I’m a fan of conceptual stuff. I like seeing cars that are never going to be for sale or laptops that have wacky features that will never get produced. I like this stuff because I like the feeling that the people responsible for bringing us new tech products aren’t confined only to the things they can mass produce. They aren’t stuck only thinking about bottom lines and stock prices. I like knowing that there are dreamers behind the scenes and that cool stuff we’ve never dreamed of is being worked on in a lab or factory somewhere and it could be just a matter of time before it is unveiled to the world.
Every once and a while, however, there are concepts that are not just a neat idea, but also something I’d be willing to fork over money for right now. Fully-functioning, attainable concepts can almost have the opposite affect on me. Instead of looking at the object as a dream or a “one day” possibility, these concepts pieces are so ready for market that you instead feel a bit aggravated that this particular thing isn’t going to be available.
That is the case with this see-through version of the Stadia controller. This very-limited edition of the controller was made for a handful of Stadia team members to commemorate the launch of Stadia and celebrate those who’s effort made the November launch happen. This was a one-off production and only those who received the controller will ever have one. They are devoid of essentials like the battery, some ribbon cables, and the rumble motor, but everything else that makes up the very exceptional Stadia controller is on display for you to see through foggy, clear plastic.
One of the lead Stadia engineers decided to take this all a step further, however, and put the guts from a working Stadia controller into his clear version. He doesn’t go into great detail how exactly he got all this working, but in the video you are looking at what is likely the only fully-functioning clear Stadia controller in the world.
Between the glow of the Stadia button and the general coolness of being able to see the internal working bits, this controller would sell like hotcakes if Google ever chose to release one. It seems that hope, at least for now, is simply in vain. So, take another look at the clear controller, be glad that conceptual things exist, and rest in the fact that you can’t have one anytime soon.
SOURCE: 9to5 Google