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Canon Unveils ‘Mixed Reality’ Imaging System

Creates the illusion that computer-generated visuals exist within the real world

Canon U.S.A. Inc., a provider of digital imaging solutions, introduces its Canon MREAL System for Mixed Reality, an imaging solution that simultaneously merges virtual objects with the real world, at full scale and in three dimensions.
By combining the real world and the flexibility offered by computer-generated images, MR offers an imaging experience that is a step ahead of existing virtual reality technology, which currently only produces computer-generated environments, the company says.
The MREAL System and its associated professional services inclusive of MR implementation, integration to customer systems, and custom development can benefit users in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, automotive, construction, aerospace, medical, defense and entertainment, Canon says.
“Canon has a very strong commitment to the augmented reality space, and by leveraging our strong heritage and leadership in optics, we intend to deliver solutions based upon Mixed Reality for use in industries including manufacturing, aerospace and entertainment,” said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, marketing, business imaging solutions group, Canon U.S.A.
The Canon MREAL System for Mixed Reality—which consists of a head-mounted display HM-A1 and the MR Platform Software MP-100—create the illusion that computer-generated visuals exist within the real world by deploying two video cameras inside a HMD located in front of each eye.
The cameras capture video from the real world, which is then processed and sent to a computer, Canon says. Using Canon image processing and directional-sensor data, the computer-generated graphics and the real world are combined with high precision and are displayed on the small monitors located inside the HMD.
An advanced optical system enlarges the video displayed on the small monitors to create high-impact, three-dimensional images, Canon says. The innovative and patented free-form prism features a unique three-sided configuration that produces clear, solid-looking images with low distortion, reducing the impact of optical aberrations, even in peripheral areas, and further enhances the realism of the experience, the company says.