California based Invisible Computing company Mojo Vision has announced the development of the first contact lens with AR capabilities on January 17.

The smart lens includes “the smallest and densest dynamic display ever made, the world’s most power-efficient image sensor optimized for computer vision, a custom wireless radio, and motion sensors for eye-tracking and image stabilization,” reads the press release.

With what the company calls Invisible Computing, Mojo Vision strives to provide users with “elevated vision”, which includes enhancing the vision in case of low vision, highlighting the objects in darkness, and incorporating desired content into the reality.

Developers believe that AR lenses will allow the general public to focus on surroundings, hence there will be simply no need to always look on the smartphone for information. To make the interaction independent from any other device, the company plans to implement eye-tracking technology, so users can seamlessly use various apps for route planning, emotional recognition, real-time translations etc. In future, Mojo Vision also plans to add zoom to smart lens functionality. 

In a more specific use-case, which is expected to be the first one, smart lens will assist patients with eyesight problems. In the same press release, Mojo Vision has also announced a partnership with Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired with an end goal to improve the quality of life for the patients. The company plans to work directly with U.S. Food and Drug Administration experts through the FDA Breakthrough Problem to make a device safe and accessible for patients.

Mojo Lens, according to the developers, will also be useful to the  business world, helping companies increase their compliance and productivity:

“In businesses and organizations, the Mojo Lens is being designed to give workers or specialists access to real-time information, greatly improving productivity, precision, and compliance without having to look down at a mobile device or through an awkward, vision-blocking headset that limits situational awareness or discourages social interactions”

Mojo Vision has been reportedly developing the underlying technologies for a period over 10 years, getting over a 100 patents, with the help of $104 million invested by various companies, including such big tech giants like Google or LG. However Mojo Lens prototype was presented during the Consumer Electronics Show this year, the full product launch could take a few more years. Yet it could be just enough time to get used to the idea that content can be displayed with the eyes closed, which also might have an impact on human interactions in the future.

Photo credit: Mojo Vision

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