Tiny Startup Bets on $2000 Spacetop G1 Screenless Work Laptop

Tiny Startup Bets on $2000 Spacetop G1 Screenless Work Laptop

After nearly three years of development, a tiny startup named Sightful has revealed the Spacetop G1, the world’s first Augmented Reality (AR) laptop. This innovative device uses AR glasses to create a virtual 100-inch display and runs on Google ChromeOS.

Currently, the Spacetop G1 is priced at $1700 (usually $1900) and is available for reservation with a $100 refundable deposit. Shipping is expected to start in October 2024, but it’s only available in the US for now.

Developed by a team of over 60 spatial computing experts, including veterans from Apple, Microsoft, and Magic Leap, the Spacetop G1 offers a private, virtual workspace. The laptop features customized hardware and a unique spatial environment, allowing users to design their workspace wherever they are.

The Spacetop G1 measures 0.51 inches tall, 2.44 inches wide, 11.81 inches deep, and weighs 3.08 lbs. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon QCS8550 platform with a KRYO CPU and Adreno 740 graphics, and comes with 16GB LPDDR5 memory and 128GB UFS3.1 storage.

It features two USB-C ports, Wi-Fi 7, 5G support (Nano-SIM and eSIM), and Bluetooth 5.3. The 60Wh battery promises up to 8 hours of use, or a “full day’s work,” as the company puts it.

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The Spacetop G1 integrates NReal glasses with the proprietary Spacetop environment, providing clear, high-resolution AR windows overlaid onto the real world. The glasses attach to the laptop, weigh 0.18 lbs, and come with two OLED display panels (1920×1080 pixels per eye) with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 50° diagonal field of view. Custom prescription lenses are available from -8.00D to +6.00D.

It remains to be seen if businesses are ready to embrace the concept of a screenless AR laptop like the Spacetop G1, especially given its high price point.

“Laptops are essential to our daily working lives, yet the technology hasn’t evolved to match the modern ‘work from anywhere’ mentality,” said Tamir Berliner, CEO and co-founder of Sightful. “Meanwhile, Augmented Reality holds promise but lacks a daily use case. Spacetop G1 is the first step towards a new paradigm.”

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