Dice + Tablet + Bluetooth = Pretty Cool

smartROLL Dice
smartROLL Dice

Last night @ericrz sent me a tweet with this pretty cool video for Scoshe Bluetooth SmartROLL Electronic Gaming Dice from the E3 (video game) Expo this week. I love craps and the demo was setup to show how the bluetooth dice worked with a craps game on a tablet. Check it out.

The crap demo looks super cool but at first glance the technology for SmartROLL looks like it would be better suited for a digital version of a board game than a craps game.

Seeing technology like this from a non-gaming conference excites me for what I’ll see at the next Global Gaming Expo (G2E) later this year.

SmartROLL will be available to the public later this year. You can find more info on SmartROLL on the Scosche website.

Thanks for sending this over, Eric!

Navigating G2E

This is my third time at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) and I always forget some basics about the conference so I figured I might as well prepare for next year and let other people know some smart tips ongetting to G2E at The Venetian and navigating once you’re there.

  • Arrive Early – G2E is the most busy convention of the year at Venetian since many people in the casino and gaming business are from Las Vegas. This makes parking a premium at The Venetian.
  • Use Valet at The Venetian – If you’re going to park at The Venetian use the valet located in the parking garage. This will save time looking for a spot. It will also save you time looking for a space and when you leave. It took me about 20 minutes to navigate out of the parking lot yesterday.
  • Park at The Palazzo – If you’re hell bent on not using the valet then park at The Palazzo. The walk from the garage to the Sands Expo Center is maybe two minutes longer, but there’s much less traffic.
  • Enter and Exit From The Rear – The main entrance is a cluster after 9am. The entrance from Koval has less traffic coming in and less chaotic leaving.
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes – The expo floor is huge and you’ll walk a lot. I saw at least three women walking barefoot and carrying their heels by 1pm. Don’t be that girl.
  • Beware Contradictory Policies – Even if you’re considered press it doesn’t mean you have typical press access. Security is instructed not to allow pictures or video. That’s controlled by the employees of the companies. Make a friend and they’ll let you take pictures. It’s annoying and counterintuitive, but that’s the deal.
  • Blend In – You can take pictures with your phone if you seem like you belong there. Again, counterintuitive but that’s the deal.
  • Don’t Be Scrrrrd – Like every conference some panels are better then others. If you’re not into it then just walk out.
  • First Food & Bar – This is a great restaurant and it’s kind of hidden in the Grand Canal Shops. Not a lot of people are aware of it since it’s not easily seen. Good food and great meeting spot.

This is a really well run conference, but the amount of people can seem overwhelming. A little preparation saves time and lessens frustration. Hopefully I’ll remember all of this next year.

**Update: arrive before noon for valet, both The Venetian & The Palazzo are only allowing hotels guests in the afternoon.

G2E Summary

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the G2E expo in Las Vegas.  As I detailed on Vegas Chatter it was a great experience.  I was able to see some of the behind the scenes things in the casino industry that I’ve always been curious about.  It’s nice to see one of the things I overheard confirmed.

Last week’s annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) saw a 15 percent increase in attendance from last year, with over 26,000 attending and 520 exhibitors.

I’m like having my observations confirmed. If you are curious about the gaming expo check my wrap up.  If you haven’t seen the awesome new Hangover slot check it out too.