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7th April 2022

Development milestone for smart contact lens

California-based company Mojo has announced its latest prototype Mojo Lens and the new innovations and technologies the design includes.

 

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Mojo Vision – describing itself as "the Invisible Computing Company" – has announced its latest and most advanced prototype of Mojo Lens, the world's first true smart contact lens, which includes an array of new, industry-first features.

Invisible Computing is a next-generation computing experience where information is available and presented only when needed. This eyes-up experience allows users to access timely information quickly and discreetly, without forcing them to look down at a screen or lose focus on the people and the world around them. Mojo Vision claims their innovation is "positioned at the intersection of smartphones, augmented reality/virtual reality, smart wearables and health tech."

The device has now reached a critical milestone in its development, testing, and validation process. The new version includes numerous hardware features and breakthrough technologies embedded directly into the lens – advancing its display, communications, eye tracking, and power system.

Mojo has identified initial compelling consumer uses of Invisible Computing for performance athletes, and recently announced strategic partnerships with leading sports and fitness brands, such as Adidas Running, to collaborate on eyes-up, hands-free experiences. Mojo is working with its new partners to find unique ways to improve athletes' access to in-the-moment data. As shown in the visualisation below, the Mojo Lens could give athletes a competitive edge, allowing them to stay focused on their workout or training and to maximise performance, without the distraction of traditional wearables. See here for a longer and better video (not embeddable).

 

 

"Mojo has created advanced foundational technologies and systems that weren't possible before now. Innovating the new features in the lens is a tremendous amount of work, but successfully bringing them all together into an integrated system in such a small form factor is a considerable achievement in cross-disciplined product development," said Mike Wiemer, VP of Engineering, CTO and co-founder of Mojo Vision. "We are excited to share our progress and can't wait to start testing Mojo Lens in real-world scenarios."

To reach this milestone, Mojo had to invent and develop proprietary technologies and first-of-their-kind innovations. These include: the world's smallest and densest display for projecting augmented reality imagery (14,000 pixels per inch, packed into a 0.5 millimetre microLED display), a low latency communications protocol for efficiently streaming the visual data, ultra-precise eye tracking and a unique eye-controlled user interface to access and interact with AR content with just a glance.

"This latest prototype of Mojo Lens demonstrates major advances in the development of our platform and the goals for our company,'' said Drew Perkins, CEO and co-founder of Mojo Vision. "Six years ago, we had a vision for this experience and faced an immense number of design and technology challenges. But we had the expertise and confidence to take them on and have made consistent, breakthrough progress over the years. I'm proud of our entire team for getting us to this stage and excited that we're closer than ever to getting Mojo Lens to market."

 

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