Technology Used in Mixed Reality Systems

Transforming Seeing into Experiencing. Combining the Reality in Front of You with Computer Graphics in Real Time

Canon's Mixed Reality (MR) Technology

Canon's MREAL is an MR system that combines such technologies as the optical hardware technology cultivated by Canon through the development of such mainstays as cameras and lenses., middleware technology and diverse application technologies adapted for different purposes. The system offers solutions for a broad range of fields.

2018/12/27Featured Technology

MREAL's Three Core Technologies


MR Hardware Technology

#Industrial equipment technologies#Imaging technologies#Mechanical engineering#Physics

Combining Canon's Optical Technologies to Achieve Compact, High-Resolution Mixed Reality

MR images are formed by combining 3D images with images of the real world seen at eye level; a departure from typical VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) technologies.

Images of the real world seen at eye level are sent to a PC and then merged with 3D images to present three-dimensional MR images to the eyes of the observer. MR equipment tends to be large, but Canon's free-form prism makes it possible to incorporate the necessary functions in a slim piece of hardware.


MR Middleware Technology

#Industrial equipment technologies#Mechanical engineering#Electrical engineering#Computer science#Physics

Faithfully Merging 3D Images with Real-World Space for Visualization Purposes

In such industries as manufacturing, construction and marketing, being able to create realistic 3D images of new products, buildings, equipment, materials, etc. in real-world space before they are physically completed makes dramatic improvements in manufacturing efficiency possible.

Canon's MR middleware utilizes CAD data obtained during the manufacturing design process in combination with high-precision alignment technology to form 3D images. This makes it possible to combine the real-world images used as input for MREAL's hardware with lifelike 3D images that are faithful to the design data in terms of size and the sense of distance.

MR Application Technology

#Industrial equipment technologies#IoT#Electrical engineering#Computer science

Works with own software and Third-party Applications to Handle Various Tasks

If MR can be used to complete tasks at the blueprint stage that would normally require a finished product, including prototype testing, ease-of-assembly verification and appearance comparisons, it can lead to increased development efficiency and reduced costs. It is also extremely convenient to be able to create 3D images of the flow of waste heat, which cannot be seen with the naked eye, and destructive-testing images in real-world space.

Canon MREAL works with a variety of applications to meet the needs of various industries. For example, Canon has provided Software Development Kits (SDKs), used to create 3D images based on images rendered in real time on PCs, to third-part application providers to facilitate MREAL compatibility. Canon's Visualizer is an easy-to-use, multifunction application that can convert industry-standard CAD data to 3D images.


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