Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Awards

3M Touch Systems received the highest honors in Casino Journal’s Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products of 2007 contest. The company’s MicroTouch Capacitive TouchSense System netted the Platinum Award at this year’s Gaming Technology Summit, where attendees voted for their favorites among all of the Top 20 winners.

The MicroTouch Capacitive TouchSense System is a next-generation touch interface for gaming machines where players receive tactile feedback on the touch-screen surface as well as the traditional audio and visual cues. The system is an enhanced MicroTouch ClearTek II touch system and can either be designed into future gaming cabinets optimized for tactile touch slot games or retrofitted into existing on-floor casino games to replace CRT or LCD displays - giving old games new life. This system has allowed game manufacturers to replace their mechanical buttons with a video-based button panel so players receive tactile feedback similar to pressing a mechanical button, which will increase player involvement and time on machine.

“We really relish this Most Innovative Gaming Technology Product of the Year award since the selection was made by the broad range of industry technology specialists in attendance,” said Scott Hagermoser, gaming business unit manager for 3M Touch Systems. “This award is another indicator that the MicroTouch Capacitive TouchSense System could become the next-generation touch interface for the gaming machine industry.”

Bally Technologies was awarded both the Gold and Silver awards at the Gaming Technology Summit - the Gold award for its TableView Real Time Table Rating and Tracking System and the Silver for its GameMaker HD product.

The TableView system is a standalone application designed to allow floor operations staff to use a touchscreen device for entering real-time player ratings, request chip fills and credits, input table closers, issue player comps and markers and change the table shift. Data gathered by the TableView system can be seamlessly integrated into the Bally Casino Management System and can be installed on every table or at an individual pit stand. The system also creates an almost paperless environment.

Bally’s GameMaker has been revamped into a new high-definition format as GameMaker HD. As the only widescreen, multigame platform on the market, it features a clear, sharp screen, enhanced audio and the reliability of ALPHA OS, wrapped in a multi-denom in three distinctive cabinet styles: CineVision widescreen; single-screen V20; and V20/20 dual screen with stacked 20.1 inch touchscreen displays. All GameMaker HD games are presented in a high-definition (1,286 lines of resolution) widescreen format that supports an array of popular game titles. A fully configurable multigame package offers multiple denominations, multiple percentages and configurable max-bet-per-theme type. Additionally, a patent-pending Game Select feature allows players to change the game theme and denomination directly from the game being played, without having to exit to the main game menu.


-Andy Holtmann