CastAR’s first prototype.
Subsequent revisions brought the glasses’ size down and fidelity up, so that its mounted projectors would better convey the feeling that virtual objects appeared on a mat (also known as “augmented reality” or “mixed reality”). However, the project’s future is now in doubt. (credit: CastAR)
The future of CastAR, an ambitious augmented reality system that began life in Valve’s hardware labs five years ago, is now in serious doubt.

A bleak Monday Tweet from a former CastAR staffer was followed by Polygon’s Brian Crecente reporting a full company shutdown.
Citing unnamed “former employees,” Polygon reported that the hardware maker’s primary finance group pulled all funding last week.

This was allegedly followed by a full staff layoff and an announcement that the company’s remaining assets would be liquidated.
As of press time, neither CastAR nor its affiliated developer, Eat Sleep Play, have posted any confirmation of shut downs or liquidation.

Ars Technica has reached out to CastAR co-founders Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson. We will update this report with any response.
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