Friday, June 13, 2008

Flirt at Harrah's Rio

Now this is a marriage made in heaven for Harrah's and Microsoft alike.
Harrah's iBar, located inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is the
second major showcase for the Surface application after AT &T but the
signs are good that this will be the one to beat. Why ? Because while
the usual high-rollers are busy at the gaming tables taking their chances
with Lady Luck, the younger, techie-type 'players' got some real 'game'.
You might say they are virtually upping the ante, and all without the watchful
eye of the dealer. Hey, Lady Luck just might be sitting across the room, and
Mr. Lucky can channel her in real time and see her in person.

Here's a bit from the Surface Blog of June 11, 2008 :
Harrah's 'most ambitious application is “Flirt” which uses strategically
placed video cameras to create an exciting new way to initiate
conversation, flirt and meet new people from one Surface to another.
Additional applications include a series of play-for-fun interactive
games like bowling, a challenging musical memory game, and multi-player
pinball with a twist. There's even a cool mixologist app that lets you
design and order your own drinks. In addition to the applications that Harrah's
created, they are also using the photos and concierge apps that the Surface
team built. Harrah's has taken those apps and customized them to the
Rio/Las Vegas environment with photos, video, maps and attractions info to
help guests plan their stay all within the comfort of the iBar.'

Video: Microsoft Surface at the Rio in Las Vegas

Earlier post about the Surface app - a year ago, actually.

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