The metaverse is the biggest buzzword floating at CES 2022 even before the show starts and InWith Corp. is presenting a new way to enable it with an electronic soft contact lens that allows users to transition from the real world to extended reality (XR).
At the world’s largest trade show, which takes place this week in Las Vegas, InWith said it plans to achieve FDA approval this year for the contacts and put them on the market shortly after.
The first application for the technology could be tunable vision via a mobile device and augmented reality (AR) through a mobile device. The company claims this could be an easy and invisible way for users to go back and forth from the real world to the metaverse.
InWith said the technology could allow developers to place augmented vision display chip applications into any soft hydrogel contact lenses with hundreds of iterations depending on the use case.
There are millions of consumers who currently use contact lenses and could allow an easier transition than wearing heavy or cumbersome goggles or other eyewear to enter the metaverse. Experts believe the metaverse could potentially be valued in the trillions in the coming year as AR, virtual reality (VR) and overall extended reality programs and technology finally take off. Subsequently, applications for these technologies will also become ubiquitous as the technology proliferates.
InWith previously introduced stretchable electronic circuitry in name brand contact lenses in 2020.