These contact lenses will have an augmented reality thanks to a half-millimeter screen with 70,000 pixels

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These contact lenses will have an augmented reality thanks to a half-millimeter screen with 70,000 pixels
These contact lenses will have an augmented reality thanks to a half-millimeter screen with 70,000 pixels

The impact of Google Glass still resonates in the memory of many, many years after its introduction and also after its closure as a consumer product. Wearing a continuous augmented reality device is not convincing because it involves wearing glasses. However, there is an opportunity yet to be explored: contact lenses. Mojo Vision is developing lenses that allow extra information to be shown to the eye with virtually invisible technology.

As FastCompany explains Mojo Vision has been in this market for several years. It was in 2015 when they started developing the product based on research that started in 2008. All this with the idea of Get contact lenses that show additional information to the user without others noticing, An approach to a bionic eye, but which is better adapted to the reality and the current limits of technology.

Example of information displayed on Mojo Vision lenses
Example of information displayed on Mojo Vision lenses
Technology (almost) invisible in the human eye

At the beginning of this year, the company showed its greatest progress to date in public. To display information on a lens, you need an element that is as simple as a screen built into the lens. This screen must be small so that it does not look at the lens and especially so that it fits in. And it’s less than half a millimeter as big monochrome microLED panel in green Despite its small size, it is able to contain 70,000 pixels inside maybe more than enough to display basic text and symbols.

The Mojo Vision half-millimeter screen
The Mojo Vision half-millimeter screen

Mojo explains that his contact lenses are smart. It shows notifications, useful information such as weather, navigation routes and even functions that you can see in the dark for people with degenerative eyes. The latter may require the help of the smartphone and its camera, although at the moment it is difficult to know exactly.

Now it is an electronic device with a screen that is connected to the smartphone, so it also needs to be charged. Mojo Vision points this out The lens was developed to bring a day of autonomy, How do you charge a contact lens? Place the lens in a protective case by induction charging at night when you are not using it.

A curiosity is that the lens cannot be transparent as a contact lens to improve the view. After all, it is full of circuits and cables. To prevent it from looking like we have a bionic eye, Mojo does the following Paint an aperture on the lens that hides the entire mechanism, That is, similar to contact lenses with the iris of colors that already exist on the market.

The iris is painted to hide the mechanism
The iris is painted to hide the mechanism

How expanded the reality that these lenses produce is one of the questions that still needs to be clarified. In principle, augmented reality means interacting with the environment and overlaying information about reality. However, it is important to show more information here, after all, these are contact lenses that do not have an integrated camera for reading the surroundings. These lenses are closer to a virtual reality lens than an augmented one. In any case, if you manage to make them real, you can’t take the credit away from them.

For the moment they still need a lot of development before they can be seen on the market. Before that, they need to get approval from government agencies, among other things, and it won’t be so easy to get approval to sell a smartphone or augmented reality glasses. In this case, it is a product with direct contact with the human eye. It is more of a “health product” than a technological product. Another approval they should get is that of the market, when it is rare for many to wear glasses, even more to wear contact lenses when they are not annoying.

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