What is Valve's Chaperone?

Trademark filing suggests more VR plans from Gabe's gang.

A new trademark filing by Valve has been unearthed on Reddit and may shed further light on the company's VR plans.

The filing, made in March but discovered yesterday, is for something called Chaperone and according to the description it covers "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."

Here's the logo that is being trademarked.

chaperone
Not very sexy.

From the description it sounds like Valve has plans to import real world objects, or even players, into virtual reality spaces, though whether it's intended as a development tool or a consumer feature remains to be seen.

Valve is already a partner with mobile tech firm HTC for a VR platform called Vive, and has its own SteamVR project on the go.

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