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Xybernaut Wearable Computer

New Wearable Computer Wins "Editor's Choice" Award at Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

January 14, 2002 (Znews.com / Newstream) -- Xybernaut Corporation's wearable computer, called Poma, won the Editor's Choice Award from Popular Mechanics magazine at the 2002 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Editor's Choice Awards are given each year by Popular Mechanics magazine to identify the best new products and services developed for consumer electronic users. According to the publication's editorial team, "The ultimate goal is to seek out the most brilliant new products that will set the standards for their market categories.quot;

"With a monitor mounted on eyeglass frames, a handheld mouse and a CPU worn on the belt, Xybernaut takes mobile computing -- and viewing privacy -- to new levels," wrote the Popular Mechanic reviewers.

"Xybernaut considers it a tremendous honor to have the Poma wearable computer as a 2002 Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice Award winner at CES," commented Edward G. Newman, chairman, president and CEO of Xybernaut. "Xybernaut strives to bring wearable computing to enterprise and consumer customers at all levels by working with industry leaders to integrate commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and applications with open computing standards for communication, computing and networking. We are pleased to be recognized for success in this effort."

Xybernaut announced the product at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, with a suggested retail price of $1,499 -- pricing which includes the computing unit and a lightweight head mounted display (HMD).

Poma features include: Hitachi's SuperH 32-Bit 128 MHz RISC processor with companion coprocessor powers the 10.9-ounce/310 gram device, which utilizes the Microsoft's Windows® CE operating system (OS). The poma incorporates a Compact FlashTM slot, USB port, 32 MB of RAM, 32 MB of ROM, a custom optical mouse and a removable internal rechargeable battery. The poma also provides users with support for instant on/off Internet access and a head mounted display that provides a private viewing experience equivalent in quality to a desktop monitor.

The Poma is designed to appeal to a broad customer base. Target markets include entertainment (music, video and games), online activities, transaction-based computing, field force automation, distance learning, personal productivity, personal communication, electronic commerce and many others across a variety of industry sectors and individual user demographics. For more information, visit the Xybernaut website: www.xybernaut.com.

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