On its job postings page, Valve is looking to bring on an industrial designer. The description for this position says that the company is "hoping to add your expertise in product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, and surfacing to our team."
Things get exciting, quick. "Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. We're frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we're jumping in. Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years. There's a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked."
To me, this doesn't sound like the so-called "Steam Box," but rather something to do with peripherals. While I have visions of virtual reality, wearable computers, and the like in my head, I think that stuff is probably further out for consumers. Any theories as to what this could be?
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