Acer claims to have developed a method for displaying holographic 3D graphics on a laptop.
“SpatialLabs” is the name of the technology, and it promises to help graphic artists visualize their work better. The system will be unveiled on Thursday, ahead of Computex, utilizing a specially designed Acer ConceptD notebook.
A stereoscopic 3D display, an eye-tracking camera, and real-time rendering technologies on the PC are used to power the system. When the technologies are combined, they can provide the impression that objects are emerging from the display.
According to Acer, “content literally floats in front of the screen, allowing creators to evaluate their creations in real-time and 360 degrees—without the need for specialist glasses.”
We’re waiting to see the technology in person before passing judgment. This year’s Computex is a virtual gathering due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, Acer has published a video that attempts to replicate how the laptop’s 3D pictures might appear to a real user.
The eye-tracking happens at the top of the laptop, which is equipped with a two-lens stereo camera that can monitor your head and eyes as you move around the laptop, according to Acer. The laptop then uses this information to generate distinct angles for each of your eyes using the stereoscopic 3D display.
The cost was not revealed. However, Acer sees a market for the technology among 3D artists, who are often limited to seeing their work on a standard PC monitor.
“The SpatialLabs Model Viewer solves this barrier by offering designers with an additional dimension to work with straight out of the box,” the business added. For everyday tasks, the laptop’s 3D stereoscopic panel can be switched to a 2D perspective, thereby turning the device into an ordinary notebook.
Through a SpatialLabs developer program, Acer wants to first give the technology to Unreal Engine game developers.
“Those who enroll in the program will receive a ConceptDSpatialLabs prototype laptop, which will be the first implementation of the new experience,” according to Acer. The program’s application period will end on June 30. The ConceptD prototype notebooks will thereafter be given away free of charge for the first three months to the chosen candidates.