A screen in a contact lens? The vision of the future is coming!

The American company Mojo Vision has managed to create an augmented reality lens, integrating a screen, a processor and wireless connectivity. Bluffing, its prototype would now be very close to succeed.

The applications of augmented reality are very numerous and with any smartphone it is possible to generate them in a playful or useful way. And as for accessories, even if Google Glass has not become a mainstream product, many systems exist to display information in front of the eyes. There are even ski goggles with augmented reality displays to show speed and other information. The American startup Mojo Vision goes one step further. It has just reported on the project it has been working on for years: an augmented reality system integrated into contact lenses. Thus, from a tiny screen, information can be superimposed on the real world view.

In these lenses, the hexagonal screen measures less than half a millimeter wide and each pixel measures less than two micrometers. A mini-system projects the image onto the surface of the retina. And that’s not all, because to complete its mission of augmented reality, a mini-camera captures the scene and a tracker instantly records the movements of the eye. It is also with this system that the information displayed is readable and does not clutter your visual space. Without this process, the information would be displayed in a static way permanently in the center of your vision.
To help the visually impaired

Still in this lens, a chip ensures the processing of images, the display and also manages the wireless link with a smartphone. In terms of energy, the set has a wireless recharge. The autonomy would be limited to one hour. At the Hot Chips conference held recently in Silicon Valley in the United States, the boss of Mojo Vision said that his prototype is almost functional and should be presented very soon.

With this process, Mojo Vision seeks to design an accessory that could help people with vision problems to better perceive obstacles on their route by highlighting them. The lenses could also be used by athletes to display biometric data during the practice of their sport. Although much more advanced, this project is reminiscent of the attempt by one of Google’s subsidiaries to create lenses to monitor blood sugar levels for diabetics. A project that never saw the light of day.