I saw the launch of Amazon’s Fire Phone yesterday and thought it was a cool new mobile phone option. I don’t think I’ll immediately drop my iPhone and run to it but I’ll consider it if they get other carrier’s on board. AT&T doesn’t have good coverage in the part of Vegas where I live.
This morning I read about a feature that slipped by me that will immediately have an effect on families that travel. Amazon’s Fire Phone will have a 13 Mb camera that shoots 1080p HD video but more importantly the phone comes with FREE CLOUD STORAGE.
HD video and high quality photos take up a lot of internal storage space on mobile devices. Chances are that you won’t have enough space on your phone to keep everything. I never do. I load most of my pictures onto my laptop and delete most of my photos from the Apple Cloud because I don’t want pay for the service. That said, I still have hundreds of pictures on my phone.
There are a lot of people that still don’t understand or trust the cloud. My mom would love a service like this that just saved all of her pictures at no additional charge. Then again, I just showed her how to use The Google last year.
When people visit Las Vegas they take a boatload of pictures. Families and tourists are off the chart with the amount of pictures they take. Just try to walk anywhere on the Vegas Strip without bumping into people snapping pics. A day of pictures and a couple of videos will take up a lot of space on a phone. If you’re visiting for more than a weekend you’ll probably have to delete pictures and/or video from your phone at some point. Free cloud storage would help with this problem.
Free cloud storage, alone, is a game changer. Storage is dropping in price so rapidly but the majority of American’s don’t even know how or where to find storage. The Amazon Fire Phone seems like it will be a great one stop shop for the average American consumer and a great way to save more Vegas memories. [Insert sappy music]
First, casino operators were okay with Google Glass being worn in their casinos then someone told them what Google Glass is and they changed their mind and said Google Glass wouldn’t be welcome in their casinos.
Well, casinos are big and Google Glass is new and small so someone was able to make his way into an Atlantic City casino (looks like Caesars to me) and play some slot machines before a roulette dealer tells him to remove them. Check it out.
In typical east coast fashion nobody looks at him so nobody even notices that he’s wearing Google Glass. As this technology grows in popularity security will know what to look for but this is a fun first person point of view walking into a casino. For security sake, the dealer knew to ask him to remove the Google Glass when he revealed what he was wearing. You can see how easy it is to use Google Glass as an illegal recording device.
On a tech side the Google Glass video looks similar to Go Pro video but a lesser quality. Still, it’s pretty good quality for glasses with a video camera. While I think Google Glass is cool, I don’t want people wearing them around me. They’re a little creepy.
You can read more about what it’s like wearing Google Glass in a casino at Venture Beat.
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.