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MREAL Display MD-10

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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.

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 MD-10 Display includes a series of newly-enhanced features that heighten the quality and realism of the overall experience.


Overview: The MREAL Display is the core of the Mixed Reality experience, immersing the user in life-like visualization. A product of Canon’s optical heritage, the MD-10 Display features two stereoscopic cameras that capture live video of the real world. The cameras, enhanced to a higher resolution in the MD-10 Display, are located in front of each eye to capture video from the real world. This video feed is sent to a computer to be combined with the computer-generated images which are then displayed back through the display. The viewer sees the combined view of the real and virtual images together in order to see their 3D models at full, life-size scale.


New to the MD-10 Display are two additional registration cameras built directly into the sides of the display. These cameras provide additional capabilities for highly accurate and precise tracking requirements involving positioning markers placed on the floor or ceiling.


Field of View: The MREAL Display MD-10 offers an expanded field of view of 68 degrees (60 degrees horizontally x 40 degrees vertically). This broader perspective enables users to absorb more of the scene, both vertically and horizontally, as they experience the visualization. The added perspective also allows for the inclusion of important peripheral objects, thus deepening the immersion of the experience.


Enhanced Resolution: The MREAL Display MD-10 features enhanced resolution enabling viewers to examine their 3D models while seeing the real world as a clear and vibrant image.


Flexibility:  With the MREAL MD-10 Display’s interchangeable form factors, users can easily convert from a hands-free to hand-held configuration, which is ideal for short viewing sessions. Built-in buttons on the display can be programmed to give the user greater control over key commands while remaining fully immersed in the Mixed Reality experience.


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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, ART and 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 a Mixed Reality experience best suited for smaller, more compact spaces. Compatible magnetic sensors include: Polhemus FASTRAK .
  • Markers: Magnetic sensors are a flexible solution offering a Mixed Reality experience best suited for smaller, more compact spaces. In addition, a carpet marker configuration allows the system to be 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 and MicroStrain GX4.
  • 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.

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Canon offers a series of optional accessories for the MREAL Display MD-10 including:
  • Handheld Unit (HH-10)
  • Interface Cable Extension – 20m length
  • Immersive Panel
  • Attachment Mounting Base
  • Inertial Sensor Mounting Kit
  • Front Access Kit
  • Two Computer Configuration Kit

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DISPLAY SYSTEM Field of View / Display Angle Approx. 68° (diagonal) - 60° (horizontal) x 40° (vertical)
  Display Resolution 1920x1200 (WUXGA)
  Display Mode 3D Display
SHOOTING SYSTEM Image Angle Approx. 73° (diagonal) - 66° (horizontal) x 40° (vertical)
  Image Resolution 1920x1080 (FULL HD)
  Exposure Adjustment Auto, manual
  White Balance Adjustment One-click, manual
SYSTEM IMAGE OUTPUT Resolution WUXGA(1920x1200)
  Frequency Approx. 54Hz.
  During Ordinary Operations Approx. 36W
SIZE Display with Head-Mount Unit Approx. 235(W) x 139(H) x 245(D) mm
WEIGHT Display with Head-Mount Unit Approx. 1040g
CONNECTION TERMINALS Display Unit Jack for Interface Cable ( x1)
  Interface Board Jack for Interface Cable (x1)
Mini DisplayPort Terminal (x4)
PCI Express 2.0(Gen2) x4(x1)
MREAL Platform Software: Hardware Requirements

The basic requirements for CPU, memory, and hard disk space vary, depending on the environment you are using. 

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OS: Windows  64 bit
  Optical sensor Vicon, Natural Point OptiTrack, ART, and Motion Analysis and others through both direct connections as well as the Virtual-Reality Peripheral Network (VRPN) Standard.
  Gyroscopic sensor MicroStrain GX4

InterSense InertiaCube 3, InterSense Inertia Cube 4, InterSense InertiaCube NC
  Other devices that support the Virtual-Reality Peripheral Network (VRPN) Standard

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

This is a class A product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures

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

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