Casinos for youThe future of casino gaming machines took one step closer to the world of science fiction with the unveiling of Pilkington and Zytronic’s new ElectroglaZ wireless glass concept unit.
One of the greatest things about living in this day and age is the incredible advances that have been made in digital and touch screen technology. Looking back at sci-fi shows like Star Trek we can begin to pick out their crazy futuristic ideas and pinpoint them in real life.
The mobile phone and iPad are virtual picture-perfect reproductions of their communicators, while food printing is not on the cards just yet, 3D printers are advancing at incredible rates and thanks to Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos we’re not that far from being an actual space-faring species.
So Close Yet So Far
One of the areas where we are struggling to meet the ideals of those futuristic societies, we’ve watched evolve in modern media is the lack of clutter. Any advanced civilisation is shown to be clutter-free with no visible charging cables and certainly no cumbersome wiring dangling everywhere.
Even in our most advanced touch screen displays and transparent televisions we are always left with power cables, aerials and even internet connections that need to be artfully hidden with piping, plants and even paint.
However, two companies are working hard to make this a thing of the past. Glass and glazing solutions manufacturer Pilkington (owned by NSG Group) have joined forces with touch technology developer and manufacturer Zytronic to create futuristic gambling machines for present-day casinos and bars.
Seeing Is Believing
The ElectroglaZ gaming machine they have conceptualised, is a seemingly simple design with a floating 21.5” touchscreen LCD monitor embedded in a glass laminated glass panel. This clean interface also incorporates an induction-powered mobile phone charger, additional USB ports for any other devices you have on hand and an LED display that can be used for branding or even advertising.
Zytronic Technical Director Dr Andrew Morrison said:
“Gaming is among the world’s most rapidly evolving markets, where players and product developers alike are always looking to try out innovative and futuristic new technology. Using wireless power transfer, Zytronic is revolutionising the look and feel of traditional gaming machines to enhance the gaming experience.”
While the device might look simple at first glance you will notice that it addresses the issue of ugly wiring and circuitry that mars most other transparent and glass devices on the market. While you would be forgiven for thinking that the image is a model for display purposes you would be incorrect – this is how the working device looks and will look once installed into the venues that purchase them.
What Is Under The Hood?
As their pedigrees attest Pilkington and Zytronic have complementary skill sets which they have used to produce the electrically conductive device. This game-changing development now allows for the creation of gaming machines, digital mirrors, and other creative products where no wiring is required as the device in question is powered by the electricity flowing into the glass itself.
Aderlan Vitalino of the NSG Group said:
“The technology has enormous potential and can transfer power to a near-endless array of electronic devices. The result is aesthetically exciting, futuristic-looking design capabilities with applications across many of Zytronic’s core market sectors. We look forward to seeing the variety of exciting design possibilities and sector applications yet to be envisaged.”
Zytronic used its expertise in touch-screen development to use the conductive properties to work by prototyping the ElectroglaZ gaming machine. Not only does the unit have that clean, cableless look we all dream of seeing in our homes, but it is both easy to clean and incredibly durable making it ideal for high-touch surfaces such as casino games.
With the success of this concept, NSG TEC has already begun working on more everyday items such as refrigerators, in-vehicle displays, mobile device touch screens and advertising displays.
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