Eyeball Games SDK
I received word about the Eyeball Games SDK, which enables game developers to integrate video chat into their games (ie, seeing each other, discussing strategies, etc). According to this press release dated May 11th, this was apparently shown at E3 (so we're actually talking about the past) but the tech is still interesting. Here's a bit of meat:
" At E3, Eyeball.com will preview a portion of the DrHo.com Web site - the Virtual Casino - a real-time, interactive casino that combines 3D animation with real dealer and player interaction. Player and dealer interaction is enabled by the Eyeball Games™ SDK (Software Development Kit) which synchronizes the real dealer's actions to 3D animation:
Games featured in the Lounge include Baccarat, Big & Small, Black Jack, Caribbean Poker, and Roulette. " For more information about this technology, visit Eyeball.Com.
In one corner of the display, players see the DrHo.com card dealer live in the casino, through a video camera. The outcome of the round is displayed in 3D animation in real-time on the main part of the display, along with the animated DrHo.com dealer. The player moves animated chips to place bets, and this information is fed back to the computer at the dealer's table to determine the next move or pay out.