Razer is one of the top gaming companies in the world for a reason. They are constantly at the cutting edge of technology. A lot of the daily conveniences or innovations we love most about gaming hardware comes from the R&D labs of Razer. The best known example is their Chroma range which continues to change how colours can be used. Introducing concepts like choreographed light patterns between devices or Chroma customization in some games that allows them to control the colours to enhance the atmosphere.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this last weekend, they continued showing off in a most emphatic fashion, taking home many awards for their two new technologies. Project Ariana, a virtual reality projector, takes the Chroma range to the next level by creating atmosphere by reading environmental information from the game and projecting it around the room for the most immersive gaming experience yet. Ariana won the official “Best Gaming” award, as well as “People’s Choice” from Engadget and was nominated for Best Home Theater Product” and “Best Disruption Tech”. Here is a a look at the projector in action:
The other product that received 19 awards including Best of CES from PC Mag was the Project Valerie, a laptop featuring an Nvidia GTX1080 card and three 17 inch screens to give the world’s first portable laptop with 3 built in monitors.
Unfortunately though it was not all cheers and celebration though for Razer at CES, with CEO Min-Liang Tan this morning announcing via his Facebook page that 2 prototypes had been stolen from the show floor. According to the post:
I’ve just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today.
We have filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.
At Razer, we play hard and we play fair. Our teams worked months on end to conceptualize and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest.
We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously – it is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us. Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart.
If you were at the show and/or if you can provide us any information, please do reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – all information provided will be kept in the strictest of confidence.
The booth had 2 of each prototype in the booth; one on display and the other in a “user experience” section. There is no official word as yet as to which prototypes were stolen, but the authorities are taking this very seriously. Hopefully the perpetrators are caught and the technologies returned, especially if this was an attempt by a competitor to learn more about the technology.