Valve Is Testing These Crazy Gaming Goggles

The New York Times has a great feature on Valve and some of the things they've been up to recently, including these crazy wearable goggles.

Here's how they describe the contraption:

Every way I look, the scene shifts, the battle unfolds. I have a crazy contraption strapped to my head: a boxy set of goggles that looks like a 22nd-century version of a View-Master. It immerses me in a virtual world. I whirl one way and see zombies preparing to snack on my flesh. I turn another and wonder what fresh hell awaits.


Now Valve executives think they may be onto the next big thing in games: wearable computing. The goggles I'm wearing - reminiscent of the ones Google recently unveiled to much hoopla - could unlock new game-playing opportunities. This technology could let players lose themselves inside a virtual reality and, eventually, blend games with their views of the physical world.

The Times also mentions that Valve's Big Picture mode, a new interface that adapts Steam for use on televisions, will enter beta this Monday. We'll have more details on Steam's new television mode Monday morning.

Game Maker Without a Rule Book [NY Times]


    FINALLY! A successor to the virtua boy!
    I'm joking, of course. But I really do have doubts as to whether this will ever hit the market.

      I dont know, the Oculus Rift thing looks promising.

        it would be great if they partnered up

    Will it make me uncomfortable like 3D?

    I dunno, imagine taking your AR kit out (with built in Android computing so no cables) to turn your local real life oval into an AR mech battlefield. Or fantasy world. You're treading real life turf as you walk across a field in an elf kingdom. These guys are clever for getting in early, right as graphics are getting portable and approaching console quality.

      Wow can you imagine the public liability insurance they would need?

      That's already out there, or at least in terms of superimposing architecture of the past onto the modern landscape:

    Nerv Gear anyone?

      Wonder if tech would even get that far in our lifetime.

      neuro linkers are the way to go

    Head mount displays are the way to go, I'm playing around with the Sony one and it's so fun.

    SX50 Aug reality glasses, prefer the SX60.

    it will take time and more research, but this is a step in the right direction, another 10 years and maybe ill have the prefect mmorpg.

    Cool, next step.. brain implants?? HAHA Or whacko's wundering around going ballistic thinking the virtual is real...not so HAHA

    I found this article interesting. John Carmack was demoing some goggles too at the last E3 I believe.

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