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Start-up Unveils Working Prototype of AR Contact Lens

The first application will be to help the visually impaired.

Mojo Vision, the startup that’s raised $100 million in venture funding, announced Thursday (15 January) it is developing what it is calling the world’s first smart contact lens. 

The contact lens, called the Mojo Lens has a built-in display that gives people information without having to look down at their smartphone. 

Dubbed Invisible Computing, the startup developed a platform that enables information to be served up instantaneously and appear on the lens. 

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The lens was born out of extensive research 

“After extensive research, development, and testing, we are excited to reveal our product plans and begin sharing details about this transformative platform,” said Drew Perkins, CEO at Mojo Vision in a press release.  “Mojo has a vision for Invisible Computing where you have the information you want when you want it and are not bombarded or distracted by data when you don't. The technology should be helpful, and it should be available in the moment and fade away when you want to focus on the world around you.”

While Mojo Vision expects its lens to be useful in several situations it’s focusing first on helping people who have low vision by using enhanced image overlays. With this application, the Mojo Lens serves as an aid that can assist in mobility, reading, and sight. 

Mojo Vision working first to aid the visually impaired 

In business settings, Mojo said it's developing the lens to give workers access to real-time information so that productivity, precision, and compliance can be improved by eliminating the need to look down at a mobile phone or use a headset. 

The  Mojo Lens is made possible thanks to advanced and proprietary technologies including what it said is the smallest and densest dynamic display ever made, a power-efficient image sensor optimized for computer vision, a custom wireless radio, and motion sensors for eye-tracking and image stabilization. 

“The Mojo Lens is the first step in delivering Invisible Computing to the world. We look forward to sharing more information and demonstrating future prototypes as we get closer to bringing our product to market,” Perkins said. 

 The startup is working with Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a Palo Alto, California nonprofit that provides rehabilitation services to more than 3,000 children and adults with blindness or impaired vision annually to develop the technology.

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