A Silicon Valley startup is trying to create the world’s first truly smart contact lens that keeps the screen close to your eyes and enhances your understanding of the world. Start-up Mojo Vision showed off a very early prototype at a CES conference last week and is ready to develop it further. The prototype shown at CES includes a green monochrome display connected to a large battery that the company still needs to obtain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finally deliver the product to consumers, especially for its medical use cases.
Mojo technology is built into a hard sclauned lens with a spherical part located above the surface of the eye. Mojo Vision claims to have built a 14,000ppi pixel density display (326ppi pixel density on the iPhone 11 display) as well as image sensors, radios and motion sensors to help overwrite and stabilize images. Although Mojo showed a lens that contained all of these components, we didn’t see a prototype that worked to demonstrate. Mojo says it requires an external battery and a processor to run. The company says end users must disinfect the lenses every night and charge them through a proprietary sensing system.
However, Mojo demonstrates how to place a display on a person’s eyes to help them see things in the dark, especially for users with vision problems. The demo relies on an edge detection algorithm to show the position of an object in the room. Mojo says end users may have to wear additional accessories that will provide users with data connections and processor calculations, and the team also recommends that people use eye tracking to control what they see.
An earlier version of Mojo Vision could help people with visual impairments. The company has raised more than $100 million to develop its products. There is no exact time frame for the product.