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Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:29:25 PM »
Hoping to get a 5D Mark IV Soon?
Canon has launched some kind of virtual/augmented reality platform for quicker and most cost effective product development. It looks like the technology allows designers to change designs on the fly. So if you wanted to move a button on a camera and figure out how it feels ergonomically, you can do it far quicker than chiseling out a new mockup.

Read more at EOSHD and press release after the break.

Canon launches new MR (Mixed Reality) System, contributing to shorter development times during product design
TOKYO, June 18, 2012—Canon Inc., Canon Marketing Japan Inc., and Canon IT Solutions Inc. announced today the introduction in Japan of the MR (Mixed Reality) System, a product design tool that merges the real and virtual worlds to contribute to reduced development times during the product design process. The new system will be available in late July of this year.

As product lifecycles grow progressively shorter, it has become increasingly necessary for the manufacturing industry to introduce products to the market in a timely manner. The new Canon MR System makes possible the viewing of full-scale three-dimensional CG (computer generated) images that instantly react to changes in a user’s direction or movements, supporting the design process by allowing users to evaluate a product’s design and operability. During the design phase, the system can help reduce the number of prototypes required and, in addition to shortening the amount of time spent on development, can contribute to minimizing costs and environmental impact. Pricing will vary depending on system configurations in accordance with usage requirements.

MR System Case Studies, Future Development
Canon’s MR System can be used not only during the design process, but also in a wide variety of applications. For example, the system can produce simulations enabling users to ascertain the optimal layout of production equipment at a manufacturing site before installation, making possible the review of work efficiency and safety by allowing users to walk through the plant and see potential equipment layouts firsthand. The system can also support sales activities by simulating actual products for customers, enabling them to handle and view the products from different angles, ensuring specifications satisfy all customer needs. Other possible applications include assessing interior layouts when renovating a home. Canon aims to expand applications for the new system into a wide range of fields in the future, such as surgical procedure simulations.

Sales Strategy
Sales activities for the new Canon MR System will initially focus on the industrial design and other design fields—areas that are progressively making use of three-dimensional data. Canon IT Solutions, a key company in the Canon Marketing Japan Group, will lead sales for the new system in the Japanese market. The company will offer customized systems based on customer needs, drawing from its rich experience cultivated in the area of solutions utilizing 3D-CAD. Canon marketing companies outside of Japan will consider future sales activities in their respective markets.

Canon will be displaying the MR System at the company’s booth during the 20th 3D & Virtual Reality Expo (IVR), one of largest 3-D technology and imaging technology exhibitions in Asia, from June 20 to 22, 2012, at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center.

About Canon MR System
MR, or mixed reality, is an image data processing technology that seamlessly integrates the real and virtual worlds in real time. By making use of the rich visual information of the real world and the flexibility offered by CG images, it offers an imaging experience that is a step ahead of existing VR (virtual reality) technology, which only makes use of CG environments.

Recently utilized in gaming, advertising and other applications, AR (augmented reality), one type of MR technology, superimposes CG images onto the real world. By contrast, Canon’s MR System allows users to experience full-scale CG images from any point of view. Furthermore, by seamlessly combining CG images with real-world environments, the system creates the illusion that the CG visuals actually exist within the real world.

MR System Concept


Two video cameras inside the head-mounted display (HMD), one each located in front of the left and right eyes, capture video from the real world, which is then sent to a computer.

Through image processing and positioning and directional sensor data, or alignment technology that combines both types of information, the CG visuals in the computer and the real-world environment are combined with high precision and displayed on the small monitors located inside of the HMD.

An optical system, comprising cutting-edge technologies, enlarges the video displayed on the small monitors to create high-impact three-dimensional images.

Main Features of the MR System
1. Newly developed video see-through HMD utilizing advanced optical technology

Even though the images are delivered through a video feed, by matching the video cameras’ optical axes with those of the light entering the eyes from the small displays, the system delivers a realistic experience, creating the impression that visuals are being seen with the naked eye.

Employing a free-form prism featuring a unique three-sided configuration, the MR System produces beautiful images with low distortion in peripheral areas caused by optical aberrations.

2. High-precision alignment technology utilizing image processing technologies

Canon specially developed registration markers for the MR System that, through image processing, enable proper CG positioning within real-world environments. Based on the markers captured by the HMD’s video cameras, the system is capable of gauging the HMD’s position and orientation in real time. The displayed CG visuals are aligned with the HMD’s position and orientation, which is estimated one frame at a time, making possible integrated video that instantaneously reacts to changes in a user’s position or movement.

The MR System also supports optical- and magnetic-type sensors based on usage needs.

Souce: [EOS] via Canon Global

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Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:29:25 PM »

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Re: Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012, 05:04:18 PM »
sooo... you design it, they create it for you?  Are they just gathering ideas for future releases and design concepts?  Is this a big waste of time having fun with a virtual camera?  Can you plug in your current camera and resign or reassign all the buttons and functions to how you want them?  Not quite sure what to make of this. 
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Re: Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012, 05:36:24 PM »
Not quite sure what to make of this.
It looks like the technology allows designers to change designs on the fly. So if you wanted to move a button on a camera and figure out how it feels ergonomically, you can do it far quicker than chiseling out a new mockup.
It basically seems like it has no affect on 99.9% of consumers. Only those that already do design that might be interested in how a high end company is innovating their R&D process to keep time and cost down.

So, maybe it means the 5dIV will cost $3400 instead of $3500

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Re: Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012, 05:41:32 PM »
I think this is the key paragraph. That and the likelihood they will sell the software to other designers in other fields.

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During the design phase, the system can help reduce the number of prototypes required and, in addition to shortening the amount of time spent on development, can contribute to minimizing costs and environmental impact.
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Re: Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012, 05:51:52 PM »
Canon stop designing and releasing stuff that most people do not need nor want.

Fix the 50 1.4.
Revamp the 35mmL
Make a 14-24L
Add IS to the 135L
Make your DO patents real.
Make a High MP body to compete with d800.
Release a mirror less system that doesnt suck.
Make more pancakes.



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Re: Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2012, 06:16:11 PM »
Great. So...they can design a new product with fewer cycles of physical prototypes.  Wonderful.  Except...that doesn't seem to be the bottleneck.  The 1D X was announced in final design form 8 months ago, and still isn't available.  The lag from design lock and announcement was even longer for the new 500/600 supertele lenses.  Unless Canon's new mixed reality system can alleviate production bottlenecks, it seems like a solution wandering around in search of a problem.
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Re: Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2012, 07:17:00 PM »
The question on my mind is "will it blend?"

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Re: Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2012, 07:23:36 AM »
I think this is the key paragraph. That and the likelihood they will sell the software to other designers in other fields.

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During the design phase, the system can help reduce the number of prototypes required and, in addition to shortening the amount of time spent on development, can contribute to minimizing costs and environmental impact.

I think it is clear that this was NOT used by Canon on the 1D X... everything in red in the above quote is exactly what we are seeing with the 1D X. Or maybe the 1D X felt so real in their virtual world that they forgot it wasn't built yet  ;D

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Re: Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2012, 11:12:17 AM »
Here is an interesting video, courtesy of DigInfo

Mixed Reality system from Canon fuses real and virtual worlds #DigInfo

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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2012, 11:12:17 AM »