Icuiti Corporation

March 24, 2005 09:30 ET

Symbionics and Icuiti Team to Deliver Next Generation Wearable Computer Systems for the United States Marine Corps.; Cost-Effective, Modular Units Will Improve Accuracy of Unmanned Vehicles



MARCH 24, 2005 - 09:30 ET

Symbionics and Icuiti Team to Deliver Next Generation
Wearable Computer Systems for the United States Marine
Corps.; Cost-Effective, Modular Units Will Improve
Accuracy of Unmanned Vehicles

CHANTILLY, Va. & ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 24, 2005) -

Symbionics Inc., and Icuiti Corporation announced today that the United
States Marine Corps has awarded the two companies a contract to develop
and deliver Modular Wearable Computers (MOWC) for use with the Corps'
Unmanned Vehicle programs. The first phase of the MOWC is on track to be
delivered in five months after integration, customization, and testing.
The rugged MOWC will weigh less than five pounds, have an integrated
SVGA rugged Head Mounted Display (HMD) using Icuiti's patented Quantum
Optics™ technology, and will provide the user with hands free access
to data and video from a variety of Unmanned Vehicle sources.

As the prime contractor, Symbionics will supply its
commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) computer equipment. Icuiti will
integrate its advanced technology HMD to form a ruggedized MOWC.
Destined to become a life-saving and indispensable tool for the
warfighter, the MOWC will interface directly with military unmanned
vehicles and ground sensors enabling it to locate threats, such as an
enemy over a hill or an improvised explosive devise, before the threat
can take lives.

"Symbionics is honored to have won this quick response contract to
create a modular computer system in support of the USMC," said Chris
Ortlieb, President of Symbionics Inc "We are equally pleased to join
with Icuiti to support the warfighter today. Our goal is to supply the
Marines with a product that is both cost-effective, modular, legacy
compatible as well as state-of-the-art. To that end, we've chosen a
design based on our proven ATACC (Advanced TActical Combat Computer)
body worn computer that provides expandability to the warfighter of
today as well as for the warfighter of tomorrow. We have specifically
chosen the Icuiti HMD - the most robust display on the market today - to
be part of the MOWC. We will work together to create body worn systems
that set the bar for the future and guarantees the safety of our
fighting forces."

"Icuiti is privileged to have the opportunity to work with the
Symbionics and the Marine Corps on this program", said Stephen Glaser,
VP of Sales at Icuiti. "The sharp rise in the number of Unmanned
Vehicles in use around the world has created a need for advanced, low
power, body worn systems. We predict our joint efforts will result in
one of the most advanced body worn computer systems ever built. Based on
our Quantum Optics technology, our HMD is the lightest, highest
resolution and most cost effective system in use by the military today".

Mr. Ortlieb noted that the two companies were so encouraged by the
contract with the Marines, that they were forming a partnership to
develop body worn computer systems for other branches of the Department
of Defense.

About Symbionics

Symbionics, Inc is a leader in technology solutions dedicated to design,
implementation and integration of custom hardware and software.
Symbionics specializes in the development of innovative technology with
a wide range of specialties from medical applications to Military rugged
computer systems. Symbionics staff represents over 60 years of combined
experience, successfully partnering with industry and government to
provide solutions to the challenges of technology. Symbionics currently
provides products and services to the DoD, the National Guard Bureau,
HHS and other government agencies. A privately held small business,
Symbionics is headquartered in Chantilly, VA. For further information,
please see

About Icuiti

Icuiti Corporation is a leading provider of near eye display solutions
for Personal Viewing. Icuiti has been designing and producing micro
display based products since 1997 and has shipped thousands of units to
customers all over the world. These products include mobile viewing
devices, wearable computer displays, Military certified micro display
electronics, rugged Military Head Mounted Displays, and OEM solutions.
Icuiti's products are proudly made in the USA. Icuiti is currently
privately held with offices in Rochester, NY and Tokyo, Japan. Visit us

Icuiti and Quantum Optics are either registered trademarks or trademarks
of Icuiti Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Symbionics and ATAAC are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Symbionics, Inc. in the United States and other countries.


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