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Augmented Reality Blackjack

At Studio diip, we developed a real-time Blackjack scoring assistant that shows your current score next to your cards. By recognizing playing cards on a table with a top down camera, this system can determine the score for each player and project this around cards. A demonstration of the system can bee seen in the YouTube video.

With our already established expertise in the area of playing card recognition we were able to quickly build a system that is specifically suited for use in Blackjack. By looking for specific card shapes and using learning algorithms for the card’s index number the score is determined for each card. These are then added up and displayed next to the card by using a top down projector. In this way we “augment” the table cloth around the cards with information.

For now the system shows the resulting score for each player, but with the identity of each card known it can be extended relatively easy for other purposes. An example of this is showing the chance that a player goes bust when taking another card for teaching purposes or detecting cheating. The system is not limited to just projectors to show the score, imagine the possibilities of combining this detection with a technology like Google Glass.

Blackjack Augmented Reality

Bridge Card Reader tested in Opatija

Last week it was time for another test of the Bridge Card Reader. This time the location was Opatija, Croatia for the 12th European Champion’s Cup. At the tournament only 2 tables were tested to see how the Bridge Card Reader performed after changing the infrastructure of the different software components. As always a new location and changes in software resulted in some start up issues for the first rounds of play but after that the system was operating normally.

The next steps for improving the Bridge Card Reader are mainly in making sure that the flow of play information reaches the online databases and broadcasters in case of network problems. Additionally we are going to improve the steps that players have to take to enter their results.

The next events on the Bridge Card Reader agenda are to be present at the National Bridge Organisation conference in Berlin to detail future developments. Hopefully we will also be offering support for tournament directors at the European Team Championships in June, again in Opatija, Croatia.

Bridge Card Reader in Croatia