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Acer keeps the Nintendo 3DS dream alive with 3D laptops, no glasses required

Acer SpatialLabs laptop tech
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Ever felt the need to work on your 3D models in the space between you and your laptop screen? Or watch movies in stereoscopic 3D? 

Well, those who answered yes to the above will be excited to hear 3D panel tech is finally coming to laptop screens, and Acer is spearheading the movement. With its newly unveiled SpatialLabs software (via Trusted Reviews (opens in new tab)), it aims to give developers and 3D artists a new angle from which to work on their projects, no 3D glasses necessary.

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3D display technology has been around for a while. We saw it with the 3DS back in 2011—albeit in a rough and ready form, that gave a lot of people headaches. Last year we saw Sony's 4K holographic 'spatial reality' 3D panel tech (opens in new tab) pop up with the ELFSR1, which seemed to be a step in the right direction. 

SpatialLabs tech, however, will be integrated into your Acer mobile workstation, and will not only be able to convert side-by-side videos into stereoscopic 3D, but will also support programs like Blender, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Unreal Engine—which, as we saw yesterday, will be getting some nifty upgrades with UE5 (opens in new tab), way before this tech hits consumer markets.

A stereoscopic screen and eye-tracking camera are required to support SpatialLabs, which means it won't work on any old laptop or PC, unfortunately.

Sony's ELFSR1 was just a screen and is still going for $5,000 (opens in new tab), so you can imagine how expensive a laptop with both the ability to run intensive 3D modelling software, and a fancy 3D screen will be. Still, SpatialLabs tech is not likely to hit the consumer market for some time, so you have a bit of time to pre-emptively re-mortgage your house.

Katie Wickens
Katie Wickens

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for two years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.