Previous: ``Smart'' Clothing
In the late 1970s, a group of physicists and PhD graduates designed and built various small computer systems for assisting themselves in playing roulette. These systems, sewn into clothing, built into their shoes, etc., could be operated in an unobtrusive manner, within a gambling casino environment.
There is a certain irony in having `smart people' in the casino environment. The gambling casino environment is perhaps the ``smartest'' environment one might imagine --- a complicated network of both electronic and human surveillance is carefully hidden beneath partially-silvered mirrors, darkened windows, and small pinholes. It is ironically an environment where `smart people' would be most unwelcome were their ``smartness'' obtrusive in any way.