This is an interesting short movie about life in the (near) future. From hobbies to simple household chores, to dating and instantaneous information access. The main character’s creepy way of smiling adds to the discomforting end.
Canon will be releasing a mixed reality system late next month. The system will immerse users in an interactive environment that combines physical and virtual objects. It uses high-precision, high-speed image processing to synthesize real-time images which will look as big as their real-world counterparts.
Although expected to be useful in several industries, Canon is set to initially market the augmented reality system to the industrial design sector. Here, the system can make product design and planning faster as well as cheaper since product evaluations can be done using virtual or CG data instead of physical models.
You can see the head-mounted display (HMD) and the software for moving the HMD in this video:
A stereo camera built into the HMD captures the real-world images. The camera’s optical axes are aligned with the light entering the pupil. The lens, called a free-curve prism, highly magnifies the pictures on the display, making the images look large, while keeping the system small.
If needed, motion capture sensors, markers, and gyro sensors can be used to align position. Canon also aims to offer developers an SDK to enable them to develop their own MR applications.