Your eye on the next small screen? Mojo shows smart contact lenses

The “eyes” have it, literally.

Someday, when you walk down the street, an augmented user interface will appear like a floating screen over your real-life surroundings. You can discreetly see your heart rate, glucose reading, a weather forecast, real-time translation or map. Or maybe the name and title of the person you’re about to run into.

You may think that I am describing Google Glass or some other type of bionic shows visible to the outside world. What he is wearing is something much more discreet and taken directly from “Mission: Impossible – Phantom Protocol”: a pair of intelligent corrective contact lenses that you can control with eye movements and subtle gestures.

In an off-site hotel room during last week’s CES trade show in Las Vegas, I received an early demonstration of the Mojo lens, announced as the world’s first “true smart contact lens” (The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency o DARPA has reportedly showed interest in an intelligent contact lens developed by the engineering firm IMT Atlantique in France).

Patented lenses remain a developing prototype of a Silicon Valley startup backed by companies called Mojo Vision. One of the main investors is Google Gradient Ventures; Alphabet, Google’s father, had worked and then stopped a project involving a glucose-oriented smart contact lens.

The commercial availability of the Mojo lens is probably two years away, with the most immediate use cases in the business space: areas such as retail, medicine, public safety and hospitality.

Watching in the dark

Eventually, however, the hope is that any consumer can use versions, even those of you that do not necessarily need to correct bad vision.

The lenses also promise to help anyone who has low vision problems, and during one of my demonstrations, I was able to distinguish people and objects in a dark room.

Now, I didn’t really use contacts; Mojo established other elaborate ways for me to “look” through the lenses.

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