Former Valve hardware gurus Kickstart augmented reality glasses


Earlier this year, Valve employees Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson were fired, and the product they had spent more than a year working on — augmented reality system castAR — was put on ice. However, despite the layoffs, Ellsworth and Johnson were able to reach an agreement with Valve CEO Gabe Newell to continue the castAR project full-time — and they’ve created a Kickstarter campaign for their company, Technical Illusions, to bring the hardware to life.

CastAR is a hybrid AR/VR system that, when worn or clipped onto traditional glasses, produces hologram-like projections into the user’s field of vision. The eye-tracking technology within castAR can enable users to visualize the details of a designated surface, creating an AR experience that is affixed to a certain point, not traveling about the room.


The product itself consists of a lightweight (just 100 grams, OR 3.5 ounces) pair of glasses, embedded with two…

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