JoinDOTA’s Toby “Tobi-Wan Kenobi” Dawson, one of Dota’s more well-known commentators and casters, recently visited Valve. He took quite a few pictures throughout the offices, including the usual highlights of a Valve visit – the lobby; the awards; the knives, and so on. But there was one picture that was by far the most intriguing, and it’s this one:
This may not look like much, but I think this might be an early prototype for Valve’s wearable hardware experiments. Let’s start with those goggles, which definitely seem to be VR goggles of some sort – they might even be the Virtual Boy‘s goggles. The mysterious “Death Ray” looks to be a high-powered infrared tube. It does have a laser warning sticker, so it might be part of some sort of alignment assembly using a laser to track where the user is looking through the goggles.
Obviously, it isn’t anything concrete, but this might be our first look at what Valve might be tackling in terms of hardware. It definitely seems to be linked to their wearable computing R&D, as this does look like a virtual reality prototype of some sort. Keep in mind that this is a mere prototype, and unbelievably far from what may turn out to be the final product. If you have any theories regarding what this thing may be, let us know in the comments section.
Credit to Flamov for the tip and some help with research.