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]