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Mojo Vision teams up with optics leader Menicon to develop AR contact lenses

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Mojo Vision has developed prototypes for contact lenses that enable people to see augmented reality images as overlays on the real world. And now it has teamed up with Menicon, Japan’s largest and oldest maker of contact lenses, to further develop the product.

Saratoga, California-based Mojo Vision has developed a smart contact lens with a tiny built-in display that lets you view augmented reality images on a screen sitting right on your eyeballs. It’s a pretty amazing innovation, but the company has to make sure that it works with contact lenses as they have been built for decades. The partnership with Menicon will help the company do that, Mojo Vision chief technology officer Mike Wiemer said in an interview with VentureBeat.

“It’s a development agreement, and it could turn into a commercial agreement,” Wiemer said. “I’m very excited to work with them.”

Under the joint-development agreement, the two companies will work on various feasibility studies on production and manufacturing, exploring a potential long-term working relationship as Mojo tries to commercialize the technology.

Mojo Vision is developing Mojo Lens, which it calls the first true smart contact lens. Nagoya, Japan-based Menicon claims to be the only company in the world dedicated to all areas of contact lens-related business, including material development, lens designing, rigid gas permeable lens technology, manufacturing of lenses, and care solutions.

Above: A grain of sand compared to the Mojo Vision contact lens pixel.

Image Credit: Mojo Vision

Areas of collaboration will center around contact lens materials, cleaning, and fitting, among other topics. Menicon, led by president Hidenari Tanaka, has been making contact lenses for 70 years, and it has more than 1,400 employees. Wiemer said that Menicon has volumes of research on things such as coatings for contact lenses and how devices interact with the human body.

“These are the challenges for us,” Wiemer said. “We have to get our teams to work together.”

Mojo Lens overlays monochrome images, symbols, and text on users’ natural fields of vision without obstructing their view, restricting mobility, or hindering social interactions.

Mojo is actively working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its Breakthrough Devices Program, a voluntary program designed to provide safe and timely access to medical devices that can help treat irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions.

In April 2020, Mojo announced it had raised more than $51 million in a funding round, and it has raised $159 million to date. The company has more than 100 employees. Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. Wiemer said his company is developing relationships with most of the major contact lens companies, and that the company is working on a new prototype more advanced than the one it showed in January 2020.

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Source: https://venturebeat.com/2020/12/08/mojo-vision-teams-up-with-optics-leader-menicon-to-develop-ar-contact-lenses/

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The VR Job Hub: PlayStation London Studio, XREAL Games & Tilt Five

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Every weekend VRFocus gathers together vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe to help make finding that ideal job easier. Below is a selection of roles that are currently accepting applications across a number of disciplines, all within departments and companies that focus on immersive entertainment.

Location Company Role Link
Remote XREAL Games Game/Level Designer Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio HR Intern – FTC 12 Months Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Lead 3D Character Artist Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Lead Online Programmer Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Lead Technical Artist Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Senior Game AI Programmer Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Senior Level/Mission Designer Click Here to Apply
San Francisco, CA Tilt Five Head of Communications Click Here to Apply
San Francisco, CA Tilt Five Software Engineering Manager Click Here to Apply
San Francisco, CA Tilt Five Software Engineer in Test Click Here to Apply
San Francisco, CA Tilt Five Systems Software Engineer Click Here to Apply

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well.

If you are an employer looking for someone to fill an immersive technology related role – regardless of the industry – don’t forget you can send us the lowdown on the position and we’ll be sure to feature it in that following week’s feature. Details should be sent to Peter Graham ([email protected]).

We’ll see you next week on VRFocus at the usual time of 3PM (UK) for another selection of jobs from around the world.

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Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/09/the-vr-job-hub-playstation-london-studio-xreal-games-tilt-five/

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Get Your Rally on This Month in Rec Room

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Social app Rec Room is holding its annual Rec Con event this weekend, three days of panels, concerts, special events and announcements. As part of today’s roster, Rec Room has just unveiled a brand new game that is playable on supported devices later this week, Rec Rally.

Rec Rally

Part of a new feature where Rec Room adds driveable cars to the social world, Rec Rally has been built in-house by the Rec Room team. Introducing a brand new off-road environment, up to six players can race around the track and compete for first place, utilising boosts, jumps and powerslides to their advantage.

As mentioned, this feature allows all player to participate, whether they’re on iOS or Android devices, in full virtual reality (VR) on an Oculus Quest 2, PC VR headset or PlayStation VR, or on a TV screen playing on the latest PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S.

Really though, Rec Rally is more of a showcase for the vehicle feature. This is the first time players can have a fully realized vehicle experience in Rec Room, with all the creator options users know and love. With the Rally buggies, they’ll be able to create their own driving experiences for their rooms inviting friends to come and test a new track.

Rec Rally

The buggies support multiple passengers and dual-wielding objects while driving, so whether you’re in the buggy by yourself or with a passenger, combat racing is all part of the fun. The buggies can be found in the ‘Beta Features’ section of the maker pen.

This continues a recent bevvy of updates for the social app, seeing Android support introduced in August and Rec Room host its own Reclympics. All aided by recent investment rounds that have brought Rec Room’s total funding to date to $149 million USD.

Rec Room’s Rec Rally update will be released this Wednesday, 29th September at 10 am PT (6 pm BST) for free. See the new feature in action below and for further updates on the latest Rec Room news, keep reading VRFocus.

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Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/09/get-your-rally-on-this-month-in-rec-room/

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‘Rec Room’ is Getting a Mario Kart-style Racer on September 29th, Trailer Here

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Rec Room, arguably the most successful social VR platform, today announced at its annual Rec Con conference that it’s getting a new go-kart racing mini-game that will let you duke it out against your friends and strangers in six-player online matches.

Called ‘Rec Rally’, the new mini-game is set to launch on September 29th, arriving for free on all supported platforms.

Like many of its bespoke mini-games and user-generated creations, Rec Rally will be available with cross-play support so you can race your friends on any platform.

We’re going hands-on before it launches, so make sure to check back soon for our impressions.

Rec Room’s outside financing, of which it now boasts a lifetime total of $149 million, has allowed the team to offer support to a wide range of devices over the past few years, now offering versions on Android, iOS, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC via Steam, Oculus Quest, and all SteamVR-compatible headsets.

Rec Room is free to play, however it’s been bolstered by its nascent digital economy where users can buy items using in-game tokens. One of the biggest additions of late is the ability for the platform’s premiums (paid) users to not only make and sell user-generated items for tokens, but also convert those tokens to real cash.

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Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/rec-room-rally-mario-kart-release/

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Competition: Win Wolf Attack on Steam

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Earlier this month indie team TomatoVR released its fifth virtual reality (VR), Wolf Attack, a wave shooter inspired by the Three Little Pigs nursery rhyme. Supporting PC VR headsets, this weekend VRFocus has got a bunch of Wolf Attack codes for our readers to win.

Wolf Attack

In Wolf Attack you play one of those three little pigs, trying to protect your home from those damn beasts. Featuring solo and multiplayer modes, in single-player it’s just you trying to protect the village using either shotguns or a bow and arrow. There are four waves to complete and you can heal yourself if needed, pretty simple stuff.

The multiplayer component is going to provide greater longevity by offering online PvP. You’re not directly fighting each other, instead, after choosing from one of six characters you’re both placed in fixed positions on the battlefield. Kill the most enemies to come out victorious.

Wolf Attack

So onto the competition. VRFocus has Steam codes for Wolf Attack to giveaway. There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway with the standard prize draw entry rules applying: Follow us (or already be following us) on Twitter (@VRFocus) or alternatively, visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to get an entry for each. The competition will be open until 11.59 pm BST on Thursday, 27th September 2021. The draw will be made shortly thereafter. Best of luck.

Competition: Win Wolf Attack on Steam

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Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/09/competition-win-wolf-attack-on-steam/

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