Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People

Casinos can be rancid places, full of sadness and stale beer. But if you just vacuumed out all the gambling, they're surprisingly peaceful—if a little weird in the interior decoration department. Photographer Joe Johnson proves it in "The Playing Field," a project that documents Reno, its casinos, and almost zero… » 3/12/15 1:00pm 3/12/15 1:00pm

How Slot Machines Use Psychology and Design to Keep You Coming Back

Anyone who has ever walked into a casino has felt the lure of the slot machine. The bright lights, inviting little stools, and the promise of hitting the elusive jackpot are ever-present. It's hard to avoid, no matter what logic tells you about the terrible odds. This Cool Hunting video shows just how involved the… » 5/08/13 4:00pm 5/08/13 4:00pm

A Slot Machine That Rewards You With Alcohol

Slot machine? Shot machine? In the case of the BarBot, it's the same difference. As part of a contest, a collective known as NYC resistor spent 300 hours assembling this slot machine drink dispenser. Each of the three slot wheels has various cocktail ingredients, which tell the drink dispenser what to make after a… » 2/22/11 1:20am 2/22/11 1:20am