Acer’s new portable monitors can display 2D content in stereoscopic 3D

Portable USB-powered displays aren’t new, but can be great for on-the-go editors to access more screens. Acer’s new model steps things up, however, and can take a 2D image and make it appear as if it’s 3D.

The benefit of having more than one monitor is pretty obvious. The more screen space there is, the more effective and efficient the workflow becomes. This is even more important when working on a laptop in the field. To solve this problem, the portable USB-powered LED screen was designed to be powered by the laptop, reducing the weight of the secondary screen without sacrificing screen space.

from Acer SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro The monitors provide all that space, but also combine a hardware optical lens display with artificial intelligence to turn a 2D image into a stereoscopic conversion and make the image appear 3D without the need for glasses or a virtual reality headset. .

The technology is similar to Dimenco’s 8K stereoscopic monitor, but much smaller and with less resolution. By reading the viewer’s eye movement through a pair of eye-tracking cameras, SpatialLabs says the technology works by creating a set of images for each through the right-angle optical lens to simulate a 3D experience.

The display was originally designed for CAD designers, 3D animators, content creators, and developers who need to see how changes are affected in a 3D space, but the SpatialLabs wearable has expanded its customer base to include gamers. via Acer’s SpatialLabs TrueGame platform.

TrueGame is able to leverage depth and distance information in game code which tells the game where each subject and object is in a given scene. SoatialLabs then displays the image with greater precision, along with the use of “shading and driver technologies to enhance the scene”.

Acer says that by using this technique, a scene can appear much more spacious than can normally be displayed on the 15.6-inch screen size, making objects and subjects in a scene appear “truly superimposed. “.

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TrueGame technology also provides a larger gaming space for mobile gamers. Upon release, TrueGame will support over 50 games, 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, along with many other games on the road. The only real downside is its refresh rate, which is capped at 60Hz, which isn’t considered fast enough for many gamers.

Acer's latest USB monitor can convert 2D to 3D
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Cinema 4D, Revit, and Solidworks software packages are supported, along with related files, such as 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.

Autodesk Maya or Blender users can work in their normal 2D environment and then view changes in 3D using the SpatialLabs monitor without additional rendering. Sketchfab is also a potential third-party application for working on 3D models for video.
Still photography can also take advantage of this technology, with the display able to convert regular 2D still images into the 3D images that Acer claims come to life.

Acer recommends using laptops and devices with an Intel Core i7 processor or higher, and an RTX 2080 GPU for desktops or an RTX 3070 for laptops. No word on the cost of the SpatialView monitors, but given the technology, it’s unlikely to be cheap. Look for it this summer.

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