The prestigious CES Innovation
Awards are sponsored by the CTA, the producer of CES, the annual global
gathering place for the business of consumer technologies, to be held
Jan. 5-8.

About Kopin

Kopin Corporation is a leading developer of innovative wearable
computing technologies and solutions. Kopin’s technology portfolio
includes ultra-small displays, optics, speech enhancement technology,
software, low-power ASICs, and ergonomically designed smart headset
concept systems. Kopin’s proprietary components and technology are
protected by more than 300 global patents and patents pending, with more
than 95% related to wearable technologies. For more information, please
visit Kopin’s website at www.kopin.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release may be considered “forward-looking”
statements under the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include, without limitation,
statements relating to our expectation that Whisper represents an
expansion into voice and thatWhisper Voice Chip is a “game changer.
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 following: there may not be demand for our
Whisper Voice Chip products; our Whisper technology may not perform as
we expect; there may be issues that prevent the adoption or our Whisper
technology, Black Pupil LCD modules, Voice Extraction

Filter and Solos products; manufacturing, marketing or other issues may
prevent either the adoption or acceptance of our products; the Company
might be adversely affected by competitive products and pricing; new
product initiatives and other research and development efforts may be
unsuccessful; manufacturing delays, technical issues, economic
conditions or external factors may prevent the Company from achieving
its goals; we could be delayed in shipping some of our products; 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 26, 2015, and the Company’s subsequent
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not
place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are based
only on information currently available to the Company and only as of
the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to
update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or
circumstances occurring after the date of this release.

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