Company Mojo Developing Smart eye lens They can be used for a long time and show some information to users. In a new interview with the BBC, Steve Sinclair talked about the technology and turning smart lenses into a small computer for the eyes.
Sinclair from Mojo Explains about their developing technology:
“Imagine you are a musician and the lyrics or chords appear in front of your eyes. “You are either an athlete and have access to biometric or distance data and other information you need.”
In their technology from Scleral lens (Larger lens that extends to the whites of the eyes) is used to correct users’ vision. It also has a small microLED display with smart sensors and solid-state batteries.
“We have built what we call a full-featured prototype that can even be used as a wearable, and we will soon begin internal testing.
“The interesting thing is that we have optimized its performance and power in a way that it can be seen for a longer period of time and all day long.”
In addition, another smart eye lens is being developed to collect health data. “These lenses can measure intraocular pressure or glucose,” explains Rebecca Rojas, a professor of optometry at Columbia University. Glucose levels need to be controlled by people with diabetes, and this lens can be helpful for them.
In their current research, scientists are focusing on making lenses that can detect and treat medical conditions by measuring specific biomarkers such as light levels, cancer-related molecules or the amount of glucose in tears.
Challenges of Smart Eye Lens Development
Despite such exciting capabilities, smart eye lens technology must overcome obstacles and challenges.
One of the most important challenges is their energy supply. Lenses are very small objects and due to limited space, they can not use batteries. So what method do scientists use to power smart lenses?
Mojo is still testing its product, but intends its customers to be able to use the lenses all day without the need for recharging. A company spokesman explains:
“Our expectation is that you will not receive information from the lens constantly, but will need it in the short moments of the day. “So just like today’s cell phones or smartwatches, the actual battery life depends on how and how often you use them.”
Other challenges of smart lenses include privacy concerns. “Daniel Loafer, senior policy analyst at the Access Now digital rights campaign group, says:
“Any device with a forward-facing camera that allows users to take photos or record videos endangers other people’s privacy.”
In smart glasses, methods such as a red warning light can alert viewers to video recording, but in smart lenses, the situation is a bit more difficult. Mojo also ensures that all data from its smart lenses is securely protected and private.