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Wynn Las Vegas to Add Amazon Echo To All Rooms - "Game Changer"

Discussion in 'Casino Industry & Development' started by mrstealth, Dec 14, 2016.

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  1. mrstealth

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  2. Timbuck

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    Who would rather have better odds and free parking instead of the ability to talk to your curtains?
     
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  3. leo21

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    Methinks more of a gamechanger for Amazon than for us.
     
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    Exactly, this is good marketing for Amazon with all the exposure. Echo is a bigger hit than they thought, and this helps get it in front of an affluent and global market. Wynn likely will receive money for putting them there. The costs of all of them at the $139 price point is only around $660k, which Amazon can find in its couch cushions.

    Of course I'd also rather see 10x on craps, free parking, and no resort fees!
     
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  5. hedgehog

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    So I say echo I'm naked for all to see, it will start laughing hysterically?
     
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    That's a shame...
     
  7. KnotGillty

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    As an echo owner, I have to say it's an amazing device. Being a Prime member, you get millions of songs to play through the device. Plus we automated some lights that we control via voice commands.

    I wonder if Wynn will use the original Echo, or the Echo Dot. The Dot doesn't have the powerful speaker of Echo, so it's not ideal for music lovers, but the Dot still has all the same information & automation capabilities (curtains, lights, etc). The Dot runs $40 while the bigger Echo runs $140.
     
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    Remember when we used to actually remember telephone numbers? Cell phones have rendered me lazy to that effect. I used to be the kid that held the rabbit ears so everyone else could see a halfway decent picture on the television. Remote controls and cable have a similar effect. Now, yet one more piece of modern technology to make life "easier". The Echo, great device that it is, and other forms of A.I. open the door to a slippery slope of information gathering that I wonder how far it can go...positively and negatively.:rolleyes2:
     
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    So if someone wanted to get one of these devices for your home.... you now have rewire the whole house or the parts you want to be controlled by this device? That would be quite expensive.
     
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    So what I'm hearing is all 4,748 rooms will now have passive listening devices in them.
     
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    It might seem like I'm an alarmist, but I am extremely wary of these devices.

    I'm not a fan. Siri, Cortana and Echo....
    .....all are essentially open microphones
    These devices are "listening" in on you 24/7.
    Gathering, compiling information.

    Now, I realize that these devices might make life "easier"
    But I don't like them, don't trust them & do not want to rely on them!
    Behavior predictive algorithms...suddenly ads will pop up based on your conversations... that's just too much for me.
    Too invasive, creepy and too A.I. / I-robot-ish.

    I hate that I had to go to very long lengths to disable Cortana on my newest laptop.

    So...all the information that is gleaned from Echo in these Wynn rooms....
    Is there going to be a disclaimer when you rent the room?
    Will there be a brochure next to the device?
    How will it be used, is there an opt out?
    Who will own that information ...Wynn or Amazon or both.
     
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  12. KnotGillty

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    To set up Echo out of the box:
    1) Plug in the Echo device into any power outlet in your house (within wifi range).
    2) download the app to your phone.
    3) Open the app on your phone and Echo will recognize the app along with your wifi connection..
    4) Your now able to talk to the Echo and tell it what to do (Play the Eagles, How many ounces in a cup, read me the news, what is the weather today, etc.).

    To set up devices in your home, lights for example, you have to buy bulbs that recognize the system & then download another app from the bulb manufacturer to your phone. The lights I have came with a hub that connects to your router/wifi. You can set up a schedule (lights turn on/off at certain times), you can turn the lights on automatically by voice, or controll the lights from afar via the app on your phone. You can also set up the system so that it recognizes your GPS location, so if your coming home from work, the lights will come on when your phone gets within a mile of your home. You can set up lights by group/location, so that if you just want the bedroom lamp to come on, you simply say "Turn on the bedroom lights". Also, you can dim the lights to virtually any setting, without a dimmer switch.

    There is no rewiring involved in your home. It all runs via wifi signal. There is some minor expense involved, but it's not that much and the convenience outweighs the price in my opinion. The bulbs I have run $15 apiece and have a 25,000 hour lifespan.
     
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    The Good Amazon's voice-activated smart home speaker is undeniably futuristic, but it's also practical and accessible. With a rapidly growing slate of features and integrations, it's easy to get excited about the Echo's potential.

    The Bad The Echo's sound quality is uneven at times, with weak bass at high volumes. The growing list of "Skills" in the Alexa app could also benefit from better organization.

    The Bottom Line More than a year after its debut, the Echo is smarter than ever, and one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.
    Cnet
     
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    You might want to read up what this does. You do not have to REWIRE the whole house. ...I started to type other stuff but figured it would help you and others if you let us know what sort of system you have in your house now and what you are planning to do with Echo.
     
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    First thing I would tell it is to unplug itself.

    No way do I want to be listened to in the room.
     
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    The game changer aspect (and creepiest) is the big data and trend based stuff. Check in to a room and get your preferred lighting and climate settings. Amazon as your casino host/concierge.

    Everyone who checks in to win should ask Alexa "what is the closest casino with 3x 4x 5x odds on craps". That would make a fun report on Steve's desk.
     
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    Alexa "Does Barry Manilow know that Steve Wynn raids his wardrobe?"

    Alexa "Does Wayne Newton know that Steve Wynn stole his plastic surgeon?"

    Alexa "Who said "Rich people only like being around rich people. Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people."?"
     
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    Is it really that hard to flick a light switch?
     
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    Of course not, it's just the fun of it. You have heard of fun?
     
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    I'm sure you'll be able to unplug the thing...
     
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