Two unidentified prototypes were stolen from Razer’s booth Sunday night, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan wrote on Facebook early this morning.
He said that the company has filed a police report and is working both with show management and law enforcement to track down the thief.
He didn’t say which of the prototypes were stolen. The company showed off two new devices this year: a laptop with three screens that automatically pop into place when opened and a special projector that extends the lights and looks of a video game to an entire room.
While no more details were offered, Tan did raise the possibility of this being a case of industrial espionage.
“At Razer, we play hard and we play fair,” he wrote on the Facebook post. “Our teams worked months on end to conceptualize and develop these units and we pride ourselves in pushing the envelope to deliver the latest and greatest.
“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 that if anyone has any information about the thefts to reach out to the company at [email protected]
“All information provided will be kept in the strictest of confidence,” he wrote.
Razer unveiled prototypes for its two new concepts on Thursday at the show.
Project Valerie is a Razer laptop with a built-in mechanical keyboard and three, 17.3-inch 4K monitors. The monitors automatically slide out of the sides of the main screen and adjust into place when the laptop is open.
Project Ariana uses an ultra-wide fisheye lens and advanced processing capabilities to communicate with games in real time to create both lighting and video effects. A pair of 3D depth sensing cameras are used with proprietary calibration software, which automatically calibrates itself to detect environmental factors such as furniture and room lighting.
The company said it plans to develop Ariana into a consumer-ready model by the end of this year. No word on what future plans for Valerie the company may have.
This weekend’s theft isn’t the first time someone has stolen a Razer concept prototype.
In 2011, someone broke into Razer’s San Francisco Bay Area research and development labs and made off with two prototypes for the peripheral maker’s Razer Blade.
The break-in happened over the weekend of Nov. 4, according to a Facebook post by Razerat the time.
We’ve reached out to Razer for more details about this weekend’s theft and what specifically was stolen and will update this story when they reply.