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Razer's CES booth hit by theft, two prototypes missing

Razer's CES booth hit by theft, two prototypes missing

Two prototype devices, thought to be the pictured Project Valerie and the Project Ariana projector, have been stolen from Razer's booth at CES.

Razer's presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been hit by disaster this week, with the company reporting the theft of two prototype devices from its booth.

Razer caught considerable attention at the Consumer Electronics Show thanks to the presence of Project Valerie, a triple-screen Ultra HD gaming laptop it claimed was no thicker or more cumbersome than a traditional single-screen 17in design. While the company was keen to show it off, it was quieter on topics surrounding pricing, release date, or even plans to bring it to market at all - and all that teasing appears to have been too much for at least one attendee.

'I've just been informed that two of our prototypes were stolen from our booth at CES today,' Razer co-founder and chief executive Min-Liang Tan wrote in a Facebook post published early this morning. 'We have filed the necessary reports and are currently working with the show management as well as law enforcement to address this issue.

'At Razer, we play hard and we play fair. Our teams worked months on end to conceptualise 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 has not revealed precisely which prototypes were stolen, but the two main contenders are Project Valerie and a projector going under the name Project Ariana. Tan has asked anyone with information relating to the thefts to email legal@razerzone.com 'in the strictest of confidence'.

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Corky42 9th January 2017, 12:02 Quote
Stealing a prototype must rate in the top 10 dumbest things to steal, it's not like it can be used or copied without being noticed.
tonyd223 9th January 2017, 14:16 Quote
Shaggy... (It wasn't me...)
ZeDestructor 9th January 2017, 14:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Stealing a prototype must rate in the top 10 dumbest things to steal, it's not like it can be used or copied without being noticed.

They may not care though.. Say it's a small-time competitor who nicked Valerie: they could reverse-engineer the screen mechanism in far less time than it took Razer to engineer it in the first place and ruin Razer's competitive edge.

And let's be honest, China has no problems stealing other people's IP...
IanW 9th January 2017, 15:06 Quote
Keep an eye on the new season of "Pawn Stars"...
RedFlames 9th January 2017, 15:11 Quote
Bindi... was it you?
Kernel 9th January 2017, 15:13 Quote
Did Linus just break it and hide it somewhere?
Pookie 9th January 2017, 15:38 Quote
They obviously omitted a Kensington lock then?
Gareth Halfacree 9th January 2017, 15:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookie
They obviously omitted a Kensington lock then?
Not that a Kensington lock would slow anybody down all that much...

EDIT: Wait, this one's even better - opened in about three seconds with rolled up cardboard and in a motion that means it looks exactly like you're using a key!
Pookie 9th January 2017, 15:45 Quote
Bugger! It may have at least been a deterrent if one was on. We may never know.
Mister_Tad 9th January 2017, 15:48 Quote
They're not really mean to deter proper criminals, just prevent someone casually nicking something in plain sight. I suspect it could have done the trick in this case, as I'm going to take a punt and assume that it was casually yoinked as they were packing away
RedFlames 9th January 2017, 16:35 Quote
Maybe Jony Ive did it...
Cheapskate 9th January 2017, 17:22 Quote
Anyone check Reno's Craigslist yet?
RedFlames 9th January 2017, 17:50 Quote
It also shows that the Valerie laptop is indeed portable.
Maki role 9th January 2017, 18:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
It also shows that the Valerie laptop is indeed portable.

Wouldn't have been able to steal Acer's "laptop"...
RedFlames 9th January 2017, 18:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Maki role
Wouldn't have been able to steal Acer's "laptop"...

Probably wouldn't have wanted to either...
sixfootsideburns 9th January 2017, 20:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
It also shows that the Valerie laptop is indeed portable.

I must say it would be a genius piece of advertising in the end if this were the case. Similar to when one of Gary Powell (Apple software engineer) "accidentally" left the iPhone 4 prototype at a bar. Simple mistake? Or brilliant marketing?
Xir 10th January 2017, 05:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by sixfootsideburns
Gary Powell (Apple software engineer)
Isn't that the guy that got shot down with the U2?
They must have mighty old engineers.
azrael- 10th January 2017, 13:14 Quote
Apparently, the word on Razer's FB page is now that two "Valerie" prototypes have been nicked. One under each arm?
Taua 11th January 2017, 02:22 Quote
linus probably took it, he's gone rogue :o
CsCocoa 17th January 2017, 15:20 Quote
the irony must be totally lost on them,

- develops a prototype laptop that can support 3 screens and also be folded up to be a normal laptop size.

- surprised when someone steals a laptop that's super slim.

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Kensington lock x 5000 next time?
Gareth Halfacree 17th January 2017, 16:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by CsCocoa
the irony must be totally lost on them,
- develops a prototype laptop that can support 3 screens and also be folded up to be a normal laptop size.
- surprised when someone steals a laptop that's super slim.
I'm not too sure that's irony, there. If you stole something of mine that was small and pocketable, I'd be surprised too - 'cos I don't expect people to steal things from me, just like I don't steal things from them. Amazingly, "but it was so easy to steal, Your Honour" is not considered a valid defence against a charge of theft.
Cthippo 17th January 2017, 22:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
Amazingly, "but it was so easy to steal, Your Honour" is not considered a valid defence against a charge of theft.

It may not be a valid defense, but I suspect it is very often a consideration in the decision to steal something. That's why the locks (sort of) work. It makes it just that much harder and so deters people.
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