I did some work with a company that designed games machines for casinos/gaming venues. Here in Oz a company has to provide all SW source code and the downloaded executable for cross verfication ad the code is verified that it provides truly random odds. The access port for programming (or reprogramming) is secured so that it can't later tampered with. I imagine a dice like this would come under that scrutiny too leaving it in the hands of only a family who one would hope wouldn't cheat over a game of Monopoly :-)
In the 80s' we made electronic dice using a 4017 decade counter and a 555 oscillator. Do I really need a 32 bit micro-processor to count up to 6? Does everything I touch have to connect to my phone so I can share my every waking moment on social networking sites?
Elizabeth, I can easily immagine that an invention like this could take all of the "chance" out of games of chance. Just think of what you could do if you could roll sevens a hundred times in a row. Or if you could roll twelves every time. I don't think that anybody would be thrown out of a casino, they would exit in a box, though. Casino managers fight tough.
", and not just practical ones, " :-) Don't you just love these tech toys :-) I made a dice based on an Atmel ATtiny (8-pins, 1k of Flash, & 64 bytes of RAM) with 7 LED's and I thought that was fun. How times have shanged, now we have 32bit processors doing the same thing (well not really).
I am amazed at how much technology they could cram in these devices. The first thought that came to mind was how long before these show up in the backalley floating crap games? A game of chance has been forever altered. I wonder how they stand up to being thrown on concrete against a brick wall.
Seems one of the biggest engineering challanges in this device is balancing the hardware inside in all 3 axis so that the dice is not "weighted". In fact, electro-magnets and a small steel ball could be used to "program" unfair dice (password protected, of course). Pulling this out of your pocket in a Las Vegas casino is probably the fasted way to find the nearest exit.
Well this certainly adds a whole new dimension to games. It's amazing to see the range of applications, and not just practical ones, that can be invented with some of these new technologies. I wonder what impact this could have on games like casino dice rolling, something my dad has been into for a long time.
Cabe, this is a cool invention. The ARM processor brings lots of processing power and the sensors make for lots of interesting combinations. If it is Bluetooth, it will work with PCs that have Bluetooth, or a Bluetooth dongle. Then, it's just a matter of the software.
It will be interesting to see what types of integrated games can be built.
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