Sightful launches next-generation spacetop AR laptop

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15th June 2024 – (Tel Aviv) Tech startup Sightful has unveiled the highly anticipated Gen 1 version of its groundbreaking Spacetop system, an augmented reality (AR) laptop. The innovative device replaces the traditional laptop screen with AR glasses, providing users with a virtual display equivalent to a remarkable 100 inches.

The Spacetop system aims to address the challenges of remote working by eliminating the need to strain over a small laptop screen. With the AR glasses connected to a keyboard base roughly the size of a 13-inch laptop, users can enjoy a captivating 100-inch visual experience right in front of their eyes.

Interaction with various applications, including productivity windows, video boxes, and games, remains seamless through the keyboard and touchpad. While the original system featured a stationary virtual display that could be adjusted based on the user’s movements, the G1 release no longer supports this feature. Instead, the trackpad now controls the zooming in and out of projected content, as demonstrated in the accompanying video.

The AR glasses are tethered to the keyboard base, which also powers them. The G1 model boasts a Snapdragon QCS8550 chipset, equipped with a KRYO CPU, Adreno 740 graphics, and AI processing. This updated chipset reportedly delivers a 70% increase in performance compared to the Early Access model, thanks to its enhanced Qualcomm brains.

The system is equipped with 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, although not all of the storage is user-accessible. Wireless capabilities have been upgraded to Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.3, and the device supports 5G/LTE connectivity. The keyboard base features a 60-Wh battery, providing up to 8 hours of usage per charge, along with two USB-C ports for connecting peripherals.

Running on the Space OS, an operating system optimized for spatial computing, the entire Spacetop system offers a unique and user-friendly experience. Additionally, a 5-megapixel webcam is included, although users have the option to use an avatar during video calls instead of showcasing their appearance with the AR glasses.

The wearable AR glasses, weighing just 3 oz (85 g), boast two OLED display panels offering a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels per eye, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a 50-degree field of view. The glasses incorporate auto-dimming technology for improved focus and legibility in well-lit environments. Furthermore, the system supports custom prescription inserts, accommodating users who wear glasses.

The Spacetop G1 system glasses also feature open-ear speakers on each side and a built-in microphone for seamless voice communication. Additionally, the base includes a 6-watt speaker for enhanced audio output.

Tamir Berliner, CEO and co-founder of Sightful, expressed the company’s vision behind the Spacetop system, stating, “We introduced Spacetop to free people from the constraints of time and space, as we don’t believe people should be stuck in 14-inch screens.” Berliner emphasized the potential of AR glasses as the initial step towards transforming the computing experience, while highlighting the collaborative efforts with industry-leading companies to deliver what they believe is the world’s finest laptop.

Sightful has partnered with Qualcomm, Wistron, and XReal to bring the AR laptop to fruition. The Spacetop G1 is now available for reservations at a price of $100 per unit, with the final retail price set at $1,900. Shipping is expected to commence in October. For more insights into the Spacetop system, watch the accompanying video.