Dell’s Nyx concept showcases Metaverse-ready monitor and futuristic gaming rigs

Dell always has interesting prototypes and concept piece to be shown at CES. I don’t think about any of them actually turned into real productsbut this year we’re seeing some of those prototypes return to V2 form.

Last year’s Nyx concept was a home game server that allows you to store games in one place and play them from different screens around the house. This year I saw a new Nyx controller, which looks like a standard gamepad, but with a lot of extra features built in.

There’s a fingerprint reader under the center button, which is great. The touch sensors sit below the shoulder buttons, so you can slide your finger along them for different effects. There are two scroll wheels below the center area, giving you new zoom and selection options. On the back there are shift buttons, similar to how some fancy controllers have paddle buttons. These can let you switch between sets of commands – hold down a Shift key, for example, and the main face buttons can do different things.

Note the spinning wheels at the bottom edge.

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Like the Nyx server hub we saw last year, it’s just a concept, but I think it’s promising. There’s plenty of room to improve on the classic Xbox-style controller that’s become the standard for PC gaming, but it can be limited.

Nyx and the future of work

The Nyx brand also extends to a series of seemingly unrelated experiences that include hybrid desktop connectivity.

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This is a stereoscopic 3D display (no glasses required), with eye tracking.

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It’s a huge collection of hardware and software, and in my hands-on demo, I used glasses-free 3D displays and depth-sensing cameras to create a 3D avatar that could participate in VR meetings.

It’s not that new, but then I switched to a new prototype widescreen display that was also autostereoscopic, using eye-tracking cameras to create a custom 3D image for my eyes. I tried a lot of glasses-free 3D technology about 10 years ago, when it wasn’t good, but the addition of eye-tracking cameras makes it much better.

Dell's Nyx concept showcases Metaverse-ready monitor and futuristic gaming rigs


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I also jumped into the same virtual meeting using a VR headset (not made by Dell), then used a small tablet to write on a shared whiteboard that you can see in VR, on the 3D monitor, and projected onto a wall. The idea is that any kind of future workspace connected to the metaverse will need to seamlessly accommodate people in VR, on flat screens, in meeting rooms, and more.

What caught my eye the most were some of the accessories attached to Dell’s 3D monitor prototype. I liked this little ball, which can be swiped left and right to highlight menu items in 3D space, then rotated to zoom in or out.

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Dell calls this pellet a space input device.

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Like the Nyx gaming rig, the Nyx Workplace and Connectivity Edition isn’t a specific product or products you’ll be able to buy anytime soon, but I’m glad people are thinking seriously about the future of work, and I’m pleasantly surprised by the return of autostereoscopic 3D displays.

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