One of the implications of improved technology is security. In the context of gambling, security essentially means fairness in trying to establish a fair playing ground between a casino and player as the use of technology becomes more embedded in society. One aspect that is highly undermined in terms of its potential impact on the casino industry in terms of how unfair the player may gain advantage over casinos is the use of specialized glasses such as Google Glass.
Google Glass and other types of newly developed contact lens are expected to be able to read through solid objects through embedded transparent technology in the lenses. The idea of the lens is to detect and transmit signals with molecular level imagery that transmit both the object’s appearance as well as its core composition to the naked eye. This means that players could essentially see through cards and know what cards dealers or other players have on hand.
The implications of this are quite staggering if you consider the advantage a player could potentially have over another. In some cases these lens will not be the obvious Google Glass flagship pair that is easily spotted among peers and instead could be everyday looking lens built into normal looking frames. The sensors could also operate undetected and transmit images directly into the eye pupil rather than on the frame.
At some point this could mean players will be able to reap in money otherwise unheard of beforehand. Granted, most wagers take place beforehand and will not guarantee that even if you know the cards afterwards you will win, but you can definitely mitigate risk in a game such as blackjack where hitting or standing could very well make a difference.
There are major legal implications, however, that casinos will need to consider when it comes to non-tournaments. Spotting a card counter is one thing but trying to spot someone who is using this technology at a table game in a packed casino is a whole other challenge. The signs will not be as clear and there will be difficulty in picking up signs from players unless the dealer is proficient in noticing eye movements or some other kind of tick that a player makes when trying to cheat.
The other major challenge will come to online casino platforms. These sites also have live setups where dealers place cards on tables and would be easily readable from players if equipped with the technology. Card counting isn’t possible with the online world but in a live dealer setup the house would be at a major disadvantage if players knew the cards beforehand.
Glasses and other contact lens at the very least might not be able to pick up surface imagery below an object in full detail but it will at least be able to ick up patterns such as numbers or designs such as an ace or spade etc. Even if the technology can pick up outlines of different numbers and not the entire card this would be advantageous to the player’s edge over the house.
These developments could potentially render the online casino world dangerous or at least casinos would withdraw card games while keeping others such as slots and roulette. Time will tell as to just how severe these trends unfold but if there is one thing that is pretty much certain it is that they will occur.