Acer revealed the "world's first" 3D laptop using in-house software, a special screen coating, and polarized glasses.
Acer has been a busy little bee today, revealing various products like the Windows 7 Multitouch notebook and the 11.6-inch Aspire Timeline CULV notebook. Acer also displayed the world's first mainstream 3D laptop during the press conference today as well, the oddly-named Acer Aspire 5738PG.
According to Pocket Lint's hands-on report, the device doesn't use hardware-based 3D acceleration like Nvidia's 3D Vision GPU, but rather relies on a software solution called Acer 3D CineReal and the TriDef suite. However the software works in conjunction with a special 3D coating on the laptop's screen and a pair of polarized glasses.
Acer actually goes into detail about the technology here, revealing that the TriDef Media Player within the CineReal software can convert 2D videos and photos on-the-go. On the other hand, PC Pro said that there are drawbacks to Acer's 3D technology. Viewers are required to have their heads positioned carefully to see the 3D effects without ghosting. The screen also has some very slight horizontal lines that apparently are a side effect of the 3D technology.
As for the laptop hardware, the device uses Intel's Centrino2 processor, up to 4 GB of memory, and the 3rd generation of Dolby Home Theater. The cost will be somewhere around $1,500.