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AR Contact Lens Creator Mojo Vision Gets Funding Boost

Infusion of $51 million will fund Mojo Vision’s next generation of augmented-reality lens prototypes, plus new batteries, software, and manufacturing processes

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Mojo Vision contact lens prototype on a finger
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Mojo Vision, a Silicon Valley startup developing augmented-reality contact lenses, announced today that it had raised an additional US $51 million to move forward with development. This brings total investment in the company to $159 million.

A Mojo spokesperson indicated that this cash infusion will fund development of better battery technology, improved software, and the manufacturing processes that will be needed when the devices go into mass production. Mojo plans to add a dozen or so engineers to its current staff of 86 by year’s end. Staff members are currently working at home, and because products have yet to come to market, the company reports that local shelter-in-place orders are having little effect on its efforts.

Mojo Vision’s first prototypes, which I saw in January, included a microdisplay, radio, image sensor, and motion sensor built into each contact lens. These were powered wirelessly from an external power pack, but ultimately the company aims to bring batteries on board. Mojo expects to unveil its next generation of prototypes later this year.

The first applications of Mojo’s AR contact will be image enhancement for people with low vision, including edge detection of objects and facial expressions. Future applications will include providing additional information, like facial tagging and real-time translation.

New Enterprise Associates led this latest funding round; other investors included Gradient Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Liberty Global, Struck Capital, Dolby Family Ventures, and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital.

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Digging Into the New QD-OLED TVs

Formerly rival technologies have come together in Samsung displays

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Television screen displaying closeup of crystals

Sony's A95K televisions incorporate Samsung's new QD-OLED display technology.

Televisions and computer monitors with QD-OLED displays are now on store shelves. The image quality is—as expected—impressive, with amazing black levels, wide viewing angles, a broad color gamut, and high brightness. The products include:

All these products use display panels manufactured by Samsung but have their own unique display assembly, operating system, and electronics.

I took apart a 55-inch Samsung S95B to learn just how these new displays are put together (destroying it in the process). I found an extremely thin OLED backplane that generates blue light with an equally thin QD color-converting structure that completes the optical stack. I used a UV light source, a microscope, and a spectrometer to learn a lot about how these displays work.

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