Like all the really great things in geekdom, it began with Star Wars. Former Valve employees Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson have come up with a way to bring that holoprojected chess match between R2D2 and Chewbacca, Dejarik, a reality, and the solution is castAR: augmented reality projecting glasses. After 18 months of prototyping, Ellsworth and Johnson have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish production.
Earlier this year, former Valve hardware developer Jeri Ellsworth offered a glimpse at the less-than-utopian reality of the company's unusual internal structure when she announced that she'd been fired amid a round of lay-offs. Now, in a recent interview for The Grey Area podcast, the self-described "bitter" ex-staffer offered more details on her dismissal, as well as the existence of what she calls a "hidden layer of powerful management" within Valve.