Razer isn’t a household name, but it’s wildly popular with gamers. The company is notorious for making very nice, very expensive hardware: Mice, keyboards, and laptops are its primary products.
But Razer is also notorious for bizarre prototypes, like “Project Valerie” right here:
And this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Razer says two prototypes were stolen from its booth.
“I’ve just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today,” Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan wrote on Facebook over the weekend.
Razer showed off two new prototypes at the show this year: Project Valerie (seen above) and Project Ariana, a projection/camera system for making video games impact the real world around your screen.
Razer says it has “filed the necessary reports” and is “working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue”; Tan doesn’t rule out “industrial espionage,” though it’s not clear if there’s any reason to believe that is the case here. Razer asks anyone with information to contact its legal team.
Razer has a long history of showcasing prototypes. It’s an annual tradition at this point: Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Razer debuts a bizarre prototype that may or may not become an actual product.
For instance: In 2012, Razer showcased a hybrid tablet/laptop that could be used as a (massive) handheld game console – it was called Project Fiona. Fans responded so positively to Project Fiona that it became a product by 2013, dubbed the “Razer Edge”:
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Subsequent prototypes haven’t been quite as successful. A modular computer named “Project Christine” disappeared into the ether, despite being well-received.
UPDATE: Razer issued a statement to Business Insider on Monday afternoon, stating that two of its three-screen laptops (“Project Valerie”) were stolen on Sunday afternoon. The company is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone with “original information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of a criminal suspect.”
Here’s the full statement:
“Two Razer Project Valerie laptop prototypes were stolen from the Razer booth at CES. The product was taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017. A $25,000 reward is being offered for original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect. Razer, in its sole discretion, will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount. Razer may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. The decision will be based primarily upon law enforcement’s evaluation of the value of the information provided. When there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts determined by Razer. Razer associates are not eligible for the reward. This reward offer is good for one year from the date it is first offered, unless extended by Razer. Information about the theft can be sent to email@example.com. Razer will not publicly disclose material that it receives or details about respondents, except to those persons with whom Razer is directly working to resolve this matter or as may be required by law.”