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XYBERNAUT(R) WEARABLE PC DEBUTS AT FASHION WEEK


Story Filed: Thursday, March 25, 1999 8:34 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Xybernaut Corporation (Nasdaq: XYBR), the leader in wearable computing, announced today that designer, Stephen Sprouse, had displayed Xybernaut's MA IV at Fashion Week. Premiering the worldwide Fall collections, the New York Fashion Week, was the forum for the display of the MA IV as part of the Stephen Sprouse Fall Winter 1999/2000 collection, held on February 17th for rock stars and the international fashion elite.

Stephen Sprouse is known for infusing high fashion with an aura of street, a techno-urban style with the use of brilliantly bright colors and close to the body silhouettes in futuristic fabrics. He is credited as having the exclusive rights to the entire catalog of Andy Warhol's images for use in men's and women's apparel and footwear, announced in 1996 by Sprouse and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Sprouse has also designed for rock stars such as Axl Rose and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. This season the Stephen Sprouse Collection looked to Mars with prints featuring images from the NASA expedition of Mars accented by the new millennium-styled Xybernaut MA IV body-worn PC, flat panel and head-piece.

After the show, Stephen Sprouse commented, "I had no idea that the computer industry has advanced to the point that people can be wearing computers. This technology is so cool. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to show off the MA IV in coordination with my collection aimed for the year 2000. It added an extra element of excitement to the show and was designed to make the audience think beyond clothes into the new millennium."

John Talamini, Creative Director for Ready-To-Hear Magazine, an interactive music fashion and print magazine that highlights the music used on the catwalks of the world's top designers and profiles cutting edge fashion, said, "For the first time in ten years, the International Fashion Collection opened in New York. We were delighted to have had the opportunity to feature Xybernaut's wearable PC on the cover of our premier issue of Ready to Hear Magazine in November 1998, introducing Xybernaut's cutting edge technology to the fashion design community. Xybernaut was a perfect match with Stephen Sprouse's collection, incorporating photographic images of NASA's 1997 Mars Expedition. The combination of Xybernaut's wearable computers and Sprouse's futuristic designs, gave an inkling of what the future holds."

Ed Newman, President and CEO of Xybernaut Corporation, added, "Showcasing the Mobile Assistant during Stephen Sprouse's show represents the convergence of fashion, art and technology. There was a clear excitement in the air as the models introduced our wearable PCs on Stephen's NASA inspired designs. We look forward to the continued evolution of computers in the mainstream."

The MA IV began shipping to customers in December 1998. It consists of a belt-worn computer, a color VGA head-mounted display suspended in front of either eye with microphone and earphone, an optional wrist-mounted flat panel touch screen color display or keyboard, a battery pack, and integrated voice-recognition software. Xybernaut's current customers include leading Fortune 500 companies and government organizations for many mobile knowledge delivery system applications including maintenance and repair, diagnosis, inspection, inventory control, manufacturing and data collection. With pricing below $5,000, the market for wearable PCs is now attractive to organizations for applications where computers have never been used before.

    About Xybernaut Corporation:

Xybernaut Corporation is the leader in providing hardware, software and service solutions to the wearable computing industry. The Company's patented wearable computer systems feature speech-activation, flat panel and head-mounted displays that allow users hands-free access to information in the computer's internal storage, in local area networks, and on the Internet on an as-needed, where-needed basis. Xybernaut's software is designed to provide users with the right information needed for the task at hand using consistent navigation techniques and screen presentations. Key industries include manufacturing, distribution, transportation, government, and insurance. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, Xybernaut also has offices in Europe (Germany) and Asia (Japan).

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words "plan," "confident that," "believe," "expect," or "intend to," and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act and are subject to the safe harbor created by the Act. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any of the forward- looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, market conditions, the availability of components for, and delays in the start of, production of the next generations of the Mobile Assistant, general acceptance of the Company's products and technologies, competitive factors, the ability to successfully complete additional financings and other risks described in the Company's SEC reports and filings.

Visit Xybernaut's Web Site at http://www.xybernaut.com.

 

 
SOURCE Xybernaut Corporation


03/25/99
CONTACT: Robin Bono, Director of Corporate Communications of Xybernaut Corporation, 703-631-6925, or rbono@xybernaut.com; or Agency - Karen Thomas of Thomas Public Relations, 516-549-7575, or kthomas@thomas-pr.com, or Investor - Ron Stabiner of The Wall Street Group, 212-888-4848, or wallstreetgroup@email.msn.com, both for Xybernaut Corporation
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