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Valve trademarks ‘Chaperone’ to bring physical objects in to VR

Valve has gone ahead and trademarked something called ‘Chaperone’, no it isn’t some weird new driving game where you drive your kids around, but rather a set of tools aimed to bring objects in the physical world around you in to virtual reality. This technology could end up debuting on the first games released for The Vive.

The trademark was filed with the US Patents and Trademarks office back in March but was only recently discovered by the good folks over at Reddit.

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Here is what the trademark describes specifically: “Hardware and software, sensors, and beacons for the detection and measurement of physical objects and the representation of such objects in virtual reality environments; Devices used for the detection and measurement of physical objects and the representation of such objects in virtual reality environments; Electronic apparatus for the detection and measurement of physical objects and the representation of such objects in virtual reality environments”.

The trademark does show Valve Corporation as the owner, so this doesn’t appear to be any sort of hoax, which we have seen happen in the past. You can view the trademark for yourself, HERE. 

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KitGuru Says: Being able to scan real world objects and have them appear in your virtual reality world is a cool concept. It will be interesting to see if Valve implements this in to anything or merely passes it on as a tool for other developers to use. 

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