Valve may be following in Google’s footsteps and looking towards wearable computing

Google’s Project Glass has made a big splash since it was announced last week. In the gaming sphere, Valve has hinted at something that seems like it’s in the same vein. Ars Technica has a write up, discussing the suggestions made by Valve developer Michael Abrash.

While Abrash was quick to point out that his research “doesn’t in any way involve a product at this point, and won’t for a long while, if ever,” he was effusive about the potential of wearable computing as the logical next step in computing’s progression from desktop to laptop to tablets and mobile devices. And he thinks such wearable, eye-mounted devices could become a new standard in a relatively short time frame.

I’m all for the future, but it’s also kind of terrifying. The article mentions that these types of reality-enhancing overlays could be achieved through glasses (okay), contacts (awesome), or even “some kind of more direct neural connection” (terrifying).

The fact that Abrash is so ready to accept this as a new paradigm is also interesting. I would ask what he knows that I don’t, but obviously that’s a lot. And hey, if this kind of technology spreads widely enough, it could mean an entirely new way to play games, which is always exciting.