Canon Announces MREAL X1 Enterprise Headset with Larger FOV – Road to VR

Canon introduced its subsequent enterprise XR headset, MREAL X1. The system, which provides passthrough AR, seems to be a modestly upgraded model of the corporate’s 2021 mannequin, MREAL S1, because it boasts a discipline of view (FOV) that’s “2.5 instances bigger.”

The headset, which is detailed in an English language video (seen beneath), is claimed to utilize Canon’s proprietary show panels and optical expertise, one thing the corporate says has allowed it to develop from MREAL S1’s quoted 45° × 34° to MREAL X1’s 58° × 60°.

The show decision has additionally elevated from 1,600 × 1,200 per eye in MREAL S1 to 1,920 × 2,160 per eye within the new X1 mannequin.

Canon Declares MREAL X1 Enterprise Headset with Bigger FOV – Highway to VR 9Picture courtesy Canon

It seems the corporate can also be providing an optionally available grip-style handheld show configuration, successfully working just like the one for Canon MREAL Show MD-20, which was launched in 2020. The halo headset strap system, with front-facing adjustment knob, seems to be similar to final yr’s mannequin as effectively.

“Specifically, by increasing the longitudinal viewing angle, which was typically requested by customers, it’s attainable to examine the whole view space with out shifting the pinnacle tremendously,” Canon says in its Japanese language website, underlining the headset’s greatest improve.

Though the announcement video is dubbed in English, Canon has not made supporting data out there in something however the Japanese language, which suggests it’s once more primarily concentrating on its home market prefer it has with different MREAL headsets previously.

Moreover, the headset’s worth is marked as “open,” which suggests you’ll possible have to companion with Canon Japan to get a pricing checklist. That mentioned, if the steeply priced MD-20 mannequin is any indication, it’s in all probability within the vary of 10s of 1000’s of U.S. dollars.

Not like standalone AR headsets comparable to HoloLens 2 or Magic Leap 2, which characteristic wave guide-based see-through optics, Canon’s tethered headset is a passthrough XR system, which accurately passes real-world imagery by way of a pair of front-facing digital camera sensors and blends it with digital pictures on a totally opaque typical show.

If you wish to be taught extra about completely different AR show strategies, take a look at our primer on the variations between smartglasses and AR glasses.


MREAL X1 Connection MREAL Show Physique devoted terminals for interface cables (×1) interface board Devoted Interface Cable Terminal (×1)
Mini DisplayPort Terminal (×1)
PCI Specific (Gen3) ×four Card Edge (×1) interface field Interface Cable Devoted Terminal (×1)
AC Adapter Terminal (×1)
PC Connection Cable Terminal (×1) Dimension MREAL Show physique
(head mount unit, interface cable not included) Approx. 158 mm (W) ×86 mm (H) ×38 mm (D) MREAL Show physique + head mount unit
(minimal state, interface cable not included) Approx. 186 mm (W) × 150 mm (H) × 250 mm (D) mass MREAL Show physique
(head mount unit, interface cable not included) roughly 158g MREAL Show physique + head mount unit
(minimal state, interface cable not included) roughly 359g Cable Size interface cable approx. 10m (20m optionally available accent) show system show angle of view approx. 58° (horizontal) ×60° (vertical) show decision*four approx. 3840 × 2160
(1920×2160 pictures on every left and proper show) show frequency Roughly 120Hz*5 IPD Help Vary IPD vary approx. 55 to 78 mm
(adjustment vary) approx. 57 mm to 76 mm

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