Canon Reveals MD-20 Enterprise AR headset With High Resolution And FOV

Digital camera large Canon isn’t a serious participant within the augmented actuality headset area, but it surely has been promoting an $82,000 enterprise-class AR headset to Japanese clients since 2016. This week the corporate introduced a sequel that guarantees even higher-fidelity AR visuals — sufficient to “fuse the actual world with 3D CG in actual time” — for companies together with automotive makers.

Wanting extra like an optometrist’s instrument than a pair of glasses, the brand new Mreal Show mannequin MD-20 contains twin screens inside a black plastic housing, held in entrance of the person’s face with a big padded head ring. The odd design permits Canon to incorporate atypically high-resolution 2,560 x 1,600-pixel shows for every eye, and obtain a big 70-degree horizontal by 40-degree vertical discipline of view. Canon’s newest screens function at roughly 60 frames per second and canopy 99% of sRGB colours, utilizing graphics offered by a tethered PC.

One other factor is a front-facing digital camera with a “uniquely developed international shutter” that makes use of three CMOS sensors, matching the wearer’s line of sight with high-precision compositing of actual and computer-generated imagery. Canon claims that the MD-20 generates real-time spatial maps that exactly account for the person’s present location and discipline of view, in order that digital objects — the automotive on the precise, above — will seamlessly combine with actual ones, such because the automotive on the left. Elective exterior markers and sensors may also be used to supply 3D positioning information with out on-device mapping.

Past simply visualizing photorealistic 3D objects, MD-20 can show digital contact menu interfaces for controls and entry a number of functions — greater than 10, Canon says, together with third-party apps. The headset seems to be suitable with Mreal software program developed for the predecessor mannequin, MD-10, which had a narrower 60-degree horizontal discipline of view, 1,920 x 1,200-pixel decision, decrease colour gamut, and 54Hz body fee. Even in prototype kind, the brand new mannequin weighs solely 60% as a lot as its predecessor — 620 grams versus 1,040 — although Canon hopes to scale back the burden additional forward of its basic launch.

There’s no particular timeline or pricing but for MD-20’s sale to corporations, however the prior mannequin’s ¥9 million (~$82,260) price ticket means that it could possibly be sky excessive. That mentioned, elevated competitors within the enterprise AR area may deliver this mannequin nearer to earth: Firms corresponding to Varjo are providing enterprise-class combined actuality headsets within the $10,000 vary, combining AR and VR capabilities for companies. Customers occupied with seeing MD-20 in particular person can go to the 28th 3D & Digital Actuality Exhibition, operating from February 26-28 at Japan’s Makuhari Messe.

This publish by Jeremy Horwitz initially appeared on VentureBeat.