New Silicon valley startup is trying to create “the world’s first real smart contact lens” by setting the display right on the eye. Startup Mojo Vision demonstrated a very early prototype of the meetings at CES last week and is now ready to start talking about product development.
Mojo Vision hopes to first create smart contact lenses that can help people with low vision, displaying advanced blend of the world, increasing the sharpness of detail or increasing them, to help them see better. The prototype shown at CES included a green monochrome display which was connected to a large battery, and still need to get permission from Management on control over products and medicines of the USA, to ultimately deliver it to consumers, especially for its medical use cases.
Mojo technology is embedded in a rigid scleral lens which has a convex portion located slightly above the surface of the eye. Mojo Vision says it has a display with a resolution of 14000 ppi (for comparison, iPhone 11 has a display with a resolution of 326 ppi) and the image sensor radio and motion sensor that will be embedded to overlay and image stabilization. While the Mojo demonstrated lens, which States that it includes all of these components, visitors, CES has not demonstrated a fully working device. Display technology seemingly worked when held close to the eye — the visitors were not allowed to insert the lens — but it required an external battery and processor. The company says that people have to disinfect their lenses every night, and that she would be charged via a patented induction system.
As part of the demonstration Mojo demonstrated how the display is placed over the human eye may help them see in the dark, especially if the person already has poor eyesight. The demonstration was based on detection algorithm the edges to show where the objects were placed in the room. It worked, but again, the contact was more widely and worked in a tiny form factor.
The ultimate goal is to make the contact a little bit like what should have been Google Glass: the screen, which can show you a “useful and timely information” without forcing you to reach for the phone. Due to its much smaller size, smart contact lenses can avoid many of the social obstacles that Google Glass was initially faced; he’s just much more difficult to turn its technology into an object that is smaller than the coin. The company says that people will probably have to wear an accessory that would provide the data connection and the processor for contacts, and the team also suggested that people have used eye tracking to control what they see.
Mojo Vision is your smart gadget, which will be sold both to consumers and businesses, and the earliest versions will help people with visual impairments. The company has collected more than $ 100 million to Finance its technology, but it is in development. There is no accurate date when it expects the first smart contacts will appear on the market. Although Mojo says that he hopes to release the product within the next two years.
In the end, Mojo may run into the same error faced by many wearable devices: compatibility issues between platforms. Its use for people with visual impairments is a unique and potentially useful, but for a wider consumer audience you want to study, so that people would want to wear lenses every day (the company did not specify how much will cost these lenses, but just noticed that people will have to replace them every year.).
Mojo, it would seem, has overcome one of his biggest obstacles — has built a tiny display in a contact lens — but he still needs to prove that the tiny form factor can function by itself, and, in addition, to prove that society is comfortable with the idea of AR contact lenses.