Las Vegas represents possibility, optimism and temptation. Itâs a city with lights running through its veins and creativity pumping in its heart. That said, itâs really no surprise that Vegas also happens to be a city that is fully embracing technology.Â
Below, we explore what some of todayâs most exciting technologies may mean for the next ten years of this larger-than-life slice of America.
A high-tech mindset isnât new for Vegas: The city has long played host to the annual CES event, a launch pad for some of the worldâs most innovative and disruptive technologies. And virtual reality, one of the hottest buzzwords in the tech industry, has been hogging the spotlight of CESâ stages for the past several years.
The Vegas VR app and 360 video tours on GeoVegas are proof positive that Vegas and VR are a match made in virtual heaven, but there are many more immersive possibilities for the future. Think: fully virtual casinos where you can choose your own adventure, scenery and companions; entire concerts experienced front-row from the comfort of your hotel suite; and virtual reality restaurants that enable you to dine wherever in the world you desire.
Vegas is already a city ripe for endless possibilities, and virtual reality promises to elevate these pie-in-the-sky experiences to the next level.
High-end, high-tech hotels
Vegasâ world-renowned hotels are already home to numerous record-breaking claims to fame: The Venetian Palazzo, for example, held the title of the Worldâs Largest Hotel from 2008-2015. (Thereâs also the worldâs tallest chocolate fountain, housed in the Bellagio.)
Technology here, too, plays a key role. From mind-bogglingly large flatscreen televisions to hotel restaurants infused with a dash of molecular gastronomy, many of the luxe accommodations Vegas is known for have gotten tech upgrades in recent years. The SLS Las Vegas, for example, recently established a partnership with Samsung in order to bring its guests a more personalized hotel experience, integrating Samsung Smart Hospitality TVs and Galaxy tablets to streamline every element of guestsâ stays from check-in to in-room entertainment. Another high-end hotel, the Wynn Las Vegas, recently announced a partnership with Amazon to equip all its 4,748 hotel rooms with Echo, the hands-free, voice-controlled speaker.
In the future, itâs not beyond the realm of possibility that these tech-infused amenities exceed even our wildest expectations. For example, AI that predicts the cocktail youâd like to have delivered to your hotel room in the evening â and the exact minute when it should arrive. Or, smart glass windows overlooking the Vegas cityscape that serve as immersive, augmented reality screens.
A flourishing startup hubÂ
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, who has been spearheading the Downtown Project, a $350 million initiative to revitalize the city, is just one of the world-renowned entrepreneurs with an eye on Vegas. The Vegas Tech Fund is a Vegas-based, seed-stage venture fund with ambitious plans to help hundreds of tech startups get off the ground: The fund has attracted attention from some of the most notable luminaries in the tech world.
With skyrocketing costs of living in startup-centric cities like Silicon Valley, would-be startup founders are looking elsewhere to set up shop. Alluring Las Vegas may one day not only bring to mind ritzy vacations â but also an impactful tech hub brimming with entrepreneurial talent. The realm of sustainability and urban design is a particularly promising industry for Vegas startups; we can easily imagine some of the worldâs most impressive coworking spaces or incubators one day dotting the famed streets of the strip.
Even in a city renowned for its glittering lights, the future has never looked brighter. Â