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supply of inspiration?
Lurena
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Could the famous Avon-Vila scenes in the episode Gambit have been inspired by this?
It may be well-known stuff, but it cheered me up so well that it made me wanting to share with you.

I was reading a paper about wearable computers when I stumbled on this:
Edward Thorp (born 14 August 1932, Chicago) and Claude Shannon (born 30 April 1916, Petoskey, Michigan), two MIT (=Massachusetts Institute of Technology) mathematics professors, designed and constructed the world’s first wearable computer. Their successful and revolutionary pocket-size endeavour, however, took place in the early 1960s – back when computers were the size of rooms.

Thorp’s and Shannon’s invention consisted of a pair of devices: one concealed in a shoe and another placed inside a cigarette pack. This duo of devices aided the mathematicians in successfully predicting the outcome of a game of roulette.
At set intervals, such as the time the roulette ball was released, the individual operating the shoe-fitted device would tap his foot and as such would input several data points. In turn, the device in the cigarette pack would analyze the data using a predetermined algorithm and send out a wireless signal to a concealed earpiece worn by the second individual: the person placing the bet. The wireless signal, in the form of specific musical tones unique to each number on the roulette wheel, would indicate the winning number to bet on. This whole process took place faster than the time it took for the roulette ball to land on a number (Thorp, 1998).

The wearable computer was successful at predicting the outcome of a game of roulette. The team of mathematicians, however, retired this device after only one trip to Las Vegas and donated it to the MIT museum collections.

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BradPaula
Oh, Lurena, that's priceless! Reading about the scientists made me immediately think of Avon and Vila at the Big Wheel, swindling the management! Great!
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GoldChannel
fantastic detective work Smile
 
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