Immersion Enables Designers/Engineers to Feel and Manipulate CATIA V5 Models; VirtualHand for V5 Interaction Software Suite Launches at COE Spring 2003 Conference


COE Spring 2003 Conference

Booth #123

NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 31, 2003--Immersion Corp. (Nasdaq: IMMR), a leading developer of haptic (touch) feedback technology, announced the launch and availability of its new hand-interaction software suite, VirtualHand(R) for V5, which is based on the CAA V5 (Component Application Architecture) development platform.

VirtualHand for V5, which is compatible with the upcoming V5-R11 release, allows V5 users of Immersion's CyberForce(R) hardware to experience realistic force feedback with their entire hand while touching or grasping a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) model.

At the COE Spring 2003 Conference this week, Immersion will demonstrate VirtualHand for V5 software running on its new Haptic Workstation(TM), a two-hand force-feedback simulation system. Attendees trying the product will be immersed in a 3D CATIA V5 model of an automobile interior and be able to physically use their hands to interact with and feel components on the graphical dashboard.

"Development of VirtualHand for V5 was driven by considerable demand from designers and engineers needing 'hands on' evaluation of their CATIA V5 designs," said Dr. James Kramer, vice president of business development at Immersion. "Literally putting the design in the hands of designers helps them quickly and easily meet their engineering objectives. They can test ergonomic and maintenance procedures before building a physical prototype, leading to a superior final design with reduced time and expense."

The VirtualHand for V5 Suite comprises two products:

-- "VirtualHand for V5-Design" enables engineers throughout the enterprise to manipulate their 3D graphical designs while wearing an Immersion CyberGlove(R) hand-sensing glove. Users wearing a CyberTouch(TM) hand-sensing glove additionally feel tactile feedback sensations.
-- "VirtualHand for V5-DMU" together with Immersion's CyberForce(R) system, enhances the V5 immersive digital mockup environment by providing advanced hand and arm force feedback for more realistic design reviews.

Immersion is introducing VirtualHand for V5 through its recent Software Community Partnership with Dassault Systemes (see separate press release dated Feb. 10, 2003).

For sales information, please contact Email Contact or call 408/350-8824.

About Immersion ( www.immersion.com)

Founded in 1993, Immersion Corp. is a recognized leader in developing, licensing and marketing haptic products and technology. Bringing value to markets where user/product interaction needs to be made more compelling, safer or productive, Immersion helps its partners develop and increase competitive advantage and broaden market reach by making the use of touch feedback as critical a user experience as sight and sound. Immersion's technology is deployed across personal computing, entertainment, medical training, automotive and three-dimensional simulation markets. Immersion and its wholly owned subsidiaries hold over 186 issued patents worldwide. Immersion, VirtualHand, CyberGlove, CyberTouch, Haptic Workstation, and CyberForce are trademarks of Immersion Corp. For more information, see http://www.immersion.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This media alert contains forward-looking statements, including in particular statements about future development plans and efforts that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on current information, which we have assessed but which by its nature is dynamic and subject to rapid and even abrupt changes. Immersion does not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the development and performance of touch-enabled technology. Immersion's actual results might differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with Immersion's business which include, but are not limited to, delay in or failure to achieve commercial demand for Immersion's touch-enabled technology products. Risks and uncertainties related to Immersion's business in addition to those described above are further outlined in Immersion's SEC reports, including but not limited to the report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These reports are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These factors may not constitute all factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statement. Immersion is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

CONTACT: Immersion Corp.
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