Mojo Vision released a smart contact lens that has a built-in display and lets the wearer see augmented reality images on a screen in front of the eyeballs. Steve Sinclair, the senior vice president of marketing at Mojo Vision, calls this technology the ‘Invisible Computing’, stating it as a platform that overlays information on what people witness in the real world. ‘We have figured out how to take that world’s most dense display,’ Sinclair said. ‘We have a medical-grade contact lens, supply power, and data. And eventually, we will get to the point where we’ve got all sorts of cool gadgets to show.’
The built-in display uses MicroLEDs, AR/VR hardware, and heads-up displays (HUDs) to display information. MicroLEDs use 10% of the power of current LCDs, and they have five to 10 times higher brightness than the OLEDs. This means that MicroLEDs are more comfortable for wearers to view outdoors.
Mojo Lens aims at delivering useful and timely information to people without having them to look at a screen or lose focus on the people and their surroundings. Mojo’s ‘Invisible Computing’ platform will take some time to be ready and launched, but the prototypes will be available together. The company is also striving to create lenses that look similar to cosmetic contact lenses that make the eyes look a different colour. These lenses will have tiny displays, batteries, as well as other components that would be like fitting a computer on top of the eyeball.
The company wants to create a platform through the lens that makes information instantaneous and available hands-free. “It’s a rigid, gas-permeable lens,” Sinclair said. “It is super comfortable because it sits on the white part of your eye.”
The lens would be like the hard contact lenses that rest on the eye, rather than the cornea. Mojo Vision aims at making each contact lens to fit the wearer’s eyes perfectly. “We want it to sit perfectly like a puzzle piece, and it doesn’t rotate, and it doesn’t slip,” Sinclair said. “And that’s … one of the secrets that make this whole thing work, the soft contact lens is probably going to be miserable because normal contact lenses are always moving around and sliding around and flipping and rotating.”
Mojo Vision has patents for the development of an augmented reality (AR) smart contact lens from more than a decade. The company is currently demonstrating a working prototype of the device. “We’ve had to invent almost everything we put in the lens,” Sinclair said. “As you can imagine, we’ve invented our display. We’ve invented our oxygenation system, we’ve invented our power data, we’ve invented our own ASICS (custom chips) and power management tools. We’re inventing our algorithms for eye-tracking.”
The company is currently conducting feasibility clinical studies for R&D iteration purposes under an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. The contact lens is now in the R&D phase and not available for sale.
The company is planning an early application of the lenses to help people struggling with low vision. This lens would provide real-time contrast and lighting enhancements, and will also have zoom functionality. Mojo Lens is specifically designed to serve as a low vision aid that would allow a hands-free experience while delivering enhanced functional vision to assist in mobility, reading, and sighting.
The creation of Mojo Lens has passed many breakthroughs and proprietary technologies, like having the smallest and densest dynamic display ever made, equipped with the world’s most power-efficient image sensor optimized for computer vision, a custom wireless radio, and motion sensors for eye-tracking and image stabilization. The Mojo Lens includes the Mojo Vision 14,000-pixel-per-inch (PPI) display, which delivers a pixel density of over 200 million PPI, making it the smallest, densest display ever designed for dynamic — or moving — content.
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