Canon introduced points MR with future-oriented form-factor and design.
The main part of the MR points is composed of an optical module, which is either clamped in the holder for the head, so that his hands be free, or held hands before face. In the latter case, the optical module is combined with an additional shell, which at the same time, probably, has the purpose to shield the periphery of the field of view from the outside world.
In the optical module has four built-in cameras facing outward. The first pair is responsible for spatial tracking, and the second pair removes the outside world and transmits the image directly to the display in front of the eyes, which can be added digital elements.
The official website States that MR points can easily combine computer graphics and real space.
Very small, but not self-sufficient
Feature points is Canon MR slim form factor optical module: displays and lens integrated into the device, which is roughly in the shape and size corresponds to the smartphone.
Canon calls it “the smallest and lightest of MR-device in the history MREAL”. If you compare S1 with earlier devices in the product line MREAL, such as the MD-20 and MD-10, sure it is.
The decision of MR not seems to be completely self-sufficient for the first product images shown cable, lead, for example, to the smartphone. Canon says “compatibility with mobile workstations”. The exact specifications of MR points is still unknown.
Can be used for virtual reality
The second close-up shows the device in the shell, which serves for shielding the outer world. Thus, you can also use the device as a pure VR points.
As earlier devices MR, the product is intended for companies, particularly car manufacturers. Via mobile mixed-reality car designers must be able to project the design directly in physical space and thus save time in product development. Canon mentions virtual product demonstrations at trade venues and exhibitions as an additional application scenario.
As ambitious nor looked design Canon, it is not completely new: in summer, French startup Lynx introduced a similar design of MR-points, in which the processor is embedded directly in the optical module. Thus, Lynx points have the advantage of a standalone device.