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Xybernaut(R) and Microvison(TM) Team to Offer Wearable Computing Systems with Advanced Displays
Posted: 22-Mar-2000 [Source: PRNewswire]

[Wearable computers with see-through virtual display are right around the corner. Is this like a "heads up display" for people?]

Fairfax, Virginia -- "Xybernaut Corporation, the leader in wearable computing solutions, announced today an agreement with Microvision, Inc. (Nasdaq: MVIS - news), the leader in retinal scanning display technology, to market a wearable information system for medical and industrial mobile workers with the world's first fully daylight readable and 'see-through' virtual display. This relationship will set the stage for establishing technical specifications for a new interface for wearable computing displays. Xybernaut's standards will be shared with other display manufacturers.

"Microvision has designed its 'beta' version head-worn display to seemlessly integrate with Xybernaut's specifications for its Mobile Assistant(r) IV (MA IV). The two companies are also collaborating to ensure compatibility of Microvision's headsets to Xybernaut's technical specifications for its future generations of wearable computers. Xybernaut anticipates Microvision's actions will lead the way for other display companies to adopt its technical specifications for wearable computing.

"The companies will collaborate on the development of future wearable information systems, offering advanced visualization and see-through capabilities. Beta units of Microvision's headset on Xybernaut's commercially available wearable PC, the MA IV, are currently being deployed.

"Chris Chinock, president of Insight Media, the publishers of Microdisplay Report, an industry news source on personal display electronics, commented, "The development of a PC-to-headset interface standard by Microvision and Xybernaut is an important step. By offering this interface to industry for review and possible adoption as a standard, their leadership may help resolve this competitive and thorny issue. Developing a standard is in the interests of all parties since it will help open up the wearable computing segment, as well as many other markets where headsets will be used."

"Rick Rutkowski, president and CEO of Microvision, said, ``We are excited to announce this very important relationship with Xybernaut. Our two companies are pioneering new and important forms of access to electronic information. As Microvision approaches our first commercial product launch into the medical, industrial and eventually the consumer segments, Xybernaut's expertise in mobile computing coupled with their market leadership will greatly enhance our own sales and marketing efforts."

"Edward G. Newman, president and CEO of Xybernaut Corporation, added, "Microvision continues to advance the state-of-the-art in wearable display technologies for its impressive and rapidly growing customer base across aerospace, defense, medical and industrial markets, and we fully expect that our combined offerings will enhance our shared leadership positions in the market place."

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