Alexa creates a sci-fi reality at Wynn

Alexa creates a sci-fi reality at Wynn

December 20, 2016 3:09 AM


When we heard about Wynn Las Vegas installing Amazon’s Echo technology in all of its 4,748 hotel rooms it took us back to our days of watching “Star Trek” on TV. (Hard to believe the first show aired 50 years ago; harder to believe we remember it!) Often during a show Captain Kirk, Spock or another crew member would say, “Computer…” and then proceed to ask a question or order a scan or demand a calculation.

When in their personal quarters they might say… “dim lights” or “music on” or “adjust temperature to 72 degrees.”

The computer always complied.

Now it seems “computer” is a reality and her name is Alexa. She is the brain inside the Echo device, a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker that will be fully operational in all of Wynn’s guest rooms by this coming summer. Installation begins with the suites this month.

At first only the room’s lights, temperature, drapery and television will be controllable by voice command but other personal assistant functions will be introduced in the future. Soon, Amazon says, it will be able to read the news, set timers and alarms and recite calendars.

And, yes, it will also be able to check sports scores one day so you will know if you should head to the sportsbook to cash your ticket.

BOWL BONANZA: We all know having a small wager on those college bowl games makes them more exciting to watch. But with over 40 bowls between now and the end of January it can get pricey, even at a small wager per game.

Well, South Point has the answer – College Bowl Jackpot Parlay Card.

For just $5 you will have action on 15 bowl games. All you have to do is pick the winner. There are no pointspreads to deal with and you don’t have to worry about ties because ties win on this card. You can enter as many times as you like. If your entry has the most correct selections, you win $25,000!

We’ve already got Ron helping us fill out our entries.

BOOKIES BATTLE: GamingToday’s annual football contest for Nevada’s bookmakers is in the homestretch with just two weeks to go. This is one of the hardest contests out there as the bookies must make their selections on Monday morning – before the Monday night game is played and before the final playing status of injured players is known – in order to make the newspaper’s print deadline. Plus they must pick every single game each week.

That’s why we are very impressed with the records of those in the lead as Week 16 approaches – Tom Blazek (South Point) 134-88; Shannon Vega (Fiesta Henderson) 129-93, and Jackson Meeker (Boulder Station), Johnny Spot (Linq) and Bob Moleski (Wildfire Sunset) each at 125-97.

With only 32 games left after Monday night’s Carolina-Washington contest anything can happen. It will be exciting to see it unfold. Good luck to everyone.

Finally, we would like to wish all of our readers a very, very Merry Christmas. See you around town.