CES is just around the corner and new products and designs have already started to surface. One such innovative, fresh product is the zSpace Laptop PC.
zSpace laptop is the first Windows laptop to use both Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to produce an interactive image output that seems to break out from the screen. The release date for this laptop is still not decided yet. zSpace will be targeting the education and enterprise space with this modest looking laptop and will be selling it for a surprisingly affordable price of $1,500.
HP had tried to implement something similar to this a few years ago with its Zvr Virtual Reality Display, which was integrated into a 23.6- inch all-in-one system. This technology basically uses a 3D display, head-trackers, 3D glasses, and a stylus, it’s nothing new, but it’s for the first time that all this is applied in a 15.4 x 10.8 x 1.2-inch laptop chassis weighing just about 9 pounds. It’s still very heavy in comparison to other laptops but is a lot more compact when compared to other AR/VR systems.
The head tracking is done by cameras on the upper corners and the top center of the laptop. The 3D glasses aren’t anything special and are quite similar to what you’d get at a 3D movie theatre, except for large gray dots surrounding the frame. These dots help in the head tracking by acting as mini motion capture trackers, the head tracking sensors use these dots to scan your head position.
The whole system works like a charm once everything is synced up and delivers clear interactive 3D images. The stylus is powered by a micro-USB and can be used to interact with different applications and functions.
The animations are stutter-free and the field of vision is the size of the display and gives enough room to move your head without interrupting the 3D effect.
Coming to the specs, the zSpace laptop is powered by an AMD APU A9-9420 CPU paired with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The zSpace 23.6-inch can be used as a normal Windows laptop when you are not using the 3D effects. The 15.6 display, even with all its 3D capabilities, is bright and comparable to any other laptop screen. There is no information about the battery performance of the laptop as of yet.
If the price of this laptop is actually what zSpace has planned, this could prove to be a great resource in the education as well as enterprise space.