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MAKING IT BETTER


An important part of what gives a slot product high quality is the innovative ancillary products that support it By Carolan Pepin


Peripherals are those often-ingenious devices that attach to the core gaming product.


Though they aren’t considered part of the main- stay, peripherals expand the basic capabilities of today’s casino offerings and improve the entire entertainment experience. To paraphrase the well-known tagline from


chemical giant BASF, these products are from companies that “don’t make a lot of the products you buy;” these “make a lot of the products you buy better.” This year’s G2E 2010 will showcase how


what’s new and innovative in the universe of peripherals will enhance the overall slot gaming experience and augment the player interface.


ABetter Box It all starts with the cabinet, and longtime cabinet maker Cole-Kepro has an exciting new develop- ment for this year’s G2E. The new Evolver 2238 cabinet will be intro-


duced this year by Cole, a well-known name which just over a year ago merged with its long- time Asian partner and supplier, Kepro. To attract the player and showcase the latest


in casino game entertainment, the new Cole Kepro 2238 upright cabinet has been designed to accommodate a larger LCD display. The newest cabinet will show off a 22-inch LCD in landscape mode or a 32-inch LCD in the portrait mode. In addition, the new cabinet features energy-effi- cient LED lighting with user-programmable color choices.Button panels and accent trim also can be branded for a customer’s specified appearance. As with the company’s other cabinetry, this


latest edition is available with a variety of other options including the “Fasttrack” technology, which provides a custom wiring harness to inter- face with a game board or CPU. Additional options include a variety of top boxes, progressive displays, LED toppers and sound system. A back- lit glass option also is available for static artwork in the upper display area.Also typical of the com- pany’s models, this new 2238 version will accom- modate most major brands of thermal printers, bill validators and card readers. The company’s turn-key line of cabinets


includes more than a dozen upright, slant-top and kiosk variations along with related assem-


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blies. The company also offers custom cabinet design and fabrication through its staff of in- house engineers and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Taiwan and mainland China. The industry’s major cabinet supplier con-


tinues to evolve as the slot machine gets bigger and better.


Higher Performance “The increasingly complex nature of game con- tent drives the requirements for the mother- boards,” says Craig Stapleton, product director of Innocore Gaming Ltd. The company has been manufacturing PC-based computing plat- forms used by the gaming industry for more than 12 years. “Slots are using larger screens and displaying more elaborate, sometimes 3D graphics effects.” “Another development is towards multiple


monitors in the gaming machine,” explains Stapleton. “More than half our customers offer two screens, and several offer cabinets with three screens. “Power consumption also will become more


important.” Stapleton explains that his company’s moth-


erboards use primarily mobile CPUs and chipsets that do not require a lot of power.“For the casino operator, lower power consumption when scaled over hundreds or thousands of slot machines can mean a large savings in utilities.” Innocore will introduce two new mother-


board platforms at G2E that utilize the very latest computer technology from Intel and AMD, expanding its product range, already considered one of the widest in the industry.


Better Display and Interface To improve the interface between people and sys- tems is the task of Elo TouchSystems, a Tyco Electronics company celebrating more than 40 years in touch-computing technologies. At this year’s G2E, Elo will showcase its newly launched Interactive Digital Signage (IDS) portfolio. “Our new IDS portfolio offers the gaming


industry something it hasn’t seen before: large- format, exceptionally durable display screens


Cole Kepro Cabinet


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