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Augmented Reality Laptop Ditches Screen For 100-Inch Virtual Display

Friday May 19, 2023. 01:20 AM , from Slashdot
Spacetop, a $2,000 laptop developed by two former Magic Leap employees, replaces the traditional screen with augmented reality glasses featuring a 100-inch virtual display. Axios reports: The company is selling 1,000 of the devices as part of an early access program, with hopes of using the feedback to inform a broader launch. The Spacetop runs a custom operating system, with its backers touting the ability to run Web-based applications such as Zoom, Google Workspace and Figma. And it's not promising this first version will be for power users or gamers, saying those folks should probably wait for a later version.

The Tel Aviv-based company behind the startup, Sightful, is led by CEO Tamir Berliner and COO Tomer Kahan, both formerly of AR headset maker Magic Leap. They have raised $61 million in venture funding. The devices are being manufactured by Wistron, a major contract manufacturer of laptops, while the required AR glasses come from Nreal. Those interested can sign up now, with the devices promised for shipping starting in July.

Sightful says the glasses offer 1080p resolution per eye, which they promise is enough to offer sub-pixel viewing resolution. In a pinch the Spacetop can also connect to a traditional monitor for some features, with more available later via software updates. Further reading: I used the world's first augmented reality laptop (The Verge)
Meet Spacetop, a radical new laptop with no screen (PCWorld)

New Spacetop Laptop Puts Your Workspace in the Air (The New Stack)

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