Canon Announces MREAL S1, a Portable Enterprise AR Headset for Mobile Workstations – Road to VR

Canon introduced a brand new entry into its AR headset hardware class referred to as MREAL S1. The corporate’s newest enterprise-focused headset gives passthrough AR and may be strapped to each a head mount for hands-free viewing, or a housing meant for handheld interactions.

In contrast to the MREAL Show MD-20, which was unveiled earlier this yr, you may describe MREAL S1 as technically a VR headset with passthrough AR, which is achieved by the inclusion of stereoscopic digital camera sensors on the entrance of the system and VR shows, offering a ‘combined actuality’ view to the person. The headset additionally consists of two extra optical sensors for positional monitoring.

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Canon Japan hasn’t launched specs, costs or availability but, nevertheless the corporate says on its Japan-facing website “the smallest and lightest video see-through MR system within the historical past of MREAL.”

MREAL S1 requires a PC tether to operate (ie. not a standalone headset), nevertheless the corporate says its been created to work with cell workstations, and is each cheaper and extra transportable than its predecessors, the MD-20 and 2016-era MD-10. After all, some extent of that portability is owed by the headset’s notable lack of any type of light-blocking blinders, though that’s been a design selection the corporate has made with all of their MREAL headsets so far.

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As you’d think about with any enterprise-focused AR headset, the head-mount model of MREAL S1 is designed for work with industrial functions, which could require two fingers akin to CAD software program. The hand held model nevertheless was created for simpler use at exhibitions.

Each MD-20 and MD-10 embrace this degree of convertibility, nevertheless MREAL S1 is considerably smaller in dimension, slimming right down to in regards to the dimension of a smartphone. Its handheld configuration can be a lot much less ungainly, as Canon has completed away with the enormous handles seen in earlier fashions.

Like its earlier AR headsets, MREAL S1 is more likely to be a Japan-only system for firms there trying to associate with the Canon.

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