This week Japanese company Canon unveiled the MR System, an augmented reality visualizing tool specifically created for industrial design.
The Canon MR consists of a series of linked up headsets that allow the wearers to see the same virtual images. This means a design team could work on development of a new product without actually building a prototype. The headset tracks each user’s point of view and alters the image based on the angle they are looking from. Designers can even interact and move with the virtual images by using a special remote.
The introduction of the Canon MR System makes the viewing of full-scale three-dimensional computer generated images possible, and lets designers alter those images to evaluate their design and operability. This innovation from Canon could help reduce the number of prototypes required during development, contributing to minimized costs and environmental impact.
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