Acer to bring contactless computing to Aspire range through 3D camera

V 17 Nitro Notebooks to include Intel RealSense tech for gesture-based UI

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Acer to bring contactless computing to Aspire range through 3D camera Acer V 17 Nitro notebook models include 17.3-inch Full HD displays.
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 2, 2015

Acer today announced that its forthcoming Aspire V 17 Nitro notebooks will feature the Intel RealSense 3D camera.

The camera can interpret and respond to natural movement in three dimensions, allowing users to interact with games, open webpages or navigate applications without touching the notebook's keyboard or mouse. 

The camera will also enable 3D scanning, and 3D-model generating and printing on a 3D printer. Acer has included a number of apps that will allow "new ways to interact" in gaming, entertainment, and content creation.

"Acer believes three-dimensional computing offers unlimited potential for both professional and consumer uses," said, John Miedema, director, product marketing, Acer Europe. "Business applications include 3D modelling, mapping and architectural design, while the most popular consumer uses will likely include augmented reality gaming and simple PC navigation and control."

The Intel RealSense 3D camera includes a conventional camera, an infrared camera and an infrared laser projector. Together, they infer depth by detecting infrared light that has bounced back from objects in front of it. This visual data, taken in combination with motion-tracking software, creates a touch-free interface that responds to hand and head motions as well as facial expressions.

"With Intel RealSense technology consumers will be able to control and interact with their computers in a natural and immersive way," said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president, Intel and general manager, Client Computing Group. "Whether it is controlling a game with your gestures or easily scanning your face or an object for 3D printing, the Acer Aspire V Nitro featuring Intel Core processors and Intel RealSense is an exciting step forward for consumers looking for a high-performance notebook."

Acer V 17 Nitro notebook models include 17.3-inch Full HD displays with IPS technology and are powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, with up to 4GB DDR5 VRAM.  Storage space is a hybrid setup, with 128GB or 256GB solid state drive and up to 1TB of hard disk storage.

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