When you think about virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR), companies that spring to mind probably include Facebook/Oculus, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and a few others. Possibly not on that list yet but gaining ground is Acer, the computer manufacturer more widely renown for its laptops. At Computex Taipei 2017 this week, the company has been showcasing its latest immersive tech alongside announcing that its thin Predator Triton 700 gaming notebook will ship with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs.
Acer is flaunting its new Predator Triton 700 ultrathin gaming notebook during the event, with the device housing the overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and standard-voltage 7th Generation Intel Core processors in an aluminum chassis that’s 18.9 mm-thin (0.74 inch). The company achieves this using its AeroBlade 3D metal fans that increase airflow by a claimed 35 percent whilst taking up less space within the device. Two NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration and up to 32 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory helps the system run at peak performance.
The notebook also includes two USB 3.0 ports (featuring power-off USB charging), one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort connector and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The Predator Triton 700 will be available in North America in August starting at $2,999 USD, and in EMEA in August starting at €3,399 EUR.
If you’re heading to Computex 2017, Acer has a lot more immersive tech on demonstration that showcases its plans for the future. It’s booth features the Windows Mixed Reality and StarVR head-mounted displays (HMDs), which featured at Microsoft Build and Next@Acer respectively.
Also from the Next@Acer event is the Holo 360 camera. Described by the company as a ‘swiss army knife’, the camera looks more like a traditional point and shoot device rather than rivals such as Gear 360 or DokiCam. The Holo 360 does all the processing, editing, and sharing, with a touchscreen, Wi-Fi and 4G LTE available, so users could even use it to make calls.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Acer and its VR/AR/MR plans, so keep reading for the latest announcements.