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'Innovator's' Author to Speak at Vision

Photonics.com
Apr 2005
TAUNTON, Mass., April 19 -- Author Clayton M. Christensen will discuss factors behind the nascent mobile video market as the keynote speaker at Vision 2005, sponsored by Kopin Corp., to be held April 25 at Kopin's manufacturing facility in Westborough, Mass.

Christensen coined the term "disruptive technology" in his award-winning best seller, "The Innovator's Dilemma." He is also author of "The Innovator's Solution" and is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.

Vision 2004 will showcase more than 25 consumer and military products and prototypes incorporating at least one of Kopin's microdisplays, particularly dynamic video on-the-go, which uses its CyberDisplay technology. The keynote speech will be followed by industry analyst predictions, testimonials from Kopin's customers, hands-on product demos and a tour of Kopin's factory.

Christensen said, "If you want a state-of-the-art cinema experience today, you either go to the movies or stay home and play a DVD. You would never have expected the same quality when you're on the go. Companies like Kopin, however, are helping to turn these consumer expectations around, providing an HDTV experience or better from a device the size of a postage stamp. The products available today are just the first whispers of the emerging mobile video revolution."

Kopin's president and CEO John C.C. Fan said Kopin exemplifies Christensen's theory of how new companies can enter established markets using disruptive technologies. "Kopin entered the microdisplay market in 1999 with a disruptive technology to replace cathode ray tube displays that Japanese companies manufactured for camcorders," he said. "In a few short years, Kopin acquired 40 percent of the camcorder market and has since ascended the food chain with a wide range of displays providing increasingly higher resolution. In microdisplays, Kopin has followed a path parallel to the one it embarked on in 1996 when it entered the market with a revolutionary vertical HBT transistor, which has found its way into more than one billion cell phones. The next step is the mobile video revolution, enabled by high-speed wireless networks, expanding content storage and more major gains in microdisplay technology."

Kopin said visitors to Vision 2005 will experience theater-quality video in a variety of mobile devices that "promise to reshape the 21st-century sensory experience," including personal video eyewear, weapon sights, high-end cameras, helmets and pocket-sized phone accessories from JVC, Konica Minolta, Mitsubishi, Nokia, Philips, Samsung and Sharp and video eyewear suppliers such as Accupix, Icuiti, MicroOptical and Oriscape. Kopin will discuss rapidly expanding opportunities in mobile video for revolutionary communication, gaming, entertainment, military, security and photography experiences.

For more information, visit: www.kopin.com



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