$1,700 'Spacetop' Laptop Uses AR Glasses Instead of a Display

The Apple Vision Pro can be used as a display for a connected Mac, but it is bulky, heavy, and uncomfortable. The Spacetop G1, a new laptop from former Magic Leap employees, promises to solve those problems by pairing a computer with a set of lightweight AR glasses that look more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Priced at $1,700, Spacetop is basically a keyboard with an attached set of glasses. There is no display, but there is a top case that the glasses can be stored in when the device is not in use. Videos featuring the device show users typing on the keyboard while viewing a set of AR windows that are placed around them.

The Spacetop runs SpaceOS, which the company says is a spatial operating system built for productivity. It focuses on web tasks, which provides content without the company having to recruit developers to build apps.

The AR glasses weigh in at 85 grams, while the Vision Pro weighs between 600 and 650 grams depending on the attached Light Seal. The keyboard is just under 12 inches wide, and the whole setup weighs three pounds, which is heavier than a MacBook Air or iPad Pro.

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It includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon QCS8550 chip, 128GB storage, 16GB RAM, and two open-ear speakers. There are two USB-C ports on the keyboard component that allow it to be connected to a traditional external display, and the battery lasts for up to eight hours. The glasses are equipped with two OLED display panels with a 1920x1080 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, and custom prescription lenses are supported.

The Spacetop G1 will retail for $1,900, but those who reserve it early can get a $200 discount, dropping the price to $1,700. A machine can be reserved for a $100 refundable deposit, and it is expected to start shipping in October 2024.

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Top Rated Comments

Onimusha370 Avatar
2 weeks ago
1920x1080 is going to look truly awful
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aUniqueName Avatar
2 weeks ago
I think this is what Apple will have to do if they ever want to make AR Glasses (and ive been waiting for them to do it since Google Glasses came out years ago) -They just need to use the iPhone's processor and wirelessly transmit the display to the glasses. They were trying to figure out how to put M chips into the glasses and this is wrong until they get down well below 1nm. Just use the iPhone for the hard work and wirelessly send the display to the glasses. They could probably have this running now with current technology. Especially since you see someone else already did it.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bodhitree Avatar
2 weeks ago
It’s not a bad idea… a headless laptop with glasses for the display allows you to get 80% of the Vision Pro experience with a lot less technical hassle and a better solution to typing than an on-screen keyboard.

If Microsoft had done this with a Surface device and run Windows on it, it would have been a serious play.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alchemistmuffin Avatar
2 weeks ago

The Spacetop runs SpaceOS, which the company says is a spatial operating system built for productivity. It focuses on web tasks, which provides content without the company having to recruit developers to build apps.
Yep it’s dead on arrival. If it’s not running at least Windows, it won’t matter. People wanting this laptop for productivity will want a decent OS, and their own custom OS wont cut it.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nfl46 Avatar
2 weeks ago
That’s cute and all but when this thing is available and in the hands of customers, let me know. They all talk a nice game and announce these type of devices but yet it’s never released. Let’s see if that October 2024 date holds.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spaxxedout Avatar
2 weeks ago
I get nobody likes the Vision Pro, but “the first spatial OS designed for productivity” is simply incorrect.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)