Acer’s new ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition laptop uses eye-tracking cameras for a glasses-free 3D display

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However, that kind of technology doesn’t come cheap.

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Acer is finally bringing its glasses-free 3D SpatialLabs technology to a laptop you can buy: The company has officially announced the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition.


Announced earlier this year, SpatialLabs combines a suite of hardware and software features. These features include a special stereo camera with two sensors that track your eyes and head, an optical lens on the display that refracts the two different images in your eye, and software that provides you with what you want. Adjusts itself to 3D images in real time.

As part of the ConceptD lineup of products for designers and developers, Acer’s pitch is here that 3D displays will allow users for CAD design, 3D printing, architecture or animation to view 3D projects in three dimensions, rather than To try to anticipate things. on a 2D screen. ledgeMonica Chin tested the hardware earlier this year and called it “quite impressive,” even though the actual usefulness of the technology still remains to be seen.

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Acer envisions developers using the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition as a design tool with a larger display.
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Of course, a 3D display is nothing without 3D content, and Acer is providing a few tools out of the box, like SpatialLabs Model Viewer, that allow you to import 3D files from apps like Autodesk Fusion 360, Rhinoceros, and ZBrush. gives. It also says it is working with developers on more integrated solutions for the future, although the limited availability of the technology for this single laptop (so far) means the rollout will be slow.

The company is also offering a SpatialLabs Go app with AI enhancements, which Acer says will let you view 2D content (including “videos, images, simple games, and webcam feeds of participants during a video conference or video call”) stereoscopically. will be allowed to change. 3D.

Fancy 3D tricks aside, the rest of the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition is a top-tier laptop (it’s a must-have to accomplish all the real-time rendering and 3D modeling that Acer is using it for). While Acer isn’t offering the exact configuration yet, it can be configured with an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM (which is user upgradeable to 64GB), an Nvidia RTX 3080 and a 2TB NVMe SSD. Naturally there’s only one display option: a 15.6-inch LCD panel that offers 3840 x 2160 resolution in 2D mode or 1920 x 2160 in 3D mode.

That kind of hardware doesn’t come cheap, though: Acer says the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition will launch in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in December, starting at €3,599 (or about $4,160.32). It will also be available in North America sometime in 2022, but the exact price and release date have not been announced yet.

New ConceptD 3 Ezel
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Acer is also updating its other ConceptD 3 laptops today: the clamshell ConceptD 3 and ConceptD 3 Pro are getting new 16-inch displays with a 16:10 aspect ratio, plus a new 15.6-inch convertible ConceptD 3 Ezel and The ConceptD 3 Easel (which brings the existing hinge design that Acer has offered on its convertible laptops) at a more affordable price point.

The 16-inch ConceptD 3 and ConceptD 3 Pro will be available in the US in January 2022 for $1,699.99 and $1,899.99, respectively. The ConceptD 3 Easel will be available in November starting at $1,899.99, while the ConceptD 3 Easel Pro will be available in the US in 2022 starting at $1,999.99.

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