Kopin and Scalar Bring World's Smallest Video Eyewear to Mobile Video Market
|"Teleglass" Provides Commuter-Friendly Solution for Watching Video on Cell Phones and Other Portable Devices|
“Incorporating the unique features of Kopin's CyberDisplay - tiny display size, high pixel density and ultra-low power consumption - enabled us to design a commercial winner that has already generated considerable consumer interest.”
Kopin(R) Corp. (Nasdaq: KOPN), the largest U.S. manufacturer of microdisplays for mobile consumer electronics, announced today that Scalar Corporation has integrated Kopin's CyberDisplay(R) 180K color-filter microdisplay into Scalar's Teleglass, the world's smallest video eyewear for video-on-the-go applications. Scalar, a Tokyo-based manufacturer of optoelectronic equipment, also announced that Teleglass is commercially available on the company's Web site at www.scalar.co.jp/teleglass/index.html.
Connected to a mobile phone, portable DVD player or digital camera, Teleglass projects high-resolution video on eyeglasses, creating a virtual 28-inch TV screen as viewed from seven feet away. This system has a switcher for the people to use dominant eye to watch video. The eyewear projects images in either the left or right eye, enabling the wearer to privately watch movies or TV, read text or view pictures without obstructing the other eye.
"Scalar's Teleglass is a big breakthrough in video eyewear," said Masao Yamamoto, Scalar's president. "Incorporating the unique features of Kopin's CyberDisplay - tiny display size, high pixel density and ultra-low power consumption - enabled us to design a commercial winner that has already generated considerable consumer interest."
Described by The Times of London as "the ultimate gadget for anyone bored in a queue or commuting to and from work," Teleglass is an ideal solution for mobile phone and wireless device users who download video and information on the go. "For their small size, the pictures projected into the Teleglass are surprisingly clear and eyes do not have to strain to watch them over an extended period," The Times added. Weighing just five grams and easily attached to ordinary eyeglasses, the diminutive device is also comfortable, stylish and relatively inconspicuous compared to earlier generation video eyewear products.
"Scalar has used a unique approach to solve the key problem hindering mass consumer adoption of video-on-the-go; namely, providing a big-screen video experience for small screen devices in a discrete, fashionable product," said Dr. John C.C. Fan, CEO Kopin Corporation. "Our CyberDisplay 180K provides a large, crisp full-color image in a very compact size, which is ideal for Teleglass' form factor."
Built with nanotechnology, the CyberDisplay 180K is a 0.24-inch-diagonal color-filter active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) with a resolution of 800-by-225 (180,000) color dots. In addition to displaying standard text and graphics, the display operates at traditional video speeds and consumes less than 15 milliwatts of power. Kopin's power-efficient CyberDisplay 180K is ideal for a range of portable consumer and industrial applications such as video eyewear, digital still cameras and camcorder viewfinders.
About Scalar Corporation
Headquartered in Tokyo, Scalar Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer of digital video microscope and other optoelectronic products used in medical, beauty, industry, education & multimedia applications.
Kopin is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital imaging and telecommunications technologies that enhance the delivery and presentation of video, voice and data. The company has combined advanced AMLCD and integrated circuit technology to produce its CyberDisplay family of award-winning ultra-small, high-density imaging devices for consumer and defense systems, including camcorders, digital cameras, personal video eyewear and thermal weapons sights. Telecommunication providers are using Kopin's heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) wafers in wireless handsets, Wi-Fi, VoIP and high-speed Internet data transmission. Kopin's HBTs are currently used in nearly one-third of the world's cell phones and the CyberDisplay is the imaging device in nearly 40 percent of the world's camcorders. Kopin's CyberDisplay also is the microdisplay standard for the U.S. military. For more information, please visit Kopin's Web site at www.kopin.com.
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. These include statements relating to the following expectations: Incorporating the unique features of Kopin's CyberDisplay - tiny display size, high pixel density and ultra-low power consumption - enabled us to design a commercial winner that has already generated considerable consumer interest; and Scalar has used a unique approach to solve the key problem hindering mass consumer adoption of video-on-the-go; namely, providing a big-screen video experience for small screen devices in a discrete, fashionable product. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could materially affect future results. Among these risk factors are the acceptance of the form factor of microdisplays by consumers; the impact of competitive products and pricing; availability of third-party components; availability of integrated circuit fabrication facilities; loss of significant customers; acceptance of the Company's products; success of new product and other research and development efforts; and other risk factors and cautionary statements listed in the Company's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These include, but are not limited to, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2004 and Form 10-Q for the period ending March 26, 2005.
CyberDisplay is a registered trademark and The NanoSemiconductor Company is a trademark of Kopin Corporation.
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