I work for an entertainment company and have been interested in developing a "bingo device" , and was hoping I could get something quickly and cheaply
the System needs to generate bingo cards: each card has 5 columns, each column has 1-3 random numbers in the set 1-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-90
There are a total of 15 numbers on any one card with no replication of numbers.
Each player needs to have a unique set of numbers on a card generated and also be able to play multiples. Ideally the display should optimise the cards position so that the cards are sorted from most likely to win (most numbers marked) to least.
Games shoudl have pre selectable ways of winning, examples are 1 line, 2 lines, full house, X, corners or other patterns.
As the numbers are called a red blot or highlight should appear on that number on each card
There must be the option to play a few or hundreds of players with at least 24 cards each.
It also needs to generate numbers non -repeated numbers from 1-90. Ideally this should have a speed control and ability to add a wav file for each number so there can be an audible number called if we chose.
Players to signal that they've achieved a bingo. The best solution I've come up with is having a button on their bingo card screen that they can press, which will signal to the bingo device that the player has achieved a bingo. Obviously, if this is a web based solution or localised wifi solution players could use their smart phones or mobile devices.
The plan is to have a central device (let's call it the Caller) that will handle the bulk of the show (play music, call numbers, and keep track of numbers and winners). This all needs to be built aswell but perhaps a separate piece of hardware and/or software can handle the venue displays and music
it is critical how players can alert the Caller that they've achieved a Bingo.
The system Based on its algorithm, should already know what cards will have achieved a Bingo based on the numbers called, but the player will still need to take some action to "claim" their Bingo (like in traditional Bingo where the player yells "Bingo!" when they hit one).
I like the cell phone idea, and that is something we have considered, the only problem is not every player will have access to a smart phone, so we probably need an optimised solution for phone and tablet.
Another requirement is there needs to be a mechanism where we can sell the tickets to customers, ideally somkind of mobile wallet. The customer should log on with their email address, provide their details and a user name which is then used to identify the [url removed, login to view] up a credit card etc.
Numbers called should be dispalyed on screen on a table of all the numbers.
This is the first part of a larger project, the successful developer will then subsequently be given 2 -4 other mini projects to develop as part of this as we expand the system to work as we envisage it.
As an example, if you look at [url removed, login to view] bingo, I would like something similar in a localised version.
I hope someone is interested in helping us out with this for a reasonable price.