California's Mojo Vision has announced an advanced prototype of its augmented reality contact lenses that it claims to be 'the world's first true smart contact lens'.
The Mojo Lens incorporates numerous industry-first features, including the world’s smallest and densest dynamic display, low-latency communication, and an eye-controlled user interface. While the various aspects across display, communications, power, and eye-tracking have been in development individually, this latest prototype brings them all together in one unit for the first time.
As well as obvious technology advances in hardware, the company has been developing software such as foundational operating system code and user experience (UX) components. The new software/hardware combination will allow for further development and testing of important use cases for our partners and future customers.
In a blog post, CTO and co-founder Mike Wiemer explained that the new prototype accelerates the development of 'Invisible Computing', a next-generation computing experience where information is available and presented only when needed.
The blog tells us that, "This eyes-up experience allows users to access timely information quickly and discreetly without forcing them to look down at a screen or lose focus on the people and the world around them. We’re trying to change our relationship with devices and break down these barriers to fundamental personal connections. Mojo Lens lets you be more like yourself wherever your day takes you – we want the technology and the user experience to be something that doesn't distract from who you are".
Having raised $45 million Series B-1 funding for its AR smart lenses earlier this year and already a member of Disney's Accelerator program, Mojo Vision is collaborating with sports brands such as Adidas Running and 18Birdies to improve how training data is delivered and used.
The company has also been working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its Breakthrough Devices Program to develop a discreet low vision aid.
Speaking about today's announcement, Wiemer said, "The most common thing we hear as we share this latest prototype is, “I knew there would be smart contact lenses, but I thought they were 10 or 20 years out, not now.” This is happening and I’m excited about our next milestones and realising the promise of Invisible Computing".