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The above photo of Chris Shipley, Executive Producer of DEMO Conferences, was taken by Philippe Kahn at DEMOmobile 2000, as LightSurf Technologies revealed its instant wireless digital photography technology. This was the first Instant Wireless ephoto taken in North America, powered by LightSurf Technologies.



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September 7, 2000

Philippe Kahn Demonstrates Instant Wireless Digital Photography, Powered By LightSurf

LightSurf Reveals the First Application of Its Wireless Visual Communications Technology

PASADENA, Calif. – September 7, 2000 – Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of LightSurf Technologies Inc., demonstrated the company’s instant wireless digital photography technology today at the DEMOmobile 2000 conference.

Kahn appeared on stage holding a next generation, ultra-portable wireless phone attached to the world’s smallest digital camera, designed by LightSurf. Kahn then snapped a digital photo and transmitted the image wirelessly to a web site in a matter of seconds. Operating without cables or wires, the tightly integrated camera and phone captured, previewed and sent the image to the Internet.

The demonstration, a first in North America, showcased LightSurf’s complete end-to-end infrastructure solution for instant wireless digital photography. The solution includes photo-enabled mobile devices designed by LightSurf, patent-pending wireless acceleration technology and back-end imaging servers.

LightSurf’s technology can be integrated into an array of wireless mobile devices and wireline products, including cell phones, PDAs, PCs and even automobiles. The company’s back-end image management system consists of a massively scaleable

e-commerce and intelligent storage infrastructure that can receive, store, share and transmit billions of digital images simultaneously.

LightSurf is developing, deploying and managing visual communications solutions for a broad range of customers and applications, including messaging, voice annotation, streaming video and audio, and other forms of media. The company’s technology is compatible with today’s wireless networks and scalable to keep pace with the increases in speed and bandwidth of future wireless communications systems.

Recently, the company formed collaborative partnerships with Kodak (NYSE: EK) and Motorola (NYSE: MOT) to create and deliver wireless digital photography solutions for the mass market. The Kodak Picture Center Online is an example of LightSurf’s back-end imaging infrastructure that is currently in commercial use managing millions of digital images for consumers across the United States.

“LightSurf is creating the technology, infrastructure, and services to drive wireless visual communications into the mainstream,” said Philippe Kahn. “We have proven that today’s networks and wireless infrastructure, coupled with our technology, can rapidly capture and send high-quality images anywhere in the world.”

Market Opportunity

The market for wireless visual communications is expected to grow rapidly, as demand for mobile net access devices and photographic applications on the Internet expand. Photo sharing is already the most requested service on the Internet today, according to studies by AOL/Roper Starch and Morgan Stanley. InfoTrends, a leading market research group, forecasts that at least one billion digital images will be uploaded to online photo communities this year. This number will increase considerably due to the growth in film digitization and the use of digital cameras. On the hardware side, the Yankee Group predicts that 60 million net access cell phones will be in service by 2005.

“LightSurf’s wireless digital photography technology is exciting because it is here now, on today’s networks, not just a promise of things to come,” said Chris Shipley, executive producer of DEMOmobile. “LightSurf is leading the visual communications arena. We expect to see many exciting applications and services in the coming year from LightSurf and their partners, including Motorola and Kodak.”

LightSurf is the third company started by Kahn. He previously founded Starfish Software, a leading supplier of wireless infrastucture and synchronization solutions that was successfully acquired by Motorola in 1998. Kahn retained his position as CEO of Starfish, which is now a thriving independent subsidiary of Motorola. Prior to Starfish, Kahn founded Borland International, a leading provider of world-class software development tools.

Kahn, who was named by Byte Magazine as one of the Top 20 Most Important People in the history of the computer industry, is featured in the October 2000 issue of Wired discussing LightSurf and his plans for revolutionizing wireless visual communications.

About DEMOmobile

DEMOmobile is a conference focusing on the best of the new products and technologies designed to meet the needs of mobile professionals. DEMOmobile brings together leading analysts, venture backers, executives, product developers, technologists and journalists for a look ahead to the products and technologies that will shape the rapidly expanding mobile computing marketplace.

About LightSurf

LightSurf is the global leader in Open Standards MMS, Picture and Video Messaging, and Interoperability solutions supporting all mobile devices and wireless networks. LightSurf’s open standards-based services are currently deployed worldwide with partners including Bell Canada (TSX: BCE-T), Eastman Kodak (NYSE: EK), Iusacell (BVM: CEL; NYSE: CEL), LG International Corp. (KSE: 6657.KS), Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Motorola (NYSE: MOT), Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Rogers Wireless (TSX: RCM.B; NYSE: RCN), Samsung Electronics (KSE: 05930), Sanyo (NASDAQ: SANYY), Sprint (NYSE: FON), Telecom New Zealand (NZSE: TEL; NYSE: NZT) and Toshiba (TSE: 6502). Founded in 1998 by industry visionary Philippe Kahn, LightSurf is a VeriSign company headquartered in Santa Cruz, Calif.


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