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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 Platform software powers the Mixed Reality experience.  This Canon-proprietary software functions as a middleware solution with the ability to combine images of reality and your models rendered from 3D CAD and design applications.  This versatile tool enables enterprises to leverage content from designers, engineers, and programmers and transform them into immersive and interactive experiences.

As a user looks through the MREAL display, stereoscopic video images are captured from the real world and fed back to a computer.  Here, the MREAL Platform Software overlays the computer graphics files onto the real-world images seen by the user.  This combined image is then displayed back through the headset to create three-dimensional depth so that the user can explore the file in real time as an immersive and interactive experience.

Now offering advanced auto-exposure techniques and improved white balance functions, the Mixed Reality world can be viewed with a crisp, clear view on both real and virtual content. Intricate details, such as small text, become core to the experience for a truly impactful visualization.

The MREAL Platform Software has been designed as a flexible tool to empower customers to maximize the potential of Mixed Reality in their workflow.  Marker detection and image display settings can be calibrated for optimal tracking and performance suited to the environment.  In addition, profiles can be built for your different environments with custom configurations that can be saved and reloaded later.   Furthermore, if the system is moved from one room to another, you can save time by recalling your previously defined environment and display settings.

The MREAL Platform Software's masking capabilities offer an intuitive chroma key mechanism to allow users to include their hands and other real objects in the Mixed Reality scene.  This feature enables greater realism, empowering the user to explore the virtual objects using their hands as an intuitive interface.

The system is also compatible with a variety of positional tracking technologies in order to determine the placement of the user in relation to the virtual object.  Click here to find out more about the specific tracking options that are available for the MREAL System.  In addition, up to 15 individual trackable targets can exist simultaneously in the Mixed Reality experience – enabling users to manipulate multiple dynamic objects all within the one experience.

Finally, the platform also provides a software development kit (SDK) that can be used to integrate with other applications that enterprises may rely on regularly.

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MREAL Platform Software

OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate (Enterprise) SP1 (64-bit)
BROWSER Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher
BASIC REQUIREMENTS The basic requirements for CPU, memory, and hard disk space vary, depending on the environment you are using.

For more details, please visit usa.canon.com/mixedreality/contactus to have 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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