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In the late 1970s, a group of physicists and PhD graduates designed and built various small computer systems for assisting themselves in playing roulette[1]. These systems, sewn into clothing, built into their shoes, etc., could be operated in an unobtrusive manner, within a gambling casino environment.

There is a certain irony in having `smart people' in the casino environment. The gambling casino environment is perhaps the ``smartest'' environment one might imagine --- a complicated network of both electronic and human surveillance is carefully hidden beneath partially-silvered mirrors, darkened windows, and small pinholes. It is ironically an environment where `smart people' would be most unwelcome were their ``smartness'' obtrusive in any way.

Steve Mann
Wed Feb 14 23:28:15 EST 1996