Valve had people working on an Augmented Reality project a while ago, but unfortunately many people had to be let go including those working on the project. Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, both former Valve employees, are continuing work on the AR glasses though, calling them CastAR.
CastAR will utilise four separate components to operate. A pair of mini projectors, a reflective projector screen, active shutter glasses and a built-in camera.
Both Ellsworth and Johnson were working on this technology for about a year whilst they were at Valve, until they were let go in February of this year for unknown reasons. Valve still haven’t revealed exactly why they were laid off, but have issued a statement saying that they weren’t cancelling any projects.
According to Ellsworth, they had the full go ahead from Gabe Newell and Valve to continue working on this project despite being let go from the company.
“Gabe was completely behind it. I talked to Gabe, and he talked to the lawyers, and he’s like, ‘It’s theirs, make it happen,’ because he could see we were passionate about it.”
The CastAR prototypes are still in the very early stages of development and aren’t anywhere near ready to see a public release yet.
Source: The Verge