Acer’s new portable screens can make 2D look like 3D

Zoom in / Acer’s SpatialLabs View portable screen.

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Good portable monitors enhance your PC experience by providing more real estate on the screen. However, two portable 4K monitors announced today, Acer’s SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro, have a trick up their sleeve: they make the content look like it’s coming out of the screen. Using Acer’s proprietary hardware-software solution, SpatialLabs, monitors can convert 2D content, such as supported games, photos and CAD drawings, to stereoscopic 3D.

Certified by Adobe and Autodesk, SpatialLabs uses a specialized optical lens, two eye-tracking cameras and artificial intelligence to make 2D work look 3D without annoying glasses or other boring headgear. SpatialLabs works by creating a set of images for each eye and projecting them through the optical lens where you look.

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

Acer introduced the SpatialLabs via the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition laptop in October and is now bringing it to 15.6-inch portable screens with a focus on entertainment and work. He also announced a gaming laptop with technology today.

Acer has introduced screens with HDMI 2.0 and USB-C ports for video, as well as USB-A and a headphone jack.
Zoom in / Acer has introduced screens with HDMI 2.0 and USB-C ports for video, as well as USB-A and a headphone jack.

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Intended for personal use, the SpatialLabs View screen claims to feature supported stereoscopic 3D games via the new SpatialLabs TrueGame platform.

Game in stereo 3D

Acer SpatialLabs display will be more expensive and slower than your standard gaming portable screen.
Zoom in / Acer SpatialLabs display will be more expensive and slower than your standard gaming portable screen.

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“This is possible because games are created primarily in three dimensions: Developers include depth information in each scene and object they build. SpatialLabs utilizes this pre-existing information to present games in stereoscopic 3D,” Acer told its announcement. . An Acer spokesman also noted the use of “shading technologies and drivers” to obtain 3D information and in-depth information from supported games.

Acer says TrueGame will support more than 50 gaming releases, including BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Forza Horizon 4 and 5, God of War, No Man’s Sky, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Tiny Tina’s Wonderland. You can see the full list of games here. TrueGame will provide pre-configured 3D profiles for each title that starts automatically when you play a supported game. An Acer spokesman said he would add 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 objects that “appear really multi-layered”. Before we judge, we have to look closely, but we are curious how the result can affect the quick action. The SpatialLabs projection is also a smaller, higher-density pixel display (282.4 pixels per inch) with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a response time of up to 30 ms, making it much slower than available gaming screens and 360-degree desktops. Hz.

SpatialLabs also has the ability to create a simulated stereo 3D image from 2D photos and videos, including online videos via YouTube.

A secondary 3D screen for creators

SpatialLabs View Pro is more like the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition laptop, as it is aimed at creative professionals. Acer says portable display supports “all major file formats”, including OBJ, FBX, STEP, STL, COLLADA, IGES, glTF, 3DS, BLEND, PLY, DAE, IGS and Datasmith, allowing the use of 3D design software such as Cinema 4D, Revit and Solidworks.

The screen also works with SpatialLabs Model Viewer, which lets you transfer images, models and animations from 3D software and view them in stereoscopic 3D. And if you use Autodesk Maya or Blender, you could edit on a regular 2D screen and view these changes in real time in stereoscopic 3D on the portable screen. Integration with the Sketchfab 3D modeling platform to capture additional 3D data could also help Acer encourage more use.

Acer also sees the SpatialLabs View Pro attracting customers to kiosks and point-of-sale displays, equipping it with VESA-based gesture recognition and up to 5 hours of battery life for assistance.

Acer hopes that the images that seem to come out of a screen will catch the eyes of buyers.
Zoom in / Acer hopes that the images that seem to come out of a screen will catch the eyes of buyers.

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When you are not using the 3D functions of the upcoming screens, they are just normal 4K IPS panels. They claim a maximum brightness of 323 nits, which would be strong for a portable screen, 100% coverage of Adobe RGB color space and 1,200: 1 contrast ratios.

Moving the needle?

SpatialLabs was a niche use when Acer announced it in the fall, and it remains. But these screens can move the needle a little — at least more so than a laptop.

First, it should be significantly cheaper than the SpatialLabs laptop. Acer did not share a price for the upcoming screens, but the computer sells outside the US for 00 3,500 / € 4,000 (approximately $ 4,366 / $ 4,216).

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

  • Desktops: Intel Core i7 or later / RTX 2080 or later
  • Laptops: Intel Core i7 or later / RTX 3070 TI or later

It remains to be seen if SpatialLabs can work with games in a way that looks good and does not interfere with the game or cause nausea. Competitive players will opt for 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 given that SpatialLabs View will cost much more than most desktop-sized gaming screens at $ 1,099 “this summer.”

Having a second screen dedicated to the 3D experience seems more natural to creators and developers already working in this space, especially if it runs well. But dealing with a smaller screen and finding the right use is a major hurdle for professionals. Creators may also be reluctant to rely on some new technology for critical work.

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

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with specification suggestions from Acer.

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