concept design

Portal 2 alternate realities detailed by Valve writers

Portal 2 alternate realities detailed by Valve writers

There are now two Portal games out there in the wild, both of them created with Valve ultimately simple concept of a factory testing technology on you, the player - but that's not all the writers on the team had in mind at one point or another. As all games begin with an idea, so too did Portal 2 begin with a notion that even though Portal could exist as a one-off game, it certainly didn't need to. Speaking up this week at an event in San Francisco, Valve writers Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw spoke on how iterations of the game Portal 2 existed in which there were no portals, no character Chell, and no GLaDOS factory at all - a maddening set of realities indeed!

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Gabe Newell of Valve speaks of futuristic Wearable Computers

Gabe Newell of Valve speaks of futuristic Wearable Computers

This week at the games portal the world knows best as a comic, Penny Arcade, Valve's own Gabe Newell spoke on many things in an interview, perhaps most interestingly of all on experiments he's been doing with wearable computers. It's not that long ago, he noted, that what was called the "wearable computer" was a growing industry, or at least a possibility for a market sometime in the future. Since those days, whenever those days may have been, law suits were filed for exploding computer body suits, nothing solid ended up really coming together during the popularity wave of the wearable computer, and they all but fizzled out - but they still exist, he insists, and they're about to be better than they ever were before.

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Technology and Gadgets top 5 posts of 2011 rundown

Technology and Gadgets top 5 posts of 2011 rundown

What we're about to experience is a closer look at the top five posts purely by popularity here on SlashGear inside the year 2011. That's twelve months of the mobile explosion, the Apple vs Google war, and the launch of some pretty fantastic products and strange stories. What you'll notice right out of the gate is that Apple held just as strong a hold on the web as it did on the market, with the top two stories being some undeniably surprising shots out of the dark. Are you ready for the winners?

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HP radical brand redesign proposal revealed

HP radical brand redesign proposal revealed

HP's identity could certainly use a makeover and apparently the company has been actively looking into making some changes during the past few years. Moving Brands, a company specializing in branding, was hired back in 2008 to re-envision HP's image and has come up with something that was apparently too radical for HP's tastes. The branding company has recently made the project available for the public to take a look, including rendered images and videos.

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Air Clicker concept gives your thumb the lens

Air Clicker concept gives your thumb the lens

While its not too often that a purely conceptual design shows up here in our news feed, but when it does, you know it's going to be fantastically odd - like this Air Clicker here designed by Yeon Su Kim, stripped of all the unnecessary components and connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, you use your hand to take the photo, no camera required! What you've got is two modules: the first fits on your thumb, the other on your forefinger, the thumb piece having an on/off button and a camera lens, the forefinger piece having tension-sensing silicon. Can you guess what comes next?

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Honda previews EV lineup for Tokyo Motor Show

Honda previews EV lineup for Tokyo Motor Show

Honda will be occupying the largest booth at next month's Tokyo Motor Show and it's got plenty of production and concept vehicles to fill up all that space. The company released a preview of its entire lineup today, which includes several automobiles and motorocycles as well as home power generation technology. Two electric vehicle concepts called the AC-X and the Small Sports EV stood out with very Tron-esque renderings.

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Nissan Pivo 3 EV concept gets closer to reality

Nissan Pivo 3 EV concept gets closer to reality

Nissan will be showing off its latest electric vehicle concept called the Pivo 3 at next month's Tokyo Motor Show. But ahead of the major event, the company has released some photos and videos this week of the third-generation Pivo and it's looking much closer to a realistic production vehicle than ever before.

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The Business self defense kit is card-sized weaponization

The Business self defense kit is card-sized weaponization

You come to SlashGear on the daily to get a dose of gadgets that will improve your life, but you and I know good and well that every once in a while you want to see something that can give you a black eye- that's why this post is about The Business self defense kit. This is a conceptual design made by Hoang and Ahn Nguyen (no relation to Vincent Nguyen) for CreativeSession, and at a business-card size and made to sit nicely aside your business casual attire, you'll have no problem working overtime and going home after dark.

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