So what exactly is powering all these Inspector Gadget-like features? Under the hood, the Mojo Lens houses the Mojo Vision 14K PPI Display, featuring an extremely impressive pixel pitch of over 14,000ppi and a pixel density of over 200Mppi²; a custom wireless radio, motion sensors for image stabilization and eye-tracking, and the world’s most power-efficient image sensor that’s been optimized specifically for computer vision; all adding up to what Mojo Vision claims is “the smallest and densest dynamic display ever made.”Although the device is still in its research and development phase—the company is currently performing clinical studies under an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval—Mojo Vision already has plans to assist those suffering from poor vision by using the tech to offer real-time contrast and lighting enhancements. The company hopes this project will help further the eventual implementation of built-in image stabilization and zoom functionality, although little information about these features is available at the moment.
As part of today’s announcement, the company also revealed a partnership with Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in which the company will work with many of the visually impaired patients currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Palo Alto-based nonprofit in order to refine their technology and provide more effective services for Vista Center clients.“After extensive research, development, and testing, we are excited to reveal our product plans and begin sharing details about this transformative platform,” said Drew Perkins, CEO at Mojo Vision. “Mojo has a vision for Invisible Computing where you have the information you want when you want it and are not bombarded or distracted by data when you don’t. The technology should be helpful, and it should be available in the moment and fade away when you want to focus on the world around you.”
The First Head-Mounted Displays – The Telesphere Mask and the Headsight. You might think that strapping a display on a person’s head is a relatively new idea, but it is not. The first head-mounted displays were developed as early as the 1960s. The Telesphere Mask was the first example of a head-mounted display, which provided 3D stereoscopic and wide vision with stereo sound. However, the device lacked certain immersion, because of it being a non-interactive medium. In 1961 two Philco Corporation engineers, Comeau and Bryan, came up with the Headsight. A head-mounted display, much like the Telesphere Mask, the Headsight featured magnetic motion tracking technology, which was connected to a close circuit camera. While the goggles can be named a precursor to modern virtual reality technology, they were not developed for entertainment purposes. Instead, they were developed for the military with the idea that a person would be able to immerse themselves in the remote viewing of dangerous situations.
“The Mojo Lens is the first step in delivering Invisible Computing to the world. We look forward to sharing more information and demonstrating future prototypes as we get closer to bringing our product to market.”In terms of potential use-cases, the company claims the Mojo Lens will prove immensely useful in both commercial as well as enterprise scenarios. Harnessing the power of “Invisible Computing,” the smart lens has the potential to drastically increase efficiency by allowing both business professionals hands-free access to critical information without disrupting their workflow. When it comes to everyday use, Mojo Lenses could, one day, potentially replace smartphones altogether by offering a more convenient and efficient way of accessing information and communicating with others.
Moving forward, the company will be working directly alongside the United States Food & Drug Administration as part of its voluntary Breakthrough Device Program, during which it will receive valuable feedback by the organization to help ensure the device meets specific safety standards. As previously stated, the Mojo Lens is currently in its research and development phase and therefore unavailable for purchase at this time. Still, it’s amazing to see this type of technology up-and-running in 2020. With many high-profile companies currently in development of their own AR headsets, it’s clear that augmented reality is poised to become one of the more influenctial technologies of the new decade.
Travel companies are using virtual reality to allow customers to visit places and determine if they wish to visit in real life.
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