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Dice-o-Matic
« on: May 26, 2009, 10:28:36 AM »
As you know, computers can't actually generate random numbers. So what do you do if you need hundreds of random numbers per second?

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In all, it takes about 13 seconds for an individual die to make a round trip. There are 200 dice in the machine, each rolling four times a minute, totaling over 1,330,000 rolls a day.

The dice are "Michigan Red Eyes", which have different colored pips for each value. The different colors make it pretty easy to count rolls. For example, if 6 yellow dots are found in the image, there were three 2s rolled, no need to worry about determining the proper grouping or orientation of pips.


Of course, I would have done the ADC + static noise method, but still this is pretty neat . . .

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Re: Dice-o-Matic
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2009, 02:36:19 PM »
that is... errr.... confusing...
what would be some uses for this machine?
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Re: Dice-o-Matic
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2009, 05:16:34 PM »
Casinos to generate random numbers. Guys at MIT have cracked electronic random number generators to predict what the next number would be.

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Re: Dice-o-Matic
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2009, 04:58:29 AM »
As you know, computers can't actually generate random numbers. So what do you do if you need hundreds of random numbers per second?

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In all, it takes about 13 seconds for an individual die to make a round trip. There are 200 dice in the machine, each rolling four times a minute, totaling over 1,330,000 rolls a day.

The dice are "Michigan Red Eyes", which have different colored pips for each value. The different colors make it pretty easy to count rolls. For example, if 6 yellow dots are found in the image, there were three 2s rolled, no need to worry about determining the proper grouping or orientation of pips.


Of course, I would have done the ADC + static noise method, but still this is pretty neat . . .

http://gamesbyemail.com/News/DiceOMatic

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Yep computers use the current time to calculate "random" numbers.

Random does not exist, ever.

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Re: Dice-o-Matic
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2009, 05:08:40 PM »
Wow, that is a fast video processing algorithm.

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Re: Dice-o-Matic
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2009, 02:14:41 AM »
that kinda sucks that computers use the current time to generate random numbers...
so were the guys from mit using their info for bad?
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