This new screen promises to output graphics directly from the laptop screen without requiring you to wear special glasses to see them.
The system combines a switchable lenticular screen and an eye-tracking camera, all fitted into a ConceptD prototype.
3D is certainly not new, nor are attempts to bring it to graphics professionals in a usable way.
However, the truth is that glasses and mediocre optical quality have generally undermined such efforts.
Acer thinks SpatialLabs is different, as the screen is a 2D Ultra HD panel with a liquid crystal lens optically mounted on top of it.
The screen can be switched between 2D and 3D modes, with an eye-tracking stereo camera array at the top of the screen that determines how graphics are divided for each eye.
The result is the ability to float visuals off the screen’s surface.
Something similar has emerged in automotive applications with the Genesis 3D instrument cluster that uses the same technique to create virtual dials with tangible depth.
Acer and 3D content:
Acer pushes SpatialLabs as a way for designers to get an easier view of their craft, with support for rotating, moving, and scaling 3D models.
Acer suggests that being able to see the work in 3D in a 1:1 ratio speeds up the process of finding problems and ensuring that the 3D design matches the original concept design.
For example, product designers can use the SpatialLabs form viewer to get an idea of what the item they’re making looks like before investing time and resources or using it in tools.
In addition, functions such as the ability to change the HDRI background of the model allow it to be rendered in a natural and realistic environment.
The ConceptD computer by default uses 2D mode for maximum accuracy.
And when apps that use SpatialLabs Experience Center are loaded, they automatically switch to 3D mode.
There is a 3D model viewer that supports key formats, which automatically animates the model as the viewer moves his or her head.
There is also SpatialLabs Go, an easier system for converting full-screen content into 3D.
Once a Blender object is created, for example, Acer’s tool can convert it into a 3D format that your monitor can display.
Acer does not currently intend to sell the ConceptD SpatialLabs concept computer in general.
Acer is offering the devices for a period of three months to participants in the SpatialLabs Developer Program.
The company, in turn, wants feedback on what the production machine might look like and its performance.