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Former Valve employees working on augmented reality glasses

Following company layoffs, former Valve employees Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson are continuing their work on one of the company's defunct projects: augmented reality glasses called CastAR, The Verge reports.

CastAR operates through four main components: a pair of mini projectors, a retro reflective projector screen, active shutter glasses that filter images for both eyes and a built-in camera that uses infrared LEDs. This allows software to adjust in real time, meaning users can look at objects that aren't actually there, according to The Verge.

Ellsworth and Johnson reportedly worked on the project for more than a year while at Valve. The two were let go in February of this year for reasons undisclosed by Valve. At the time of layoffs, Gabe Newell issued a statement that the company was not canceling projects or changing priorities.

After being let go, it was "a no-brainer" to continue their work, Ellsworth told The Verge, apparently with Valve's blessing.

"Gabe was completely behind it," Ellsworth said. "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."

CastAR prototypes are apparently still in very early stages and nowhere close to a public release. You can check out the full story and a hands-on video over at The Verge.

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