WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kopin Corporation (Nasdaq: KOPN), a leading developer of innovative wearable computing technologies and solutions, today announced the world’s smallest smart glass display. The PupilTM display module with only 2mm height is part of Kopin’s VistaTM portfolio of technologies featuring Kopin’s ultra-compact Cyberdisplay® LCD and miniature optics that project a high-resolution, high-brightness image comparable in size to a smart phone display. Using Kopin Vista technology, smart eyewear can look like a normal pair of glasses. The 2mm displays will be shown at CES®2016.
“Our Vista display modules have been optimally designed with an integrated optic, display, and backlight in a compact product-ready package, which provides an augmented reality experience with a vivid and bright sunlight-readable image while using minimal power,” said Yoichi Iba, Kopin’s Chief Optics Scientist and inventor of the Pupil optics. “Look in the mirror at your eye and now imagine a display the size of your pupil which provides see-through/see-around viewing without the higher power consumption of other see-through technologies. That is what we achieved when we introduced the 4mm display module last year. With today’s debut of 2mm technology, Kopin has set yet another standard for world’s smallest display module.”
To demonstrate the power of Kopin’s Vista display technology in a smart eyewear design that meets aesthetic and functional requirements, Kopin unveiled its own brand of cycling smart sunglasses -- Solos TM at last September’s Interbike trade show to great reviews. The stylish Solos eyewear incorporates the 4mm version of Kopin’s Pupil display module in front of the lens, providing cyclists head-up display for easy access to performance data.
Kopin also created a very stylish concept eyeglass with a 4mm version of Pupil display module imbedded behind the eyeglass frame and totally invisible from outside. The result: smart eyewear that is as fashionable and familiar looking as it is functional.
“Kopin believes head-worn devices will be the ultimate wearable device because most human senses are around our head,” said Dr. John C.C. Fan, President and CEO of Kopin Corporation. “To be widely accepted by users, these devices should be stylish, lightweight, comfortable, and, most importantly, a familiar look. Our super compact Vista products allow the design of the smart eyewear that meets these requirements. Whether you are protecting the free world, checking your warehouse inventory, monitoring your heart rate while cycling, or just looking up directions to a new restaurant – Kopin technology will allow us all to keep our heads up and take it all in.”
Today’s announcement expands the Vista product portfolio available to OEM customers, which includes PupilTM and PearlTM display modules. The Pupil modules are intended for consumer eyeware products and the Pearl modules are for enterprise headsets. Pupil modules are offered in two resolutions: WQVGA (428 x 240) and nHD (640 x 360). Pearl displays are offered in three resolutions: WQVGA (428 x 240), nHD (640 x 360) and WVGA (854 x 480).
The Vista portfolio of technologies including the 2-mm Pupil module and stylish concept eyewear will be showcased at Kopin’s exclusive VIP reception – Wearables: The Missing Pieces – in Kopin’s suite at the Palazzo during CES. In addition, Solos cycling smart sunglasses will be exhibited at Booth 74334 in the Fitness and Technology Market Place during CES. Additional information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 the 2mm displays will be shown at CES®2016; our belief that head-worn devices will be the ultimate wearable device because most human senses are around our head; and our expectation that our super compact Vista products allow the design of the smart eyewear that meets user requirements. 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: the 2-mm display will not be ready to be shown at CES®2016; head-worn devices may not become the ultimate wearable device that meet user’s expectation; Vista products may not be manufactured at prices acceptable to customers; Kopin, along with its partners, may be unable to develop and deliver the technologies and needed to propel the wearables market forward. it may take longer than the Company estimates to develop products; the Company’s products may not be accepted by the market place; there may be issues that prevent the adoption or further development of the Company’s wearable computing technologies; manufacturing, marketing or other issues may prevent either the adoption or acceptance of 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 27, 2014, 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 report.