4/18/2002 6:35:00 AM
WASHINGTON, Apr 18, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Microvision, Inc. (Nasdaq:MVIS)
today showcased a working demonstration of the Nomad Personal Display System on
the Office of Naval Research’s Afloat Lab, at an invitation only event at the
Washington DC Navy Shipyard.
The Office of Naval Research is showcasing the Nomad system to a variety of
high-level Navy officials and members of Congress during the three-day event.
Microvision is currently under contract with the Navy to support the development
of the Nomad system for possible future use in applications for C4ISR (command,
control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and
The Afloat Lab is a former U.S. Naval Academy Yard Patrol craft used for
training at the academy. Typical Yard Patrol crafts have the same machinery,
electronics and navigation systems as the Navy’s large fleet ships which makes
it an ideal platform for testing new technologies intended for shipboard use.
Microvision is demonstrating two applications for the Nomad system aboard the
Afloat Lab: a see-through, GPS-enabled moving map for navigation and a
maintenance, repair, and overhaul suite for increasing productivity and accuracy
of mobile maintainers.
Rob Sainsbury, Microvision director of government business development
commented, “The Navy is actively pursuing the development and sponsorship of
innovative communication tools. Showcasing the work that they sponsor to
influential government staffers and members of Congress is an important
validation for our technology. The Navy’s sponsorship of our technology supports
an important `dual use’. First, our unique displays can enhance situational
awareness to give US and allied troops the edge they need to fight and survive
in conflicts of the future, and second we will bring this technology into
multiple commercial applications, thus demonstrating the significant
extendibility of government funding.”
As part of an on-going series of product demonstrations, during the week of May
22 – 29, Microvision will also be demonstrating the Nomad System aboard the
Afloat Lab in New York City for Fleet Week. During this week the Navy will host
a variety of public and private sessions to showcase the various emerging
technologies being displayed aboard the ship.
Based on Microvision’s patented light scanning technology, the recently
introduced Nomad Personal Display System is a high-resolution head-worn display
that presents images and information to the user on a see-through virtual
17-inch display. This unique personal display enables hands-free access to
information such as diagrams, instrumentation, maintenance records, moving maps
and interactive training manuals, superimposing the information on the user’s
view and creating “augmented vision.” The Nomad System features full
daylight-readability, allowing users to view high contrast images in even the
most challenging ambient lighting conditions. High quality, Super VGA resolution
makes the Nomad System immediately compatible with a broad range of existing
applications and content.
From flight paths to factory floors, surgical suites, and more, the Nomad System
can deliver major improvements in productivity, quality and safety for virtually
any type of manual task. The company is targeting applications for workers in
four vertical markets– industrial, aerospace, medical, and military– that
enable customers to keep information in front of people engaged in manual tasks
or on the move, allowing access to information at the point of task and
About Microvision: www.mvis.com
Headquartered in Bothell, Wash., Microvision Inc. is the developer of the
patented retinal scanning display technology and a world leader in micro
miniature optical scanning technology for display and imaging applications. The
company’s technology has applications in a broad range of military, medical,
industrial, professional and consumer information products.
About Office of Naval Research: http://www.onr.navy.mil
The Office of Naval Research pursues an integrated science and technology
program from basic research through manufacturing technologies. Research areas
include oceanography; advanced materials; sensors; electronics; surveillance;
mine countermeasures; weapons; and surface ship, submarine and aircraft
Forward Looking Statement
The information set forth in this release includes “forward-looking statements”
within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. Certain
factors that realistically could cause results to differ materially from those
projected in the company’s forward-looking statements are set forth in the
company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Matt Nichols (media), 425/415-6657
Brian Heagler (investors), 425/415-6794
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