After waiting for a period of three years, it is time to meet Spacetop, the world’s first Augmented Reality (AR) laptop.
Founded by spatial computing veterans Tamir Berliner and Tomer Kahan, Sightful, based out of Tel Aviv, has developed Spacetop with its team of over 60 spatial computing experts, including veterans from Apple, Microsoft, and Magic Leap.
In total, Sightful has raised $61 million in funding from leading global investors including Aleph (backed Raftt and daily.dev), Corner Ventures, and more.
“To date, every other company’s approach to Augmented Reality has, ironically, been completely removed from reality,” said Eden Shochat, Equal Partner at Aleph. “Sightful focused on an immediate utility which advances human productivity, a personal passion of mine; rather than trying to convince the world that we need to live in a metaverse or create an entirely new way of working, they focused on building a product people can use now.”
“Spacetop is the bridge between ‘reality’ and Augmented Reality, combining the utility and versatility of a laptop with the magic of painting information on the world around us,” said Marvin Tien, Partner at Corner Ventures. “Corner is committed to leveraging all its connections across Asia Pacific, Europe, and anywhere else in the world where our network may reach to help align the Sightful team with the right leaders across spatial computing, personal computing, and product innovation.”
Spacetop revolutionises remote working
Spacetop unleashes a next-gen personal computing experience and is the first application of AR that seamlessly fits into users’ daily lives. With customised hardware and a proprietary spatial environment, Spacetop leverages AR to remove the physical constraints of standard laptops.
The first-of-its-kind product allows users to carry with them a massive, private, virtual workspace designed and customised by the user to be their most creative self, no matter where they are, in a familiar laptop form factor.
The Spacetop work environment, called the Canvas, and the user’s work are completely invisible to those who are not using the device. With over 100-inch virtual canvas, Spacetop users design their perfect working environment, uncluttered and organised in the exact way that helps them focus and do their best work.
Unlike traditional laptops with 13- to 16-inch screens resulting in endless tabs, buried applications, and constant window switching, Spacetop lets users focus with their key applications visible and accessible at any moment. These applications are all overlaid on the real world where users are present.
Established valuable partnerships
Sightful’s Spacetop hardware brings together two of the largest names in both personal computing and augmented reality – Wistron and NReal. It uses customised NReal glasses with the proprietary Spacetop environment to let users access all of their important web applications such as Zoom calls or Google Docs on clear, high-resolution augmented reality windows overlaid onto the real world. It lets users naturally interact with people around them.
Wistron is a global technology service provider supplying ICT (information and communication technology) products, along with a robust R&D infrastructure and deep experience in product development.
“Our company infrastructure dedicated to R&D and innovation thrives on world-changing ideas,” said Ray Wah, Chief of Product and Strategy at Wistron.
Early access program
Besides launching the AR laptop, Sightful has initiated the Spacetop Early Access program. This program is now open and 1,000 early adopters invited to join via the company’s website.
Ray added, “The Spacetop Early Access program launching today will reach some of the most influential early adopters in the world and, as Spacetop expands, they can leverage our global manufacturing leadership to achieve the scale they need to usher in this new era of personal computing. We are always looking forward to be a part of such a major shift in an established market but, just like Spacetop, Wistron is passionate about pushing the boundaries for breakthrough experiences.”