KEY POINTS

  • Current smart glasses are bulky and don't look good on the streets
  • A startup created smart contact lenses that essentially work like smart glasses, albeit discreetly
  • The smart contact lenses aren't currently available for commercial sale

Today's consumers are always looking for the next best thing when it comes to technology. One of the most anticipated developments in this area are the arrival of better augmented-reality glasses that will allow users to, supposedly, do more without having to pull their smartphone out of their pockets, or without the need to open their laptops or tablets.

Current smartglasses and augmented-reality headsets, however, are either bulky or just don't look as good as users might want them to be. A tech startup thought of this and worked on creating new technology that will give users the conveniences of wearing AR glasses without having to wear a clunky head-mounted device. This technology comes in the form of smart contact lenses.

Mojo Vision, a company comprised of scientists, futurists, medical experts and technologists, has created the Mojo Lens, a smart contact lens that features a built-in miniature display.

Smart glasses and other wearable technologies are being showcased at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, even as consumers grow concerned about how their data are collected and used Some smart glasses are bulky and don't look like wearers will wear them on the street any day. Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN

Invisible Computing

The company is introducing an interesting concept called “Invisible Computing,” which is basically a small display that never gets in the way of what the user actually sees in real-life. The company designed the small piece of technology so that it will provide users with relevant and timely information without obstructing their view or distractions.

As seen in the company's website, the Mojo Lens is supposed to work the same way smart glasses were meant to, albeit discreetly. It is meant to provide cyclists with information as to their distance to their target destination, the visually-impaired with cues so he can recognize objects near him, the average worker directions as to his workplace, and more.

Mojo Lens does this by understanding what the wearer's context is (whether working, commuting, and more), and with the use of smart software, displays relevant and crucial information through purpose-built microelectronics and a minuscule display. This technology has been developed by optometrists, technologists and medical experts to ensure safety and efficiency.

Mojo Lens has many applications and is not limited to health and directions. It is seen to benefit professionals as they give presentations, machine workers as they operate machines, and more. It will even help the simplest of stargazers determine what constellations are present in the night sky. As Fast Company puts it, Mojo Lens gives people's eyes “superpowers.”

Mojo Vision said the Mojo Lens is not available for commercial sale at the moment. It's availability is subject to regulatory approvals and clearance.