Smart contact lens with display improves vision and shows the schedule

A new Silicon Valley startup is trying to create the world’s first true smart contact lens by placing a screen right in front of your eye. The display can thus improve the view of the world. The newly formed company, Mojo Vision, unveiled a very early prototype at CES last week. The team is now ready to talk about product development.

Smart contact lens in development

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Mojo Vision hopes to first develop a smart contact lens that will help the visually impaired by displaying improved overlays of the outside world. In addition, this innovation is intended to sharpen or enlarge details so that they can be seen better. However, this reality still seems to have a long way to go. The prototype shown at CES contained a green, monochrome display attached to a large battery. The new company has yet to seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration to eventually deliver to consumers, especially for medical use cases.

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The technology is built into a hard scleral lens that has a bulbous part. The latter should be slightly above the surface of the eye when worn. Mojo Vision claims it has a 14,000 ppi display (the iPhone 11 has a 326 ppi display for comparison) as well as an image sensor, radio, and motion sensor. These serve to superimpose and stabilize images.

While the team demonstrated on a lens that the smart contact lens contained all of these components, they did not demonstrate a fully functional device. The display technology seemed to work when it was close to the eye. An external battery and processor were required to make the whole thing work. The company says consumers would have to sanitize their contact lenses every night and that they would be charged via a proprietary induction system.

Technical innovation for the eyes

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As part of the demo, Mojo Vision presented how a display over a person’s eye can help see in the dark, especially if a person is already visually impaired. The presentation relied on an edge detection algorithm to show where objects were placed in a room. It worked, but the lens was on a larger base and didn’t work within the tiny form factor.

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The ultimate goal is to make the smart contact lens a little bit what Google Glass should be. It’s a screen that allows consumers to see useful and up-to-date information without pulling out the mobile phone. With its much smaller size, the smart contact lens could bypass a large number of social hurdles. Google Glass was initially confronted with these. It’s just the far more difficult challenge of turning your technology into an object smaller than a euro cent.

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The company says people will likely need to wear an additional accessory that provides the data connection and processor for the lens. The team also suggested that customers use eye trackers to control what they see. The scope for people with visual impairments is unique and potentially useful. However, for a wider audience, legitimate justification is required for candidates to want to wear the smart contact lens every day.