Two of Razer's CES Prototypes Stolen From Show Floor, "Industrial Espionage" Not Ruled Out
"We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously."
[UPDATE] Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan has now confirmed that the two stolen prototypes were the Project Valerie triple-monitor laptops. He also announced that Razer is offering a $25,000 reward for original information in the case. Get more details here.
The original story is below.
PC company Razer announced two ambitious-looking prototypes at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, including a laptop with three screens and a smart projector. Project Valerie (the laptop) and Project Ariana (the projector) are pretty eye-catching pieces of technology--and thieves apparently took notice.
According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, two of its prototypes were stolen from the company's CES booth over the weekend,
though he didn't say which ones. Razer filed police reports and is currently working with CES show management and law enforcement to discuss what comes next. The executive added that "industrial espionage" has not been ruled out.
"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," Tan said.
The executive didn't say which prototypes specifically were stolen.
People who attended CES or have any information about the theft are asked to reach out to Razer at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tan said all information will be "kept in the strictest of confidence."
For lots more on Project Valerie, check out GameSpot's preview from CES above. You can get a closer look at Project Ariana through the video below. Bear in mind that Project Valerie and Project Ariana are only concepts and may never be released.
In 2011, thieves broke into Razer's office and stole prototypes for laptops that would become the company's Razer Blade, according to GameSpot sister site CNET.
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