Fresh out of stealth last year, AR workstation startup Sightful today unveiled Spacetop G1, which promises to let you work in AR for up to seven hours before needing a recharge.

Initially revealed last year alongside the announcement the company had secured $61 million in funding, Sightful’s ‘headless AR laptop’ concept is pretty straightforward: headsets like Meta Quest 3 or Apple Vision Pro only have two to three hours of battery life, and need a keyboard anyway for reliable text input, so why not optimize a dedicated laptop to use a lightweight pair of AR glasses?

Enter Spacetop G1, which is the company’s first commercially available product following the early access version the company released in limited quantities last year. The new Spacetop G1 promises up to seven hours of battery life, a new, 70% faster Qualcomm chipset over the early access version, 90hz optics refresh rate, and onboard AI functionality.

Image courtesy Sightful

There are a few caveats to being the company’s first widely-available product. While Spacetop G1 can be reserved for $100 at sightful.com, the device is said to ship in October this year for $1,900, which—not to split hairs—is basically the price of the supplied XREAL Air 2 Ultra glasses ($700) that drives Spacetop G1 visual interactions and a new, low-spec MacBook Air.

Also, unlike a conventional laptop, Spacetop G1 uses its own SpaceOS. Much like a Chromebook, SpaceOS is an Android-based operating system that puts a heavy focus on web apps, which, at the time of this writing, doesn’t have access to the Google Play store.

Image courtesy Sightful

Still, the company is hoping it will strike a chord with users who value privacy—since it’s technically headless, nobody can see what you’re seeing—as well as productivity-minded people who want multi-monitors on the go, and a comparatively long battery life. And yes, there’s even a webcam. You can check out the specs below, and also get a fuller picture on the company’s website.

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Founded in 2020 by ex-Magic Leap executives Tamir Berliner (CEO) and Tomer Kahan (COO) and headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sightful now boasts 60+ employees working across product management, UX/UI, core software, cloud, applications, marketing, computer vision, systems, and design.

Specs

 XREAL Air 2 Ultra Glasses

  • Type: 2X OLED display panels
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels per eye
  • Refresh rate: 90Hz
  • Field of view (diagonal): 50°
  • Pixels per degree (PPD): 42 pixels
  • Custom prescription lenses: -8.00D to +6.00D

Computer

  • Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon QCS8550
  • CPU: KRYO
  • GPU: Adreno 740
  • AI: Dual eNPU V3, 48 INT8, 12 FP16 TOPs
  • Memory: 16 GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: 128 GB UFS3.1 (102 GB available)
  • Battery: 60W
  • Peripheral ports: 2x USB-C up to 10 Gb/s
  • Connectivity: Wi‑Fi 7 (802.11abgn/ac/ax/be), Bluetooth 5.3, 5G/LTE NR Sub-6 through eSIM, Nano-SIM card slot
  • Audio: 2X open-ear speakers (glasses), 6W stereo (laptop)
  • Charge time: From 0% to 85% in less than 2 hours
  • Power adapter: Dual Port USB-C, Up to 63W, 110V/220V

Workstation Dimensions

  • Size & Weight: Fits a standard laptop bag with the glasses safely stored in hardcover.
  • Min height: 0.51 inches (1.3 cm)
  • Max height: 2.44 inches (6.2 cm)
  • Width: 11.81 inches (30.0 cm)
  • Depth: 9.09 inches (23.1 cm)
  • Laptop weight: 3.08 lbs (1.4 kg)
  • Glasses weight: 0.18 lbs (85gr)
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  • g-man

    Neat. I really like the idea of this as a transition device. As stated if I’m doing desktop things I’m going to want a keyboard and pointer anyway and the laptop form factor already has that solved. Even my Q3 I usually use sitting down.

    However as a Mac guy I don’t think I could get by with only a browser-based OS, and the FOV and resolution leave quite a bit to be desired, but the idea is good. Hopefully someday this concept will come to a platform that works for me with a more immersive and dense display.

    • Stephen Bard

      The Visor, with twice the FOV and half the price, seems like a much more viable option.

      • ViRGiN

        If it only wasn’t sounding like a complete vaporware from unprofitable company who dabbled with nft/crypto.

  • Nevets

    Nice idea, but realistically what’s the 5yr sales projection? 700 units?

  • ViRGiN

    Obsolete. No real cost cutting due to lack of display, but completly annihilates usability. Samsung and other companies make laptops that can fold 360, so you essentially get the same stuff without compromise of some unknown company who is already taking money.

    Plus there is no real productivity on Android

  • I remember trying it at AWE US last year: contrary to what I expected, it was kinda cool to use

    • Heathcliff

      Could you imagine using it for a longer time as in making it one of your main productivity devices? Or was it more akin to a positive surprise, but that's it? Im wondering because the specs don't sound promising and the price really surprised me.

  • It no much different from now when you plug in your VR glass to your existing Laptop.

  • Arno van Wingerde

    Right…. 3 monitors on a device with 1920×1080 resolution on a Android-based OS without the play store , what could possibly go wrong?
    Even if you get this for free, just throw it in the trashbin unopened!

  • Neat idea!!
    []^ )