Acer has integrated Nintendo’s 3DS technology into a designer laptop
Acer just announced a brand new laptop prototype that’s basically a giant Nintendo 3DS. Their new creator-focused ConceptD Spatial Labs device features a 15.6-inch stereoscopic 3D display to allow animators and artists to view their creations in proper 3D without the need for special glasses. It’s not really designed for gaming, but a YouTuber they demoed the laptop in at their press conference called it “the future.” Sorry, I think I hear the phone ringing, let me answer. ” Hello ? Is it in 2011? Yes, let me tell you about this novelty! »
Seriously, I’d really like to see this kind of tech make its way to a gaming laptop. 3D displays aren’t new, of course, but they used to require big glasses to work – and Nvidia has dropped support for them from 3D Vision in 2019. We’ve also had eye-tracking screens on gaming laptops – in fact, many of Dell’s fancy Alienware models still come with built-in Tobii eye trackers so you can control the camera with your own eyeballs. But we’ve never seen these two strands of technology come together in a laptop like this before, and I’m excited to see if it sticks. Heck, Acer also launched a special Unreal Engine developer program today for its new Spatial Labs technology, so who knows, maybe we’ll see stereoscopic 3D gaming laptops in the future after all.
For now, however, Acer is gearing its concept laptops toward content creators. Its stereo eye-tracking camera sits on the top frame of the laptop to track your head and eye movements (just like the 3DS), and its stereoscopic 3D display will have 4K resolution to ensure that everything looks nice and clean, and a lenticular liquid crystal lens optically glued to it which, together with its 2D panel, will create that 3D effect without glasses. It has been designed to work with a wide range of 3D modeling and rendering applications, including Autodesk, ZBrush, Blender, SketchUp and RhinoCeros, allowing users to view their creations in real time as they “float” in front of the screen.
The laptop can also be used as a regular 2D display, although 3D automatically turns on when you open apps in its Spatial Labs Experience Center. Will he hang on? The folks at Unreal Engine seem to think so:
“Our team is excited about the possibilities offered by the new ConceptD SpatialLabs laptop prototype and its SpatialLabs development program,” said John Buzzell, Corporate Business Development Manager at Unreal Engine. “When your innovative content and apps combine with the latest in visualization, you get an immersive, accessible and engaging experience.”
Either way, Acer is now accepting applications developers willing to try the Spatial Labs prototype, which they will lend free for three months. Would you like to see a stereoscopic 3D gaming laptop? I have all my fingers and toes crossed.