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Learn about the growing world of the Canon MREAL System for Mixed Reality.  Visit the MREAL showcase page to explore customer testimonials, and key uses across a range of enterprise fields.

Watch a video overview about the Canon MREAL System for Mixed Reality.

The MREAL system is designed to integrate into an enterprise workflow.

What Is Mixed Reality


Mixed Reality is the process of combining the real world together with virtual images.  The result is an interactive and immersive experience allowing users to be immersed in 3D models while retaining a view of their real world context.  Designed specifically for enterprise customers, MREAL offers more realism than conventional virtual reality, enabling users to see, experience, and interact with their concepts as if they were lifelike experiences.

The Canon MREAL System for Mixed Reality is a hardware-software combination that allows enterprise organizations to bring 3D models to life for more immersive engineering, design, education, training, and interaction.  The technology leverages four key components to include:


  1. Canon MREAL Displays – The display brings a view of virtual images seamlessly superimposed onto physical, real-world environments. Computer graphic files are overlaid with real-world images the user sees, which are then displayed in one view to create three-dimensional depth. Canon's portfolio of display options includes multiple form factors: the MREAL Display MD-10, HM-A1 Head-Mounted Display (HMD), HH-A1 Hand Held Display (HHD), and in conjunction with a Canon Network Camera.
  2. Canon MREAL Platform Software – The MREAL system is designed to integrate into a customer's existing workflow. Canon's proprietary MREAL Platform is a middleware solution for viewing designs from leading 3D CAD and design applications in Mixed Reality with the MREAL Display.
  3. Plug-Ins & MREAL Visualizer – The MREAL system supports a series of direct plug-ins to third party applications such as 3DEXCITE DELTAGEN and Unity. With an easy-to-use interface embedded directly within the native application, plug-ins enable 3D models to transition into Mixed Reality with the same specifications, animations, and precision just as they were originally designed. In addition, Canon also offers customers the option to leverage the proprietary MREAL Visualizer software to bring various CAD files to life within the MREAL system. MREAL Visualizer is compatible with selected software applications and file extensions including: CATIA (V4, V5, V6), Siemens NX, Creo, SOLIDWORKS, JT, STEP, and IGES.
  4. Positional Tracking - To create an immersive, interactive experience, the Canon MREAL System supports multiple positioning solutions including third-party optical cameras, magnetic sensors, and Canon-proprietary markers that can be configured in a number of ways. Click here to find more information about the specific tracking options that are available for the MREAL system.

The MREAL System's components work together to create a powerful visualization platform to drive new levels of interaction and immersion for enterprise organizations. 

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The MREAL Head-Mounted Display (HMD) leverages state-of-the-art imaging technologies to create an immersive experience.  This form factor enables users to immerse in the Mixed Reality experience while having their hands free to attend to other tasks.

The HMD attaches to the viewer's head via an adjustable strap, allowing for the user to use both of their hands to manipulate objects.  This form factor includes the same core technology as the MREAL Hand-Held Display (HHD).

The HMD comprises two stereoscopic video cameras, located in front of each eye, that capture video from the real world, which is then processed and sent to a computer.  Using state-of-the-art Canon image processing and directional-sensor data, the computer-generated graphics and the real world are combined with high precision and are displayed on the small monitors located inside the HMD.  The result is a seamless view of the real and virtual images combined together so that the user views the model at full, life-size scale.

The HMD's advanced optical system enlarges the video displayed on the small monitors to create high-impact, three-dimensional images. The innovative and patented free-form prism features a unique three-sided configuration that produces clear, solid-looking images with low distortion, reducing the impact of optical aberrations, even in peripheral areas, and further enhances the realism of the experience.

For additional MREAL display configurations, please visit the product detail page for MREAL Display MD-10, MREAL Hand Held Display (HHD) and MREAL Network Camera.

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VIEWING ANGLE Horizontal: 41°
Vertical: 31°
IMAGING RANGE 60° horizontally (VGA)
WEIGHT HMD: 640g (approximate; without cable)
Controller: 1520g (approximate)

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Tracking Options


To offer customers the maximum flexibility for their particular needs, the Canon MREAL System for Mixed Reality supports a range of positional tracking solutions.


  • Optical Cameras: Ideal for permanent, large-scale installations of Mixed Reality, optical cameras offer wide-range positioning coverage for the MREAL system. Compatible Optical Sensors include products from: Vicon , OptiTrack , and ART Motion Analysis. In addition, the MREAL system also interfaces with other leading optical cameras through VRPN.
  • Magnetic Sensors: Magnetic sensors are a flexible solution offering an MR experience best suited for smaller, more compact spaces. Compatible Magnetic Sensors include: POLHEMUS FASTRAK .
  • Markers: Canon-produced registration markers are a cost effective solution that allows for a tactile dimension that enhances the realism of the MR experience. In addition, a carpet marker configuration offers a highly-portable solution, allowing the system to be easily transported to different locations.
  • Gyroscopic Sensors: The gyroscopic sensor allows the system to maintain tracking even when rotated out of view of a sensor in order to heighten the sense of realism. Compatible Gyroscopic Sensors include: InterSense InertiaCube.
  • Other devices that support the Virtual Reality Peripheral Network (VRPN) Standard.


Canon Visualization Consultants will work closely with your team, taking into account your goals and requirements, in order to advise on the best configuration for your environment. Learn more about Canon's MREAL Consultative Services here.

*Note: separate purchases may be necessary.

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Contact Us

Learn more about the possibilities of Mixed Reality for your business. Simply submit your information via our Contact Request Form , and a Canon sales representative will follow up with you.

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Effects in some images are simulated. Certain images shown are not taken with the MREAL system.

† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

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