REMEMBER WHEN Razer was showing off that three-screen gaming laptop at CES? Someone has pinched it from the show, much to the firm's annoyance.
CES is full of crap and some good things. The three-screen laptop, known as Project Valerie, fell into the latter category and gathered a lot of interest. Unfortunately, Razer is not able to control whose attention it gathers, and it piqued the interest of someone with sticky fingers and presumably a no-questions-asked buyer.
We assume we are supposed to presume that it is a Razer rival who wanted to know what is inside the three screen laptop, as opposed to a moron with an eBay account, though if it is the second it will probably be easier to track them.
We are not at CES, so we didn't do this thing. We only cottoned on to the theft when Razer took to Facebook to lament its losses. We didn't even cover the thing, mostly because we aren't CES, but also because we just didn't.
It is far more interesting to us now that it has been stolen from under the noses of the company and from under the noses of anyone who works on the CES show.
Razer co-founder and chief executive Min-Liang Tan said that two prototypes have been stolen from the Razer booth and that the company immediately got the police involved. It didn't name the pilfered devices, but the world and its dog are saying that they are the Valerie laptop and the Project Ariana projector.
The CEO said that the show management is also on the case and that in general everyone at Razer is mad and sad about this.
"At Razer, we play hard and we play fair. Our teams worked months on end to conceptualise and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest," he added.
"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".
The firm asks for anyone with any information to come forward with it. We have set up an eBay alert, and we will pass that on if we get a hit. µ
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