Canon Debuts 2.5K VR Kit at 2015 Expo

The past 2 years have seen plenty of big names from the technology industry get involved with virtual reality (VR). While Oculus VR may have kick started the movement with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), the likes of Samsung, Valve, HTC and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) have followed closely behind. This weekend saw another group add its name to that list – Canon. The Japanese company, mainly known for its work with high-quality cameras, had its own HMD to show off at its 2015 Expo earlier this month.

According to Popular Science, which provided one of the images below, Canon’s VR HMD was revealed as a ‘secret’ prototype during the event. The pictures prove it to look very different to any other VR HMD that’s come before it, with 2 handles sitting at the bottom that give it the appearance of a periscope more than a competitor to the Oculus Rift. Users hold the kit’s pair of lenses up to their eyes with these handles. It doesn’t appear to be possible to strap the kit around a head, though keep in mind this is still very much a prototype.

The device also impresses in terms of specs. It features 2 2560×1440 displays, both of which at 5.5-inches in size. This gives the user a 120 degree field of view (FOV). While 360 degree head-tracking is supported, it doesn’t appear that any positional tracking solution is included. Apparently a video was shown on the device which itself was recorded at a 56000×28000 resolution. A wire is attached to the bottom of one of the handles and ran to an ‘undisclosed location’, suggesting that the kit is tethered to another device and not independent.

The footage on display had been captured by Canon’s own camera solutions, including 6D cameras, and a 24-camcorder setup. The company has not yet mentioned any possible consumer release for the kit. VRFocus will continue to follow Canon’s work in VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.

Credit: Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science
Credit: Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science