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MICROVISION SIGNS DEFENSE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR TO DISTRIBUTE NOMAD PERSONAL DISPLAY SYSTEM.

Omega Systems Will Market Innovative Wearable Display for Homeland Security and Defense Applications

Microvision (Nasdaq:MVIS) has signed a distribution reseller agreement with Omega Systems, Inc. (www.omegasys.net), a full service system integrator to the defense market.

Omega Systems will resell Microvision's Nomad wearable display to customers in the defense marketplace where the Nomad System's ability to display information in a head-up and hands-free mode can provide powerful benefits in a variety of military C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and security applications including some developing concepts for homeland defense.

Among the applications Omega will target, is one that utilizes a broadband satellite communications network to allow individuals located around the world to share and exchange mission-critical information virtually instantaneously.

The combination of distributed information delivery and a wearable head-up display, make for a powerful security or emergency management system. By allowing the operator to view information superimposed over their field of view, the Nomad System enables users to stay focused on the surrounding scene with their hands free. By integrating a miniature camera with the head worn display video images can be transmitted back or viewed simultaneously by others to create a "shared space" effect. According to Gary Petersen, Microvision's director of sales for defense, this kind of two-way video communication is a powerful means of gathering, sharing and enhancing intelligence and can also be used to provide all manner of "remote expert" support.

"Peacekeeping and warfare have become information-driven. Our armed forces must be able to receive, integrate, and rapidly assimilate information from disparate sources," said Peterson. "This system takes intelligence, security and rapid response to a whole new level. Imagine wearing the Nomad in a particular environment and having relevant intelligence information appear in your field of view as you move through that space. It could be images from a remote camera or a sensor, or it could be diagrams or instructions that are being typed in or drawn over the scene by a remote expert -- who is looking at the same scene through a camera integrated with the wearable display -- to provide assistance or support."

Last week, the companies demonstrated the ability of the Nomad System to display wireless data received from a live video teleconference. An individual equipped with the Nomad System and integrated video camera received video information from and transmitted to a central command post. The demonstration shows the Nomad System's power to enable communications between organizations and mobile end-users in all environments, anywhere in the world.

Omega Systems has successfully implemented a number of complex communications and information technology systems for the U.S. Marines and other branches of the defense department. Microvision says that the companies' combined efforts will provide customers with solutions that offer the potential to increase productivity, enhance safety and broaden communications in a variety of military, security and public safety operations.

Based on Microvision's patented light scanning technology, the recently introduced Nomad System is a high-resolution head-worn display that presents images and information to the user on a high brightness, 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. The Nomad Personal Display System has a manufacturer's suggested list price of $12,000.

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 defense -- 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 information, anywhere.
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