UPDATE: Kandao released three new cameras and showcased its recently launched Qoocam EGO 3D (available through our store), the world’s first stereoscopic 3D camera with an integrated viewer for instant playback; and its AR CAM Freeview, a camera array for bullet time video capture, and multi-camera livestreaming, with high-precision frame synchronization among cameras, but without smoothing (needing post-production for adding intermediate frames).
At CES 2023, we saw a lot of different glasses-free 3D devices. Here’s what caught our eye!
Acer SpatialLabs TrueGame receives 3D Ultra Mode for next-gen experience
Acer ConceptD presented a new line-up of eye-tracking 3D displays and notebooks some months ago, including the Predator Helios 300 (soon available) along with 15″ monitors. These devices include an array of programs to make use of the capabilities of the 3D display:
- TrueGame: to play games in Stereoscopic 3D.
- Viewer: visualizes 3d models.
- Player: play 3D or 2d multimedia content with advanced real-time conversion.
- Player+VR mode (available on Windows 10 only): allows you to use the device with a VR headset, such as HTC Vive or a Windows Mixed Reality headset, like the best available today: the HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition. The SpatialLabs TrueGame 3D Ultra mode is available for Windows 10 users on the company’s website.
- Go: extension that allows you to use everyday applications such as YouTube, view photos or make video calls with Microsoft Teams with 3D.
- Tools for designers in the professional line up, so users can create 3d projects, viewing them in 3D in real time as they’re working on them.
The company is working on a major update to its SpatialLabs TrueGame glasses-free 3D gaming application, which will come this January with an updated user interface and more features. The update brings the 3D Ultra mode that offers the ultimate 3D gaming experience with enhanced stereo rendering capabilities, projecting images with depth, and life-like 3D geometry.
3D Ultra works adding a second camera making the best realistic depth possible, so it has the potential to replace nvidia 3d vision technology most gamers are still using.
Additionally, the update includes 3D Sense, a collection of 3D stereo effect configurations to match the players’ preferences in terms of visual details, effects, and 3D depth intensity. It allows the game to be presented in a way that is tailored for different players and continues to support game titles with new profiles added every month.
“Game development is an art form that calls on developers to bring their dreams into amazingly realistic and enchanting 3D worlds. It is an endeavor that requires an enormous investment of time and creativity. The viewing experiences of today’s gamers are greatly limited with 2D display devices. This changes with SpatialLabs TrueGame as we continue to push the envelope of the 3D gaming experience by adding full geometric 3D and unleashing the power of stereoscopic 3D technology.”
Jerry Kao, Acer Inc. Co-COO
Game profiles that support the new TrueGame 3D Ultra mode include the latest AAA titles and a list of popular game titles. Supported titles include: Forza Horizon 5 (and 4), God of War, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3, Darkside Genesis, MARVEL’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Injustice 2, Psychonauts 2, Borderlands 2, and many more. You can also engage, share experiences, and express ideas with other users on the SpatialLabs Community’s TrueGame forum.
The company has also announced that it will be releasing its 3D content platform in the near future. The platform will allow users to create, view and share their own 3D models with others. They can also use its content creator app to convert 2d videos into stereo format for TrueGame devices.
Soon, more news about Acer’s ConceptD line up availability on Tridimensional.
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED, Vivobook Pro 16X 3D OLED
The Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 and Zenbook Pro 16X are the world’s first glasses-free 3D OLED displays, which is impressive alone, featuring the same Simulated Reality from Dimenco’s than the Acer ConceptD line up. These models come with Vivobook apps for watching 3D videos and movies, playing 3D games, or enjoying content creation in 3D mode.
The company touts its Dimenco’s Built on SR (Simulated Reality) 3D technology (Asus call it Spatial Vision), as delivering “unmatched brightness, resolution and depth on displays” and says it “has rapidly become the 3D display technology preference for business, entertainment, gaming, education and communication.”
The included software is similar than the Acer’s approach, but without the gaming part (so, only games with native Stereoscopic 3D support will initially work, this includes games like several Tomb Raider and Trine titles, or Avatar The Game). Several developers are creating software that takes advantage of Dimenco’s tech — zSpace is creating educational programs and Philips is showing off a volumetric 3D videoconferencing demo. Asus also notes that their notebooks allow real 3D collaboration with NVIDIA Omniverse, and they also support stereoscopic 3D visualization of OpenXR content.
Plug-and-play Built on SR displays are compatible with most 3D games, software packages and content. So, third party Apps developed for SR will work in both Asus and Acer devices, which is already helping to create a glasses-free 3D ecosystem of programs and contents.
In addition to its mobile workstation design—where users can place the display flat on their desks—the laptop also includes an optional accessory called Spatial Vision Hub that offers an intuitive user experience that helps people get started using these innovative displays right away (just like the ProMa VR+i). The hub provides an interface where users can browse through contents such as 360-degree video content or even model visualization or content creation tools in 3D mode without having any knowledge about how they work or what type of device they are being used on. User also can make advantage of the unrivaled precision control of their apps with the large, stylus-compatible haptic touchpad and intuitive ASUS Dial rotary control (physical in the Pro Art, tactile in the touchpad area in the Vivobook).
There’s no estimated date nor price range, but being a professional line up, an innovative OLED 3D 3.2K, 0.2 ms response time, 120 Hz display with professional color gamut, innovative controls, and including high-end RTX 4000 series graphic cards, we are sure it won’t be any cheap. Much more expensive than Acer’s SR professional line up.
Leia Inc devices
Leia Inc., the leader in 3D Lightfield experiences, announced that it has been named a four-time CES® 2023 Innovation Awards Honoree for Computer Hardware & Components; Computer Peripherals and Accessories; Embedded Technologies; and Gaming. The technology effortlessly replicates the power of in-person interactions otherwise limited by current mainstream platforms, without the need for bulky eyewear.
Upcoming Leia devices, when used by only one viewer, will use the help of eye-tracking to get rid of the low resolution that is the biggest concern on their previous devices, when more people are watching, the eye-tracking camera will shut off and all viewers will be able to see the 3D using the light-field technology of the display.
Leia Inc. will soon bring its 3D Lightfield Technology to people worldwide by partnering with ZTE, a global leader in telecommunications and information technology. Leia’s award-winning technology will be integrated into a new ZTE product line, with details to be released later this year. Making it possible for consumers around the world to access this high quality technology without having to buy expensive equipment like special glasses or hardware add-ons like VR headsets—allowing them to get immersed in immersive experiences.
CES attendees were able to create and share images in 3D Lightfield using its 3D social network. The handheld device features the best consumer integrated stereoscopic 3D camera, and is compatible with a full range of apps, including Google Play.
“We have an opportunity to ultimately transform ‘augmented’ or ‘virtual’ reality into simply, reality,” said Cecilia Qvist, CEO of Leia Inc. “As we continue to scale this immersive 3D experience across all screens – including mobile – we are working to help recreate the emotion of real world interactions on familiar communication devices.”
Recently, Leia announced partnership with Stability AI. Stability AI gives us the ability to create 3D content. Whatever you dream in your head and convey in text, you can create. Just imagine what the future holds for us when we’re freed to literally dream things into a digital reality.
TCL glasses-free 3D
TCL showcased a 65″ 8K Wide View Optical Field Display, whatever that means. It seems the same glasses-free as our ProMa 3DTV and Monster 3DTV, which they’re already available. In any case, they didn’t make much noise about the display, and they simply put a CGI face to showcase the multiple angles of the Holographic 3D image (which could be a simply 9-tile formatted 3D image, also supported by almost all glasses-free multiview products). No notice about prices or even if it will hit the market.
They also showcased a ligth-field device with what it seems an eye-tracking camera, with a notice saying “Do not touch”, which denotes it was added in the last moment to compete with the more mature Leia light-field ecosystem. They showcased a similar solution in 2022’s edition of CES on a larger monitor with added features similar than Simulated Reality products, but also showcasing was very simple (but even so, it was already better than this year’s.), showing no sign of any mature ecosystem.
TCL is horrible at showcasing its own products, making it even worse than last year, when at least its 3D displays were interactive.
zSpace presented an Acer SpatialLabs notebook with an air-pen attached and detector attached to the notebook. The same as our ProMa VR+i monitor, but much bulkier, even more considering the small size of the notebook they’re using
Lotte Next 3D Display
Lotte showcased autosteroscopic displays with eye tracking. They call it Next 3D Display. The software and content is provided by a company called Caliverse from South Korea. The eye tracking and the display are very good, but you needed to stay on a very strict position marked on the floor (eye-trackign usually doesn’t fit well with the illumination on these type of events).
Combining real-life characters with graphic backgrounds created with the world-class graphic engine, ‘Unreal Engine 5’, Lotte Metaverse uses cutting-edge technologies such as three-dimensional real-time rendering technology, the best live-action VR shooting technology in the world, as well as ‘deep-interactive’ patents that allow users to realistically interact with objects or real-life characters in VR content, offering a strong feel of realism and immersion to shopping, entertainment and community experiences in the virtual world.
The LDCC exhibition booth at CES is made up of a ‘VR Zone’ where visitors may experience the virtual world through a head-mounted display (HMD) and a ‘3D Display Zone’ where visitors may enjoy the experience through 3D monitors.
Graffity Partners with Qualcomm and Nreal to Launch Two AR Games. Tokyo-based AR entertainment company showcase AR games “GrooveWave”, which can be experienced on Nreal Light AR Glasses, and “SushiCraft” built on Snapdragon Spaces featuring Lenovo ThinkReality A3 AR Glasses Groove Wave is a rhythm game fighting against enemies on the battlefield which expands the entire room. SushiCraft is an AR sushi making game where you make sushi and compete for a score using hand tracking.
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor ICs manufacturer, has collaborated with eYs3D Microelectronics, a company that specializes in 3D sensing technology, to develop a 3D stereo-vision camera. This camera uses eYs3D Microelectronics’ video and depth cameras ICs and STMicro’s image sensor to allow it to efficiently track fast motion object tracking in AIoT applications and autonomous robots.
Orbbec is demonstrating the implementation of its products and systems with those capabilities, giving attendees a look at the next big advances in 3D-enabled technology. They showcased their line of embedded 3D cameras spanning from ToF camera and many more. Including the Femto Mega, the Industry’s Highest Resolution 3D Vision Camera with Integrated Depth and AI Processing.
Sony showcased their Spatial Reality displays (competing with Simulated Reality from the Acer and Asus). And allowed to test their upcoming PSVR2 headset, which have everything to be the best VR headset for a very long time, and the one that will receive the best VR games, finally using the full horsepower of the PlayStation 5. They also showcased their volumentric capture system.
It’s not just 3D that’s on the rise–the technology is also becoming more accessible and affordable to everyone.
It seems like the next months are going to be exciting for 3D technology. There are so many companies that have jumped on board with this technology, and we think it’s only a matter of time before you can experience new 3D devices and contents from your home or office.