Acer SpatialLabs 3D Show Fingers-On Evaluate

Acer SpatialLabs 3D Display Hands-On Review

Again in Might 2021, Acer introduced and teased SpatialLabs, a glasses-free stereo 3D show expertise/product geared toward 3D professionals comparable to CGI/CAD designers and engineers. What appeared like a far-off expertise has now been launched by Acer as a product embodied by the ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Version laptop computer.

On its web site, Acer presents the idea as follows: “Design, overview, and current all of your designs in eye-popping, glasses-free stereoscopic 3D… permits visible artists and engineers to get early previews of their work without having to render.”

I’ve been in a position to see it for myself, and it’s been performing higher than I used to be anticipating. First, let’s present some background on how SpatialLabs works.

This picture from Acer is a creative illustration of how the SpatialLabs tech ought to really feel

SpatialLabs is constructed on a lenticular show expertise that may work in 4K in 2D or 2x2K (2K per eye) in stereo 3D. Lenticular shows are constructed to indicate every eye a barely completely different view of the scene, thus making a depth notion {that a} common display merely can’t obtain.

Past the bodily show panel, Acer additionally supplies software program within the type of drivers, apps and utilities for doing issues like turning 2D content material into stereo-3D content material. The corporate can be working intently with middleware builders comparable to Unity or Epic (Unreal Engine) to facilitate adoption.

~6-7 years in the past, Japanese TV producers tried to commercialize glasses-less “holographic” 3D televisions based mostly on lenticular expertise. Again then, the end result was not satisfying, primarily for a few causes:

  1. Dividing 1080p decision in half yielded poor picture high quality
  2. Lenticular shows work greatest when the show is tuned to a selected person place, and a number of folks is perhaps watching TV

After seeing SpatialLabs with my very own eyes, I’ve to say that some demos are very compelling. I can sit 20-27 inches from the show and the Acer software program would alter the 3D rendering for correct left+proper eyes picture separation and rendering. Attempt to keep nonetheless as a result of there’s a small lag between head movement and stereo compensation.

You’ll be able to understand objects “popping out of the display” by as much as half-distance between you and the display’s floor (10-13 inches), which is spectacular, and it really works higher for small objects, proper on the middle.

For my part, the depth cue may be helpful (from a productiveness standpoint) to pick professionals who design objects to be manufactured later because it’s not fairly the identical to see them in 2D vs. stereo 3D.

Sadly, it’s inconceivable for me to take an image that may precisely symbolize what I’m seeing, however for those who’ve skilled 3D TVs with glasses earlier than, attempt to think about your greatest expertise, however with out the glasses, near-perfect stereo separation, and 4x the decision.

That may be a very good approximation of what Acer SpatialLabs gives: vastly superior picture high quality and person expertise.

For instance, one of many demos was “Showdown”, and you may see the 2D model within the video under. There are tons of objects flying by the digital camera that “come out of the display” if in case you have a stereo 3D setup like SpatialLabs.

Nonetheless, the 3D impact has traits of stereoscopic 2D: typically, you see exaggerated parallax, and objects which are too shut may present some ghosting. However when the content material is tailor-made for stereo 3D, it’s straightforward to get keep away from these.

Additionally, a laptop computer use case means the person sometimes sits on the correct location, proper in entrance of the display. Moreover, Acer has put in optical sensors to trace precisely the place the eyes of the person are in house, to make real-time changes.

These sensors observe your eye’s location in 3D to regulate the stereo 3D separation in real-time

Jewellery, toys, spare elements, and far more are nice examples of business design actions that might profit from higher depth notion. Structure may additionally profit from it in addition to plenty of fashions are constructed throughout these initiatives.

Realistically, lenticular 3D shows like this one gained’t completely substitute the necessity for sculpting, 3d-printing, or prototyping bodily objects. Nonetheless, they’ll decrease the frequency (and value) at which designers and engineers must construct costly bodily fashions. That’s priceless.

Lowering the look forward to bodily prototypes can pace up the “iteration loop” and enhance the productiveness of costly personnel. If true, that’s one other layer of potential added worth. Every firm must gauge the advantages for his or her particular use case because it’s a distinct segment market, for now.

As show expertise will get higher and with 8K shows on the horizon, I anticipate lenticular shows to additional enhance. For now, the outcomes are nice and though it’s not fairly “holographic” but, Acer is perhaps main a nascent high-margin area of interest market.

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