Mojo Vision could be the first company to release a smart contact lens. The availability of the company’s product is not the only amazing thing that can be seen in this innovation. The contact lens manufacturer is also expected to integrate new features that are currently unavailable on normal contact lenses.
Mojo Vision confirmed that its upcoming smart contact lens will start to ship within the next few years. However, the company didn’t release any confirmation yet regarding the specific date of the eye wear’s availability.
On the other hand, the Mojo Vision also claimed that its upcoming product will have 14,000 pixels per inch packed into a sand-grain-sized display that beams directly into your eyes’ fovea, which is the tiny part in the center of a human eye. This also has the greatest concentration of retinal cones. If you don’t have any idea what these are, they are your eye’s natural photoreceptors.
What to expect from Mojo Vision’s upcoming product
Mojo Vision explained that its new smart contact lens will have 70,000 pixels in a half-millimeter display. Although this feature seems like it’ll make the company’s new product unsafe, the manufacturer confirmed that it has its own methods to make its new smart contact lens safe for human eye use.
Meanwhile, Mojo Vision added that its new smart contact lens will have augmented reality (AR), computer vision, a high-end micro-LED display, inertial measurement sensors, a thin-film solid-state battery, and a broadband radio for communications. The company explained that the battery will be placed inside a soft container that will fit smoothly and gently on the user’s eye.
Steve Sinclair, the eye specs manufacturer’s vice president, said that “there is a compute device that we’re building.” He added that they “call it a relay. It’s something you wear around the neck that communicates with the lens, and that relay accessory has an application processor and a GPU and batteries, of course, and storage. And so it runs applications there and it’s streaming content to your eyes and pulling sensor data off your eyes to compute what the next frame of information you need to see is, in under, you know, just single-digit milliseconds, to make it all seem fresh and performant.”
Right now, it is hard to believe that the company will find success in building AR eye specs. This is because most of the technology community sees mobile as the current dominant computing platform and smartglasses as the probable successor, with visors and Oculus-style headsets as intermediary stages. But Sinclair points out that hundreds of millions of people need vision correction today, and 140 million wear contact lenses globally.
Aside from the tech firm mentioned above, Apple is also working on its AR eye specs. Some sources said that the idea of the giant iPhone manufacturer also came from Mojo Vision’s innovation.
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