The Grand Touch Multimedia Hotel and Casino Directory for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
Simply Magic Display Systems started the MGM project in 1993 after creating touch screen interactive kiosks for Malls, Airports, Hotels and Fitness Centers under the name DataVision. We had the very first touch interactive kiosks at the Tucson International Airport in 1991.
Paul Lyon is the original developer who designed and created custom windows based software enabling some of the first publicly used touch screen kiosks. His proprietary software would control interactive display screens with multimedia elements and could go unlimited layers deep. Each full color screen could have up to 10 buttons that launched audio, mpeg1 video or go to another screen or list of items. A few years before DataVision used serial controlled Laserdisc video for training and on demand video content. IBM re-writable optical disc drives gave Paul the ability to incorporate full screen video on demand. Paul collaborated with developers at Microsoft, Elographics, MicroTouch, and Sound Blaster to test and help create tools to make information on demand possible.
Today, you carry way more power in your pocket, but back then we had to “Teach” people to touch the computer screen.
And those Amazing 3D animations and custom logos and graphics took days to render. It’s incredible that with a gaming laptop you can do it real-time now!