Mojo Vision CEO is the first to wear the company’s smart contact lens

California startup Mojo Vision finally has a human wearing its smart contact lens — bringing the future of AR and superhuman vision one big step closer.

Increase reality: Unlike VR, which replaces your view of the real world with all digital images, augmented reality (AR) places digital images on top of of a real world display.

With AR, you can seamlessly interact with technology: you can read a text without reaching for your phone, or watch clues appear before your eyes as you navigate a new city.

Mojo Vision wants its smart contact lens to give people superhuman vision.

The challenge: AR glasses however, are not for everyone.

While they are generally slimmer than VR headsets, some people still find them bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Others may just not like the way they look inside each glasses, or sports and other activities that are not glasses friendly.

smart contact lens Mojo Vision was launched in 2015 with the aim of developing a smart contact lens that would allow wearers to see digital information right in front of their face – like AR glasses – but with the convenience of contacts.

The smart contact lens allows you to see AR images without glasses. Credit: Mojo Vision

It doesn’t plan to stop there, though — the company eventually wants to use its Mojo lens to give people superhuman powers, such as the ability to zoom in on distant objects or see clearly at night.

What’s new? The company has several prototypes of its technology since then, but it wasn’t until June 28 that CEO Drew Perkins revealed in a blog post that Mojo Vision had finally put its smart contact lens on someone’s eye: theirs.

“After completing preclinical testing and mitigating potential safety risks, I wore Mojo Lens,” he wrote. “I was delighted to discover that I could communicate with a compass to find my position, view images, and use an on-screen teleprompter.”

“Wearing the lens was inspiring,” he added. “Seeing the future literally left me short of words.”

Mojo Vision has finally put its lens on someone’s eye. Credit: Mojo Vision

Looking forward: The last prototype unveiled in March, the Mojo Lens looks like a combination of a traditional contact lens and a microchip.

Packed into the tiny piece of technology is the world’s smallest and densest dynamic display, as well as an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. There’s eye-tracking technology, medical-grade micro-batteries, and custom communication chips.

As Perkins noted, this smart contact lens is really what we think of when we envision futuristic technology, and Mojo Vision is now poised to conduct the clinical trials needed to gain FDA approval for the technology — and ultimately to give you to provide supervision.

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