Canon Unveils Enterprise-focused AR Headset ‘MREAL Display MD-20’ – Road to VR

Japanese tech big Canon right this moment unveiled its subsequent enterprise-focused AR headset which goals to exchange its MREAL Show MD-10, which the corporate launched in Japan in mid-2016 for the astounding price ticket of ¥9 million (~$82,300).

The PC-tethered AR headset, dubbed MREAL Show MD-20, doesn’t have a launch date or worth but, though Canon is displaying off the gadget at this yr’s 3D & Digital Actuality Exhibition (IVR), which will probably be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan from February 26th to 28th. The information was first reported by Japanese publication MoguraVR (Japanese).

Like its predecessor, the MREAL Show MD-20 goes to be bought on the Japanese market, and is couched as a enterprise assist software for the manufacturing trade comparable to vehicle makers.

Canon Unveils Enterprise-focused AR Headset 'MREAL Show MD-20' – Street to VR 7Picture courtesy Canon

MD-20’s enhancements over MD-10 embrace a brand new CMOS sensor with international shutter, one thing the corporate says will “precisely seize real-world photographs with out distortion.”

The MD-20 can also be stated to have expanded the show panel’s shade gamut, which boasts 2,560 × 1,600 per eye decision, and widened the horizontal area of view by a just some levels, now 70° (horizontal) and 40° (vertical); MD-10 incorporates a 60° horizontal and 40° vertical FOV.

The CMOS sensor can also be used for positional monitoring by producing a real-time spatial map, though companies should purchase add-on extras comparable to visible markers and optical sensors (bought individually).

The MD-20 is admittedly nonetheless beneath growth, with Canon nonetheless aiming at additional miniaturization and weight discount along with engaged on its room-scale positioning.

MREAL Show MD-20 Specs

Discipline of View
Approx. 70° (horizontal) × 40° (vertical)
Show decision
2,560 × 1,600 per eye
Show frequency
Sensor Decision
2,560 × 2,048 per eye
Sensor Discipline of View 
81° (horizontal) × 69° (vertical)
MREAL show physique + head mount unit

The headset itself doesn’t have an official price ticket but, with the corporate merely stating for companies to contact a Canon seller, but when its ¥9 million (~$82,300) predecessor tells us something, it’s going to be fairly costly.

Not solely that, however the headset additionally has a ton of high-priced equipment too. Needless to say ¥100,000 is round $915, which places most of the bits seen beneath (not to mention the headset itself) properly out of the vary of anybody however essentially the most well-funded companies.

Product Title
Value (excluding tax)
MREAL Attachable Handles
¥ 85,000
MREAL Show MD-20 devoted accent Permits hand-held use of MREAL Show
MREAL Optical Sensor Attachment
¥ 100,000
MREAL optical sensor appropriate attachment
MREAL Magnetic Sensor
¥ 60,000
MREAL system frequent, magnetic sensor appropriate attachment
MREAL marker board (A3 dimension)
¥ 40,000
Marker board, A3 dimension similar to the spatial function perform of MREAL Platform
MREAL marker carpet
¥ 150,000
MREAL system frequent Carpet with MREAL markers positioned (printed). For moveable use of MREAL system
Entrance Entry Package
¥ 200,000
MREAL show MD-20 / MD-10, interface cable connector is on the entrance aspect, simplifying cable removing and insertion
Interface cable (20m)
¥ 130,000
MREAL show MD-20 / MD-10 frequent, interface cable (20m)


Compared to Fb, Magic Leap, and Microsoft, Canon has been in considerably of a backseat place in terms of AR/VR growth. The corporate has produced just a few AR headsets, and even teased an enormous hand-held VR headset too in 2015, though nothing that appears to have left Japanese shores in any considerable portions. As a number one producer in digicam sensors although, Canon is in a singular place now to enter AR/VR extra critically, as inside-out digicam sensor-based monitoring is turning into an ordinary throughout the trade.

With its older MD-10 platform, the corporate has labored with Japanese firms comparable to Toyota Motor Firm, East Japan Railway Firm, Japan’s Nationwide Science Museum, and the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.