While the internet is filled with random generators, there are few things that are as reliably random as rolling a set of dice. I mean sure, computers should be able to accomplish basically the same thing, but the guy who runs GamesByEmail was tired of getting complaints that his random numbers weren’t random enough. So he built a crazy contraption that can roll dice endlessly and record the results. And the whole thing is powered by a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook.
It’s not like you need a whole heck of a lot of processing power to take pictures of dice and detect the numbers. You just need a decent camera, and a computer that can analyze the photos using a special application written in .NET. It probably doesn’t hurt that the Inspiron Mini 9 isn’t an energy hog.
All told, the machine can handle about 200 dice, and each die takes about 13 seconds to make a round trip. I haven’t bothered double checking the math, but the guy who built this contraption says it’s capable of 1.3 million dice rolls per day.
You can find a video of the machine in action after the break.