Acer’s new portable monitors can make 2D look 3D

Acer SpatialLabs display portable screen.
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Good portable screens Improve your computing experience by providing more screen real estate. But today was announced two portable 4K monitors, Acer View SpatialLabs And SpatialLabs View ProThey have a trick: make the content appear to be coming off the screen. Using Acer’s proprietary hardware software solution, SpatialLabs, monitors can transform 2D content, such as games, images, and supported CAD designs, into stereoscopic 3D.

Certified by Adobe and Autodesk, spatial laboratories It uses a specialized optical lens, two eye-tracking cameras, and AI to make 2D work look 3D without annoying glasses or other clunky headwear. SpatialLabs works by creating a set of images for each eye and projecting them through the optical lens to where you’re looking.

Acer’s idea is that creators, such as CAD designers, 3D animators, and developers, quickly see what their 3D work looks like. Stereoscopic 3D environment does not require time-consuming display, so it can provide a more comprehensive and useful way to preview work.

Acer introduced SpatialLabs through ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition laptop In October, it is now in the process of introducing it to 15.6-inch portable monitors focused on entertainment and work. Today, it also announced a gaming laptop with this technology.

Acer showed off the monitors with an HDMI 2.0 port and USB-C for video, as well as a USB-A and headphone jack.
Zoom / Acer showed off the monitors with an HDMI 2.0 port and USB-C for video, as well as a USB-A and headphone jack.

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For personal use, the SpatialLabs View Display claims to offer immersive 3D gaming with the new SpatialLabs TrueGame platform.

Playing in 3D stereo

Acer's SpatialLabs display will be more expensive and slower than a typical mobile gaming monitor.
Zoom / Acer’s SpatialLabs display will be more expensive and slower than a typical mobile gaming monitor.

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In its announcement, Acer said: “This is possible because games are often created with three dimensions in mind: developers include information about depth in every scene and object they build. SpatialLabs leverages this information that already exists in order to render games in 3D. stereoscopic”. Acer representative also pointing to To use Shading and Driver Technologies to get 3D information and depth from supported games.

Acer said TrueGame will support more than 50 games upon release, including BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Forza Horizon 4 And 5And God of War, No Man’s Sky, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, And Little Wonderland Tina. you can see the The full list of games is here. TrueGame will provide preset 3D profiles for each title that will automatically launch when you play a supported game. An Acer rep claimed that it will be adding more games “every month”.

So what’s the point of making gaming graphics look like they’re coming out of a 15.6-inch screen? According to Acer, you can expect more spacious rooms and things that “look out with real layers.” Before passing judgment we have to see it in person but are interested in how the impact might affect the fast-paced action. SpatialLabs Display is also a smaller screen with a higher pixel density (282.4 pixels per inch) with a 60Hz refresh rate and response time up to 30 milliseconds, which makes it much slower than 360 Hz Desktop sized gaming and laptop monitors are available.

SpatialLabs also has a feature to create a simulated 3D hologram from 2D photos and videos, including online videos via YouTube.

3D secondary screen for creators

SpatialLabs View Pro is similar to the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition laptop in that it targets creative professionals. Acer said the portable monitor supports “all major file formats,” including OBJ, FBX, STEP, STL, COLLADA, IGES, glTF, 3DS, BLEND, PLY, DAE, IGS, and Datasmith, enabling the use of 3D design software Such as Cinema 4D, Revit, and Solidworks.

The monitor also works with SpatialLabs Model Viewer, which allows you to bring in images, models, and animations from 3D programs and view them in stereoscopic 3D. And if you’re using Autodesk Maya or Blender, you can edit on a regular screen in 2D and display these changes in real time in a stereoscopic 3D image on the portable screen. Integration with 3D modeling platform You will discoverto download additional 3D assets, Acer can also help encourage more use cases.

Acer also sees SpatialLabs View Pro drawing customers into kiosks and point-of-sale screens, outfitted with a VESA mount, hand gesture recognition, and up to 5-hour battery life to assist.

Acer hopes the seemingly onscreen images will catch the eyes of shoppers.
Zoom / Acer hopes the seemingly onscreen images will catch the eyes of shoppers.

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When you’re not using the 3D features of the upcoming monitors, they’re just regular 4K IPS panels. They claim a maximum brightness of 323 nits, which would be strong for a portable monitor, 100 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, and 1200:1 contrast ratios.

move the needle?

SpatialLabs was of good use when Acer announced it in the fall, and that’s still the case. But these screens may move the needle a bit — at least more than the laptop did.

For one, it should be significantly cheaper than a SpatialLabs laptop. Acer hasn’t shared the price of the upcoming monitors, but the PC is selling outside the US for 3500 pounds/4000 euros (about $4,366 / $4,216).

Portable monitors are also a much more accessible path to stereoscopic 3D than investing in a computer. Of course, mobile screens assume that you already have the computing capabilities to run your 3D applications and space labs. Acer told Ars Technica that it recommends the following CPUs and GPUs for SpaitalLabs:

  • Desktop PC: Intel Core i7 or higher / RTX 2080 or higher
  • Laptops: Intel Core i7 or higher / RTX 3070 TI or higher

It remains to be seen if SpatialLabs can work with games in a way that looks good and doesn’t get in the way of gameplay or cause nausea. Competitive gamers will choose something with a higher refresh rate, but it’s also hard to imagine more casual players flocking to SpatialLabs View for stereoscopic 3D gaming. This is especially true considering that the SpatialLabs View will cost significantly more than most desktop-sized gaming monitors at $1,099 “this summer.”

Having a second screen dedicated to the 3D experience seems natural to content creators and developers already working in this space, especially if it’s done well. But dealing with a smaller screen and finding the right use is a very relevant hurdle for professionals. Creators may also be reluctant to rely on fairly new technology for important business.

Acer has not shared a price or release date for SpatialLabs View Pro.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with specification recommendations from Acer.

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