How Technology Is Slowly But Surely Transforming New Zealand’s Entertainment Industry

New Zealand has recently been showing signs that it’s ready to become a big player in the technology scene. By looking at a few areas, we can see how the latest tech is gradually helping to introduce new entertainment options across the country.

Online Pokies and Live Dealer Game Shows

Online casinos have been delivering a new way of gambling to players in many parts of the world since the turn of the century, but the last few years have seen a speeding up in the rate of change as the likes of live-streaming and augmented reality have been put to good use in casinos. While live game shows with human presenters are making waves right now, we can also see changes sweeping across the pokies genre.

This site featuring online pokies for Kiwis contains a big mixture of themes and features. For example, there is a filter for jackpot games where the main prize builds up every time someone plays. The Megaways mechanism on some of these pokies was created by Australian company Big Time Gaming and has been added to many games to provide an ever-changing set of reels where the symbols can merge randomly.

A World-Leading AI  Experience at the Cinema Theatre

A trip to the movie theatre is another entertainment option that has changed thanks to the introduction of new technology. While the likes of 7D cinemas have added to the emotion by letting viewers feel the motion and sense the smells all around them, an even bigger development saw an NZ cinema use artificial intelligence to become a world leader in 2023. This is because HyperCinema in Auckland has introduced the first live AI experience theatre. The starting point for visitors is to get their photos taken from various angles upon arrival and then answer some questions about themselves and their preferences. After this, they’re given a green cube that gets plugged into the different sockets around the place, which leads to movies appearing on the screens

The Most Promising NZ Startups

To better understand the future of the entertainment industry, we can look at the top startups in NZ to see what they offer. This list is led by Soul Machines, an Auckland-based company that builds emotionally intelligent and highly responsive avatars to let users interact more effectively with machines. 

Many of the startups are focused on business solutions, although it’s easy to imagine how the services offered by AI company UneeQ and the blockchain exchange company Centrality could eventually affect our entertainment. It’s worth keeping an eye on other NZ startups as the country begins to make strides thanks to efforts like the Startup NZ programme for entrepreneurs.

These signs suggest that we can soon expect to see New Zealand’s entertainment scene diversify further as new pieces of technology are introduced. No matter what hobbies you enjoy, it seems certain that there will soon be new ways of doing it thanks to these and other advances.

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