Mojo Vision created the world's first smart contact lens with augmented reality

Joanna Estrada
January 19, 2020

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.

Mojo Vision today announced it is building the world's first true smart contact lens, called the Mojo Lens. The lenses project light in front of the user's eye - meaning it can still be seen when their eyes are shut. It's not yet available for sale, but the company's work at the moment includes a partnership with the US Food and Drug Administration through its Breakthrough Device Program, which means Mojo Vision is working directly with FDA experts to get feedback, prioritize reviews, and develop a final product that adheres to safety regulations and standards.

The functions are operated via a "home screen", a green ring of applications that can be launched by focusing on the app you want and turned off by looking away.

Mojo Vision also uses a hard scleral lens for smart contact lenses as it provides stability and isn't disposable - unlike soft lenses.

The FDA Breakthrough Device Program is meant to help patients receive more timely access to breakthrough technologies that have the potential to provide more effective treatment or diagnosis for life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions. As AR content goes, it was fairly rudimentary, but the fact that this was all happening via a contact lens that was only a bit thicker than the ones I wear every day was impressive. As to how the device works, Mojo Lenses reportedly highlights shapes and objects in the real-world in bright green. Unobtrusive contacts that remain discreet and at the same time offer an improved view that helps with mobility, reading and perception. In turn, Mojo will be able to deliver devices to market that will contribute to vision-loss rehabilitation, and improve the quality of life for Vista Center's clients and others with similar needs.

Mojo Vision is led by Silicon Valley veterans from Apple, Amazon, Google, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, Infinera, Agilent, and Marvell, among others, as well as medical device and optometry experts from companies including CooperVision, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Philips Healthcare, and Zeiss Ophthalmology.

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

The invention having more than one hundred patents, and will help visually impaired people.

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