The Mojo Vision startup team has developed intelligent lenses that can interact with augmented reality. Externally, they do not differ from standard optical eyepieces, but can connect to a smartphone and have a built-in MicroLED-display. With this display, the user can see additional information projected by the device directly to the eye.
Several modern developments are used in the device simultaneously. One of them is a small augmented reality screen that overlays an AR image. An intelligent display integrated in the smart lens shows the image in front of the retina, so the image does not disappear even when the eyes are closed. The screen is located in a special area of the lens surface just above the eye surface. The screen panel has a record density of pixels per inch (ppi value) of 14,000 units. For example, the screen ppi value of iPhone 11 is 323.
Various sensors and motion sensors are present in the device for image formation and stabilization. As a result, Augmented Reality components appear on the lens screen. These may include news, weather data, notifications, direction indicators. In addition, smart contact lenses perform a direct function of optimizing vision. Thus, with their help, users can adjust sharpness, zoom in on objects or see better in low light.
Smart eye lenses as a working prototype were demonstrated for the first time at the annual IT event CES 2020. Monochrome screen of the device was green on the outside, and was powered by an external processor and battery. Authors of the invention allowed everyone to bring the lenses close to the eyes, but it was forbidden to wear them. According to the developers, they are not yet sufficiently developed and require many improvements.
Now the invention of Mojo Vision is still under active development. To implement its idea, the startup has managed to attract about $ 100 million of investment. In a couple of years, the company plans to release a commercial version of the device in order to enter the consumer market. Currently, the project team is engaged in obtaining the necessary certificates and approvals issued to electronic developments that are used for medical purposes.
According to the authors of the invention, smart lenses are able to keep a charge during the day. In addition, one of the modifications has an additional mechanism for night vision. The developers name three main scenarios of using smart smart lenses. They can be used as an alternative to standard electronic devices, including smartphones. They are also suitable for working with large amounts of data and can also be used in the usual way to correct vision.