In 2016, Commercial Gaming revenues nationwide – basically any revenues made from gambling taking place in or through a non-tribal casino – grew 0.9% from the previous year, nationwide. That’s a relatively modest gain from an industry that tends to post between 2 and 3 percent growth per year. For the past few years, the growth of commercial gaming has been stunted by the eruption of iGaming – internet based gambling in poker tournaments, internet slots, and other game opportunities. iGaming, while still small, grew 32.1%, primarily on the strength of skill based games in which people feel that, because they are competing against each other, rather than the house, they have a better opportunity to win. (more…)
Las Vegas, NV – Where else would you hold the world’s premier expo for gaming technology and operations than in the world’s number one destination for gaming? Next week, gaming industry professionals, suppliers, and related organizations will gather at the Sands Expo center in Las Vegas at the Global Gaming Expo for three days of learning and opportunities to experience the latest in gaming technology, casino security, operations software and hardware, and hotel & hospitality technology. Several Estone Tech representatives will be in attendance at the show, ready to demonstrate the touchscreen and embedded PC solutions Estone Tech has for the gaming industry. (more…)
Rugged tablets and displays aren’t just a growing market – they’re exploding. With a wide variety of industries from financial markets to food service all engaging in increasing automation efforts, the demand for rugged tablets and panel PCs is at an all time high, and shows no signs of stopping. Check out this week’s infographic to see where the market is now, and where it’s expected to go next. (more…)
According to several recent studies, among the mostly stagnant commercial PC market, SBC’s (Single Board Computers), a class of commercial computers that integrates internal components, displays, I/O features, and audio features into one flat panel piece of equipment, are expected to grow at approximately 12.5% per year through 2024, topping more than $1.2 Billion in sales. The growth is expected primarily on the strength of Medical Panel PCs, computers which are gaining popularity in hospitals and doctors’ offices worldwide as a simple way to integrate Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Imaging & Diagnostic Equipment, and Surgical Tool info into one, small package. (more…)
When it comes to touchscreen and handheld devices, no industry is experiencing quicker growth than healthcare. Handheld devices, a category including tablets, smartphones, and hybrid-laptop devices, were cited by 59% of healthcare professionals as their most important technological concern, in a study conducted by TechTarget and SearchHealth IT. But this paints a somewhat broad and inaccurate picture. (more…)
Though touchscreen computers are popping up virtually everywhere; from bedrooms to office buildings; nowhere has their growth been more apparent than in the car and truck industry. Today, virtually every car from top of the line luxury models down through stripped down entry-level vehicles, comes equipped with some sort of touchscreen display. Since they don’t require special molding or tooling, and simple, open-source software makes them easy to adapt to any situation, embedded touchscreens have become the option of choice to replace entertainment consoles, instrument clusters, and anything else on a vehicle that must display info or interact with the driver. (more…)
Did you know that in the US, most golf courses operate at a loss? Nationwide, golf courses average revenues 2% under total operating costs. While this difference can often be made up with special events and catering, hosting weddings and so on, the margin from black ink to red is shockingly tight, and most golf courses ride the edge of insolvency.
Embedded Touchscreen Technology is appearing everywhere these days, from factory floors to fast food drink dispensers. And with reduced costs and increased availability, the trend shows no signs of stopping. Embedded touchscreen computers provide for more advanced, intuitive device controls and human-machine interfaces, while costing less and requiring less manufacturing time and materials than traditional physical buttons and switches.
Military-Technologies.net reports on the trends influencing the growth of multi-point touchscreens over the next several years. Estone Tech industrial tablets, healthcare tablets, and smartpanel PCs include the very latest in multi-point touchscreen technology. Capacitive touchscreens work wet or dry, with or without gloves, supporting up to 10 points of contact. But cost of materials and a lower volume of apps that support multi-point touch may continue to slow the industry for a few years yet. (more…)
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the commercially used PIN Number. The venerable security method got its start in the very first paper-check based bank machines beginning in 1967, ushering in an age where 24-hour access to all types of data. Unfortunately, that also meant an age where all types of data are available to anyone able to get hold of your PIN number and other identifying information. Recent advances in criminal technology have led to PIN Skimmers and other devices that, for a time, may have put the PIN number on thin ice.
Fortunately, the long, proud, history of the PIN number hasn’t run out just yet, as new devices and technology have provided ways to combat criminal activity that will be very hard or impossible to overcome. Advances such as EMV cards, also known as Chip & PIN cards, require that an encrypted, non-duplicatable card be present (more…)