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Canon Announces MREAL X1 – A Mixed Reality Headset with a Larger FOV

Canon’s tethered headset is a passthrough XR device, which literally passes real-world imagery through a pair of front-facing camera sensors, unlike standalone augmented reality headsets such as HoloLens 2 or Magic Leap 2.

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Canon announced its next enterprise XR headset, the MREAL X1.

 

The device, which offers passthrough AR, appears to be a modestly upgraded version of the company’s 2021 model, MREAL S1, as it boasts a field of view (FOV) that’s “2.5 times larger.”

Canon Japan says it has been able to expand the FOV from its MREAL S1’s 45 degrees by 34 degrees to MREAL X1’s 58 degrees by 60 degrees. The headset is said to make use of Canon’s proprietary display panels and optical technology.

The display resolution has also increased from 1,600 × 1,200 pixels per eye in MREAL S1 to 1,920 × 2,160 pixels per eye in the new X1 model.

Canon MD-20 Headset

It appears that Canon Japan is also offering an optional grip-style handheld display configuration. The workings of the device are very similar to 2020’s Canon MREAL Display MD-20, which includes the halo headset strap system with a front-facing adjustment knob.

On Canon Japan’s website, the company highlights the headset’s biggest upgrade citing:

“In particular, by expanding the longitudinal viewing angle, which was often requested by users, it is possible to check the entire view area without moving the head greatly.”

Although the announcement video is dubbed in English, Canon has not made supporting information available in anything but the Japanese language, which suggests it is targeting the domestic market again.

You will need to partner with Canon Japan to get a pricing list because the headset price is marked as open. If the steeply-priced MD-20 model is any indication, it is in the range of 10s of thousands of U.S. dollars.

Canon’s tethered headset is a passthrough XR device, which literally passes real-world imagery through a pair of front-facing camera sensors, unlike standalone augmented reality headsets such as HoloLens 2 or Magic Leap 2.

Learn more on the Canon’s MReal X1 Specs.

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