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We don’t ask for much when it comes to Las Vegas besides an amazingly memorable experience. This writer used to have an iPod playlist made specifically for final descent into McCarran Airport. My first thought upon landing was that it was time to get busy.
When thinking about different ways technology could improve a hotel stay in Las Vegas, the first thing on my wish list was mobile check-in. After grabbing a Red Eye from Starbucks at the airport and a cocktail at the hotel, there’s nothing worse than spending 45 minutes in line to check-in. It looks as if Caesars Entertainment has heard our plea for speediness. A friend received the following email before checking into Flamingo last week:
Technology is moving faster than most businesses can keep up with. Unfortunately for them, there's a growing group of early adopters who want the newest technology as soon as it's available. This technology is as simple as making websites more current to offering mobile check-in. Las Vegas is a city that has to cater to both early adopters and super slow adopters. It’s pretty much impossible to keep everyone happy all the time.
This early adopter loves it when there are new developments in hotel tech and casino tech. It was exciting when Golden Nugget updated their 24K players club last month so that players could use kiosks for promotions and use slot dollars right from their players club card. Some casinos have been doing this for a while, but it’s always nice when another casino catches up.
Las Vegas is on the cutting edge of a lot of trends. Take nightclubs, for example. Nine of the top ten grossing nightclubs are located in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for the next hot trend in dining just see what restaurants are opening in Las Vegas. There was gourmet burgers, there was tacos, there was pizza. You get the idea. Strange enough, the huge hotels that we all stay at are behind the curve. Some hotels are lacking when it comes to design and technology while some are just behind the times with tech.
A SmartBrief poll last year showed that 45% of hotel guests travel with two mobile devices and 40% with three or more. That number will continue to increase as this technology becomes more and more a part of everyday life. We want more access and information and we want it now.
So, what would we like to see Vegas hotels adapt? Here are some hotel technology ideas that exist outside of Las Vegas and some we’re just dreaming about. Some are items are available in limited capacity while some don't exist here at all.
Interblock / Gambling / Holograms / Technology / The Quad / The Cosmopolitan / MGM Grand / Rio / Blackjack / Baccarat / Roulette / Millennials / → All Tags
You may not be familiar with Interblock, but that’s going to change.
Interblock creates multi-player casino games that allow many to gamble together. You may have seen Rapid Roulette, Rapid Craps and video blackjack from other companies, but Interblock takes those ideas to another level. In the past weeks, they’ve introduced hologram gaming at The Quad and The Cosmopolitan.
The fella above is Hans. He’s a sweetheart of a dealer at one of this writer's favorite low-rolling casinos. Late last year while waiting for some friends, another friend and I decided to play a little blackjack. Hans was beating me up pretty badly so I took a short break and let him crush the dreams of the other people at the table while remaining in my seat. While still seated, I decided to whip out the iPhone and catch up with email, tweets and friends on Facebook. It was cool. Hans didn’t seem to mind. Neither did the pit boss. We were all chatting and having a good time while he busted up other players.
After leaving the table it hit me that I wasn’t asked to stop using my mobile phone while others were playing blackjack. Back in the day, dealers and pit bosses would scold or reprimand someone using a mobile phone at the tables like a second grader. More recently, dealers and pit bosses would ask -- nicely -- if guests could step away from the table or put the phone away. Since my experience, I've noticed that dealers and pit bosses all around Vegas are easing up on the scolding. Gentle requests are still made sometimes, but not as often as the past. This has been my personal experience at casinos all over Vegas in the past few months.
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The Consumer Electronics Show, more commonly known as CES, is in Las Vegas this week. CES is the largest convention in Vegas and features all kinds of technology from the realistic to the never-gonna-happen. Technology is such a part of our lives today that coverage has grown from the practical to the ridiculous. At VegasChatter, we’re more concerned with what we’ll be seeing in hotels and casinos than a famous guy freaking out.
Technology develops so quickly today that there’s much available, but only a few things seem as if they’re destined to succeed and be seen in Las Vegas casinos anytime soon. At the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), we may have been teasing when we said that slot machine manufacturers were making new games brighter and crisper because their audience was getting older and couldn’t see very well. While this may or may not be true, we do see a few new products at CES that could appeal visually to younger and older gamblers alike.
When Palms revamped its website this summer, we gave them credit for having one of the best for a Vegas resort. A good website can make planning your next trip quick and easy. A simple reservation system, easy to find restaurant hours and phone numbers, and details regarding entertainment options are the essentials. And, it should look nice. (Ahem.) This is Vegas, after all.
So, which Vegas hotel-casino has us doing our best Grumpy Cat impersonation? Downtown’s Four Queens. One look at the homepage takes us back to the days of PowerPoint ’97. It’s tough to take the welcome page seriously when everything is presented using the ‘fly-in’ effect. If you aren’t scared off by the navigation menu that beeps as you mouse over each button, you can make your way to the nightmare that is the reservations page.
And I have no privacy.
Woh, I always feel like somebody's watching me.
Tell me is it just a dream?
No, it's not a dream and these lyrics are not just from an 80s one-hit wonder. Somebody IS always watching you... when you're in Las Vegas.
This is not news, of course. With all the closed-circuit TVs on casino floors and throughout hotels, we understand our movements are being monitored. Heck, soon our lounge time at the pool will be watched by others. But, while we knew our physical actions would be caught on camera somewhere, we always thought our audio conversations were somewhat safe. No more.
Openings / Technology / Fashion Show Mall / Microsoft / Vegas Tech / Apple / Shopping / → All Tags
Microsoft will open its first retail store on the Vegas Strip this November. Headed to the Fashion Show Mall (where a Microsoft kiosk can already be found and where an expanded Apple Store likely won't see a rumored September return), the Microsoft Retail Store plans to welcome its first customers Thursday, November 14.
Microsoft is known for hosting blow-out concerts to herald new locations and this opening will be no different. They have Pitbull on tap to perform a free concert inside The Joint at the Hard Rock later that night. But, the catch is, you have to go to the opening of the store to get your complimentary ticket. And, yes, they'll be first come, first served.
Remember two years ago when we reported that social gaming was the next big thing for casinos? Social gaming was remained the future of gambling last year. So, guess what?! Social gaming is still the next thing that will impact casinos and it seems like it will be that way for a while.
The first day of G2E was all panels discussing the future of the casino business. The expo itself with zombies, Batman and bridesmaids begins tomorrow. Today, this writer listened to casino execs, lawyers and marketing people speak about what’s actually happening in the biz. It’s sad to hear, but there really isn’t much new on that front that hasn't already been happening for the past few years.
If you've ever been one of the sea of faces crammed into the Apple store at the Fashion Show Mall, we've some good news. It's going to nearly triple in size. Although, that probably still won't help.
ifoapplestore.com is reporting that the current store will soon close and move to a temporary location in the busy mall so that it can morph from 3,900 square feet to more than 10,000. (If you know the mall fairly well, the store will expand to include the neighboring spaces formerly occupied by Steve Madden and Tommy Bahama.)
Last night while enjoying the fine views offered
at from Twin Peaks, we spotted a couple of dudes crouching down on the Harmon Center pedestrian bridge. They didn't look like buskers or other shady characters and they certainly were not playing the bagpipes all evening, but we couldn't quite figure out what they were up to.
Then we saw it -- an outlet! A real live outlet.
It's located on the end of the bridge, right where you head into the Harmon Corner shops and restaurant. And, it's free! So, if your battery power is at 10 percent or less, plug in here, enjoy the
bagpipes.. err, the sights.. and, when it's back up to at least 30 percent, make your way up to Twin Peaks to document the fine, um, dining.
Of course, now that we've mentioned this TOTALLY FREE OUTLET, we're sure the powers that be are going to block it up in 3... 2... 1....