A California startup developing a smart contact lens will soon let people put the lenses on their eyeballs for testing.
Mojo Vision first boasted are smart contact lenses at CES 2020, but at the time journalists only let journalists hold the lens close to their eyes; they couldn’t wear them.
On Tuesday, Mojo Vision announced(Opens in a new window) CEO Drew Perkins became the first person to wear a “feature complete prototype lens” from the company during an internal test. is worn.
“After completing preclinical testing and mitigating potential safety risks, I wore Mojo Lens,” Perkins wrote in the blog post. “I was delighted to discover that I could communicate with a compass to find my position, view images, and use an on-screen teleprompter to read a startling yet familiar quote.”
The technology is designed to augmented reality experience on the lens. The most recent prototype has a MicroLED display with a resolution of 250 by 250 pixels with a diameter of only 0.02 inches. The lens also includes a 5GHz radio and one of Arm’s smallest processors, allowing it to render and overlap digital objects on top of anything you see.
In addition, the latest prototype Characteristics(Opens in a new window) eye tracking, so all virtual images displayed on the contact lens remain still over your view, even if your eyes are moving. The lenses operate using built-in “micro batteries,” but it’s unclear how long they’ll last on a single charge.
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In the future, Mojo plans to conduct clinical studies using the prototype lenses to test their capabilities and receive feedback on the built-in software. “With these advancements, we now have a testing platform that will help us refine and build Mojo Lens that will eventually lead to its submission to the FDA for market approval,” Perkins added.
Mojo Vision, which has been working on the technology since 2015, hopes the lenses will unlock an era of “invisible computing,” eliminating the need for clunky portable hardware. “Ultimately, this is a tool that can give people an invisible assistant all day long to stay focused without losing access to the information they need to feel confident in any situation,” Perkins said.
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