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”An invisible assistant”: smart contact lens creates augmented reality

The chief executive of Mojo Vision has described his experience wearing a prototype smart contact lens with a 0.5mm LED display

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Mojo Vision chief executive, Drew Perkins, was able to view images, find his bearings using a compass and use an on-screen teleprompter while wearing a prototype smart contact lens.

Writing in his blog, Perkins described the trial of the lens on 23 June in California as the first on-eye demonstration of an augmented reality smart contact lens with completed features.

“With this advancement, we now have a testing platform that helps us refine and build Mojo Lens that will ultimately lead to submission to the FDA for market approval,” he shared.

The Mojo Lens contains a 14,000 pixel-per-inch LED display which is less than 0.5mm in diameter.

It incorporates technology that continuously tracks eye movements so that augmented reality images are held still as the eyes move.

The wearer can access content and select items using eye movements alone.

Perkins hopes that the Mojo lens could one day enhance the lives of people with vision impairment by improving their ability to perform daily tasks.

“Ultimately, this is a tool that can give people an invisible assistant throughout their day to stay focused without losing access to the information they need to feel confident in any situation,” he said.