CES 2024: These 3 gadgets are about to change the world of spatial computing

Spatial computing–we've heard a lot about this in recent times and quite naturally, CES 2024 seems like the best place to explore what's next in this world of tech. Blending virtual worlds with physical interaction is nothing new we've heard in the past years. But, seeing all of that come to play is a different story altogether. Today, we are discussing 3 such gadgets that does seem to have that potential to make spatial computing a reality. Presenting Acer, Sony, and Xreal–three brands that are elevating the game of spatial computing tech.

CES 2024: These 3 gadgets are about to change the world of spatial computing
Sony Spatial Content Creation Headset in use

We’ve been exploring CES 2024 releases since early December. By now, it’s been quite positive in terms of promising new tech for this year. The show officially begins today. But going by the big tech already announced, I think spatial computing is big this year. Blending virtual experiences into the physical world by breaking free from screens isn’t something new in the world of tech. But everything so far has mostly been theory or too far-fetched prototypes. But with Apple finally going for a launch date with Vision Pro, things seem to have taken a leap. And, today we are here to discuss 3 technologies that seem to be the future of spatial computing for 2024.

Related: Explore all our latest CES 2024 product releases here.

Go ahead and keep reading the blog to explore the 3 gadgets in spatial computing that literally blew my mind.

First up is the Sony Spatial Content Creation Headset.

This announcement from Sony has got me seriously excited! They’re rolling out this immersive spatial content creation system that’s loaded with high-tech features. Picture this: a head-mounted display boasting 4K OLED Microdisplays and a video see-through function. These will be paired with controllers tailor-made for seamless interaction with 3D objects. The aim? To support creators in crafting sophisticated 3D content. Sony’s collaboration with Siemens, a powerhouse in industrial tech, promises a new immersive design. Additionally, it’s a collaborative product engineering solution, exclusively at launch.

Sony Spatial Content Creation Headset in use

The system sounds like a game-changer! With its XR head-mounted display and Sony’s rendering tech, it promises real-time, HD rendering of textures and facial expressions in 3D objects. What’s more, those six cameras and sensors offer an intuitive way to sculpt virtual creations. The Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 Platform by Qualcomm sounds like the cherry on top. They power these displays to deliver mind-blowing image quality. Sony’s stepping up the game by empowering creators to merge physical and digital spaces seamlessly for an immersive experience. This kind of technology could redefine how we create and collaborate across industries. They will be breaking barriers between the physical and virtual realms!

Next up, we have the Acer SpatialLabs Monitor and Laptop.

Acer’s latest reveal has me itching to get my hands on their SpatialLabs-powered devices! Let’s talk about the Aspire 3D 15 SpatialLabs Edition laptop first. It’s not just a laptop—it’s an immersive portal into the world of 3D content. Packing a punch with an Intel Core i7-13620H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPUs, this machine doesn’t mess around when it comes to projecting stunning 3D visuals. Plus, the SpatialLabs Experience Center Pro bundled with AI-powered applications like SpatialLabs Go transforms 2D content into jaw-dropping 3D in real-time.

As a creator, having the SpatialLabs Model Viewer and OpenXR runtime support is a dream for effortlessly crafting and fine-tuning 3D projects. And let’s not forget the design perks—the 15.6-inch UHD IPS panel with a full Adobe RGB color gamut and Acer PurifiedVoice and PurifiedView for top-notch video calls make this laptop a powerhouse for both work and leisure.

Acer SpatialLabs View Pro 27 3D monitor in action

Now, onto the Predator SpatialLabs View 27 gaming monitor—this thing redefines gaming immersion. The SpatialLabs TrueGame technology is a game-changer, rendering 3D game designs with depth that puts you right in the heart of the action. The 27-inch 4K panel with a 160 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync/NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility ensures stunning visuals without any stutter. And the Acer Immerse Audio system? It’s like a surround sound experience without the headset, making every gaming moment pulse with excitement. For both gamers and professional creators, Acer’s SpatialLabs solutions are unlocking a new era of 3D interaction and visual fidelity that’s simply mind-blowing.

Finally, its the Xreal Air2 Ultra spatial computing glasses.

XREAL’s unveiling of the XREAL Air 2 Ultra has got me buzzing with excitement! This piece of tech is not just your run-of-the-mill AR glasses—it’s a game-changer for spatial computing developers. Boasting 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) thanks to its dual 3D environment sensors, these glasses offer a doorway into the world of spatial computing at an affordable price compared to its competitors. But hold up, it’s not just about the tech; the sleek titanium ring frame gives it a stylish edge, making it a must-have for tech enthusiasts and fashion aficionados alike. And the best part? You can pre-order these bad boys right now at a cool USD$699, with shipments set to kick off in March.

The Xreal Air 2 Ultra in action

Let’s talk features because these glasses are packed to the brim with tech goodness. With its AR environment launcher Nebula and a powerful SDK, XREAL Air 2 Ultra is a playground for developers. These glasses redefine spatial computing by blending computer vision and 3D mapping, enabling hand tracking, 3D mesh creation, and so much more—all neatly packaged in an award-winning design that ensures comfort during long hours of usage. The Full HD viewing experience, boasting a 52° field-of-view and 42 pixels per degree, combined with a swift refresh rate of up to 120Hz, guarantees a crisp and vibrant visual treat. Plus, the added bonus of cinematic-grade audio and directional audio tech just takes the whole experience to the next level.

Spatial Life Experience

At CES 2024, XREAL is showcasing “The Spatial Life” experience, offering a glimpse into the future of interaction with digital content. And let’s not forget the Mirage Shard Tracking Kit, a groundbreaking addition that fosters tactile interactions with virtual interfaces.

With XREAL Air 2 Ultra, XREAL is not just providing AR glasses—they’re inviting developers to craft innovative and immersive experiences that will redefine how we engage with data. The commitment to accessibility is evident with compatibility across various devices and an attractive discount for previous Nreal Light purchasers. This is a bold step towards making AR an everyday reality for all of us!

With that said, we are still exploring more and more tech from the show floor and can’t wait to give you an update about the best ones under each category. Let us know your thoughts around spatial computing too. Do you think you’d be okay to opt this form of tech or will you still wait?

Madhurima Nag is the Head of Content at Gadget Flow. She side-hustles as a parenting and STEM influencer and loves to voice her opinion on product marketing, innovation and gadgets (of course!) in general.
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