Today, I wore Mojo Lens...and saw the future
CEO Drew Perkins shares with The Mojo Blog what he saw when first wearing Mojo's feature complete prototype lens, and what it means for the future of the company.
When I ask people when they think they’ll see smart contact lenses being worn, I hear answers ranging from 10 years from now, 20 years, all the way to it’ll never happen. Turns out, the future is a lot closer than most people think. In fact, the future is already here. I’ve seen it. I’ve worn it. It works. It all happened at Mojo Vision's labs in Saratoga, CA on June 23, 2022, and it was the first ever on-eye demonstration of a feature-complete augmented reality smart contact lens.
We recently announced our advanced prototype of Mojo Lens, highlighting a series of new hardware features and breakthrough technologies embedded directly into the lens — including a new and advanced display, eye tracking, communications, and software. These integrate with an eye-based UI to create an AR system that can provide discreet access to the information you need throughout your day—all while letting you look like yourself.
The final technical hurdle to wearing the lens was ensuring that the power and radio communications systems worked without wires. Cutting the cord proved that the lens and all major components are fully functional and also reduced many of the technical challenges in building a smart contact lens. After completing preclinical testing and mitigating potential safety risks, I wore Mojo Lens. Much to my delight, I found I could interact with a compass to find my bearings, view images, and use an on-screen teleprompter to read a surprising but familiar quote. I experienced firsthand the future with Invisible Computing.
How we got here
We started Mojo Vision in 2015 with a clear mission – to help individuals reach their highest potential in work, play, and life while staying connected to people and events in the real world.
To build an augmented reality smart contact lens, we have pushed the boundaries of physics and electronics miniaturization with the belief that no problem is too complex to be solved. And because we’re building something that didn’t previously exist, our development teams had to invent many of the components and systems needed, as well as the user interface.
Through our team’s ingenuity and sheer determination, Mojo Vision has created a smart contact lens with capabilities that were considered impossible outside of science fiction. Until today.
How Mojo Lens works
In building Mojo Lens, Mojo has developed many industry-first technologies:
At the heart of Mojo Lens is our 14,000 pixel- per-inch MicroLED display. Measuring less than 0.5mm in diameter with a pixel-pitch of 1.8 microns, it is the world’s smallest and densest display ever created for dynamic content.
Mojo Vision has developed custom application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) designs for Mojo Lens that incorporate a 5GHz radio and ARM Core M0 processor that transmit sensor data off the lens and stream augmented reality (AR) content to the MicroLED display.
Mojo Lens has a custom-configured accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer that continuously track eye movements so that AR imagery is held still as the eyes move.
Mojo Lens uses a proprietary power management system that includes medical-grade micro-batteries and a Mojo-developed power management integrated circuit.
Mojo Lens is controlled with a unique and intuitive interface based on eye tracking that allows users to access content and select items without hand or gesture-based controllers, just the natural movement of the eyes.
Wearing the lens was inspiring. Seeing the future literally put me at a loss for words. As I wore the lens and thought about the different components and subsystems contained within, I was reminded that every one of our development teams achieved great success within their own disciplines. But to have optics, electronics, mechanical systems, and software all operating at the same time – and seeing it happen – was an historic achievement! For the entire team, this represents a major step towards the potential for Mojo Lens to improve the lives of millions of people.
While I am the first person to wear our feature complete prototype of Mojo Lens, there will soon be many more who experience Invisible Computing. With this advancement, we now have a testing platform that helps us refine and build Mojo Lens that will ultimately lead to submission to the FDA for market approval. To accomplish this, we will conduct several clinical studies to test capabilities and provide feedback on software and apps.
We hope to see Mojo Lens change the lives of individuals with vision impairment by improving their ability to perform daily tasks that many of us take for granted. I envision amateur and professional athletes wearing Mojo Lens so they can train smarter, stay focused, and reach peak performance. Ultimately, this is a tool that can give people an invisible assistant throughout their day to stay focused without losing access to the information they need to feel confident in any situation.
Through our partnerships and collaboration with app developers, suppliers, and manufacturing partners, we are getting closer. Getting to this milestone has been an incredible learning experience, and we will apply these learnings going forward as we continue to design and develop Mojo Lens.
Looking at the big picture…
When I think about the collective effort that has gone into reaching this point, as well as the strength and talent of our team, I’m reminded of a saying by Helen Keller that seems incredibly relevant, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." After years of work, it’s incredibly gratifying to share this success with our team, investors, partners, and fans of Mojo.
The ideals and principles we established for Mojo Vision in 2015 are coming to life, one milestone at a time. I’m excited about what's in store for our company and how we will continue to break down the technological barriers and advance the development of Mojo Lens and Invisible Computing. Eyes up!