The Canon MREAL system is a portable system leveraging four key components: displays, the Canon Mixed Reality Platform Software, software plug-ins, and markers or positional sensors.
Canon offers a portfolio of options to immerse the user in the Mixed Reality experience. The display brings a view of virtual images seamlessly superimposed onto physical, real-world environments. Computer graphic files are overlaid with real-world images the user sees, which are then displayed in one view to create three-dimensional depth.
The display is available in three form factors:
• Head Mounted Display (HMD): The HMD allows users to immerse in the MR experience while having their hands free to attend to other tasks.
• Hand Held Display (HHD): Allowing users to simply look through the HHD like a pair of binoculars, the HHD is ideal for short viewing sessions or for groups and crowds.
• Network Camera: The network camera captures the MREAL experience from an alternate fixed viewing position for a third party perspective.
The platform software is designed to integrate with many concept models and workflows.
The MR Platform Software functions as a middleware solution with the ability to combine images of reality and your models rendered from 3D CAD and design applications. The platform also provides a software development kit (SDK) that can be used to integrate with other applications you might rely on regularly.
The Canon MREAL system is compatible with design software applications through a suite of plug-ins and viewers.
Canon offers software plug-ins to some of the most commonly used design and visualization tools. The plug-ins enable users to easily integrate MREAL into the existing workflow. • MR Visualizer: The MR Visualizer player allows various file formats to be translated and viewed in Mixed Reality. By exporting designs as a VRML file, the MR Visualizer player brings the data to life in an immersive and interactive experience.
To create an immersive, interactive experience, the Canon MREAL System supports multiple positioning solutions.• Optical Cameras: Ideal for permanent, large-scale installations of Mixed Reality, optical cameras offer wide-range positioning coverage for the MREAL system. Canon also interfaces with other leading optical cameras through VRPN.