DALLAS, TX (Siemens PLM Connection 2013) June 5, 2013 - Canon, a company we know best for their fine cameras, seems less intent on seeing things as they really are, but rather how you wish they were. With their MREAL virtual realiity system, they were show an NX model inside an existing, real world environment.
You enter this virtual reality with your hand in front of you. The cameras detects your position and the display shows your model with your hand on it and you virtually handle the part inside the real world.
How is this not what we have seen before and referred to as AR (augmeted reality)?
Just coming from the zSpace booth down the isle and wearing only a clip-on over my galsses to see a virtual model, the Canon head gear seems bulky and excessive. I am told it's still better that other VR head mounted displays which cut off the rest of the world. I think of deep diving helmets. You can see enough with MREAL to not trip over the furniture. And it has to be far less of an investment than a full blown CAVE.
Showing here for manufacturing use with NX, the MREAL could also be used in architecture, museums, and saftey trainging. Canon mentions oil rigs.
Now that you mention it, it would certrainly be nice to to run through an evacuation tunnel in a virtual oil rig rather than a real oil rig with flames licking your butt.
I'm not sure how you can use MREAL on the run as wires seem to tether the system to a computer, but let us continue.
MREAL has been available since February and the plug-in for NX is expected to be available soon.
In what appears to be a attempt to establish itself in virtual reality among users that may create good case studies, Canon will "work with you" to rather than quote a price for the system. The MREAL system was first used internally by Canon themselves to design their own products but now Canon must have realized that they can actually sell it to others.
For more information, see the Canon site at http://usa.canon.com/cusa/office/standard_display/Mixed_Reality_Overview