We knew Mojo Vision’s journey to market was going to be long and deliberate ever since we saw an early prototype in Las Vegas a number of CES ago. You can multiply all the talk about how tough the hardware is over and over again when trying to run something new and tiny designed to be worn on one of the most vulnerable parts of the human anatomy.
Today, the Bay Area-based company announced a new prototype of its augmented reality contact lens technology. The system is based on what Mojo calls “Invisible Computing,” its heads-up display technology that overlays information on the lens. It’s basically an effort to achieve the technology you’ve seen in every sci-fi movie of the last 40 years. The install also includes an updated version of the startup’s operating system, all designed to reduce users’ reliance on screens by – in a sense – moving the screen directly in front of their eyes.
The system revolves around a 0.5 millimeter microLED display with a remarkable density of 14,000 pixels per inch. Text overlays are highlighted by micro-optics, while data is transferred back and forth via a 5 GHz band. All of this is powered by an ARM Core M0 processor. An eye-tracking system is built-in, using accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer readings to determine the wearer’s gaze movement. This, in turn, forms the basis for hands-free control of the system.
The company writes:
Since we first revealed Mojo Lens to the world in January 2020, we’ve innovated, built, and integrated systems that many people thought couldn’t be built, let alone operational, in a contact lens form factor. . The most common thing we hear when we share this latest prototype is, “I knew there would be smart contact lenses, but I thought they were 10 or 20 years from now, not now.” It’s happening and I’m excited about our next steps and realizing the promise of invisible computing.
Of course, things are still in the prototype phase – so “now” isn’t exactly now. The company continues to work with the FDA to help bring the technology to market as part of its breakthrough device program. The company also announced previous partnerships with fitness brands like Adidas Running to develop workout apps for the technology.