May 26, 2022

We knew the Mojo Vision’s road to market would be a long and well thought out one, since we saw an early prototype in Las Vegas a few CES ago. When you’re trying to create something new and small, designed to be worn on one of the most vulnerable parts of the human anatomy, you can multiply all the talk about the rigidity of the equipment.

The San Francisco-based company today announced a new prototype of its augmented reality contact lens technology. The system is based on what Mojo calls “invisible computing,” a head-up display technology that outputs information to a lens. Basically, it’s an attempt to embody the technology you’ve seen in every sci-fi movie in the last 40+ years. The installation also includes an updated version of the startup’s operating system designed to reduce users’ dependence on the screen – in a sense – by moving the screen in front of their eyes.

The system produces a MicroLED display measuring roughly 0.5 millimeters with a surprisingly dense 14,000 pixels per inch. Text overlays are highlighted by micro-optics, and data is sent back and forth in the 5GHz band. All of this runs on an ARM Core M0 processor. On board is an eye tracking system that uses acceleration, gyroscope and magnetometer readings to determine the wearer’s gaze speed. This, in turn, forms the basis for a hands-free operation of the system.

The company writes:

Since we first introduced MOJO lenses to the world in January 2020, we have created new and integrated systems that many thought could not be built, only in the form of contact lenses. More often than not, when we share this latest prototype, we say, “I knew there would be smart contact lenses, but I thought they were 10 or 20 years old, not now.” It’s happening and I’m excited about our next milestone and delivering on the promise of invisible computing.

Of course, it’s still in the prototype stage, so “right now” is not exactly what you need. The company continues to work with the FDA to bring the technology to market through its Breakthrough Devices program. The company also announced previous partnerships with fitness brands such as Adidas Running to develop training apps for the technology.

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