Acer’s new 3D camera can stream directly to YouTube or to a Zoom call

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Acer has announced the launch of its first 3D camera, the SpatialLabs Eyes Stereo, ahead of Computex 2024 next week. This camera is capable of capturing both 3D photos and videos, which can be viewed directly on the camera, through a VR headset, or on a 3D display.

While it might seem unusual for a PC company to delve into 3D cameras, Acer has been pioneering 3D technology for years, primarily through stereoscopic displays in monitors and laptops. With the SpatialLabs Eyes Stereo Camera, Acer now offers a comprehensive solution for 3D content capture and display.

“The SpatialLabs Eyes Stereo Camera completes Acer’s stereoscopic 3D portfolio, providing solutions from content capturing and creation to display and interaction,” said Jerry Kao, Acer Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer. “We hope to empower users to capture the world around them in stunning stereoscopic 3D through the new camera, and we’re excited to see the possibilities and the amazing content they will be able to create and share.”

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The camera features 8 megapixels per eye, with an aperture of f/2.0 and a focal length of 3mm. It supports photo resolutions of 7680 x 2160 and 3840 x 2160, and video resolutions in three side-by-side (SBS) formats: 7680 x 2160 at 30 fps, 3840 x 2160 at 60 fps, and 3840 x 2160 at 30 fps.

Additional features of the SpatialLabs Eyes Stereo Camera include auto and touch focus, electronic image stabilization (EIS), and a manual mode. It also boasts a built-in “selfie mirror” and a weatherproof chassis with a sleek shale black coat and aluminum-lined lens cap and mirror for extra durability. The camera weighs around half a pound and includes a 1500 mAh battery, a built-in stereo microphone, and a microSD card slot, and it charges via USB-C.

A standout feature is the camera’s ability to stream directly to platforms like YouTube and conduct video calls on Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or Google Meet. Although the practical applications of 3D video calls might seem limited, they align with the growing trend of virtual meetings utilizing 3D avatars and VR headsets. Paired with Acer’s SpatialLabs 3D monitor, users can engage in fully 3D video calls.

Acer’s SpatialLabs monitors and laptops have been well-received, with smooth stereoscopic 3D effects. The technology has been particularly popular in gaming, where converting content into 3D is straightforward. The introduction of the SpatialLabs camera further strengthens Acer’s commitment to expanding the 3D ecosystem, likely to boost interest in the category.

The Acer SpatialLabs Stereo Eyes camera will be available in North America in the third quarter of the year and will be priced at $549.