There was much gnashing of teeth from the gaming community when Valve recently let go of 25 employees. From those ashes, Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson have since moved on, and with Gabe’s blessing, retained ownership of their work and now continue their passionate dream of bringing Augmented Reality to the world.
As reported back in February , Valve decided to “let go” some 25 staff members. As part of this, both Jeri Ellsworth (well known hardware engineer) and Rick Johnson (Linux code ninja) were able to take their work with them. Together, they formed the company Technical Illusions and they continue their journey in building their vision of an Augmented Reality headset.
The differences between AR and VR can be blurred, but they are significant. Where VR brings you into the software space, AR is designed the other way around – bringing the software into your space. It will certainly be interesting to see how their product matures, and which software/games are brought into this specific arena of personal interaction.