Since we all promised our management that we’d spend more time on the GlobalShop show floor than the casino floor, it was a surprise to find the most interesting “tech” in a slot machine. I’m sure that some slots pros might not think the “Fu-Dao-Le” machine in the MGM Grand Casino represents the pinnacle of gaming experience, but from a design perspective it’s absolutely fascinating.
What makes this slot machine so unique is its use of a curved touchscreen. While curved screens are beginning to make their appearance in both smartphones and home televisions, this was the first time I’ve seen them “in the wild” from an interface perspective. It’s a subtle aesthetic that frankly is probably lost on the slot machine player, but curved screens are one more tool that designers can use to challenge the shopper’s perception of technology.