Keep taking the Tablets!
Unless you have been playing bridge on a desert island for the last few years you will know that major bridge championships that require the services of a BBO organiser turn to Traian Chira, who lives in Australia, having settled there in the early 1990’s following the overthrow of Communism in Romania. A writer and manager of software, he has been responsible for a number of important developments that are primarily designed to improve online spectator’s viewing experience.
His latest innovation is the introduction of tablet computers on each side of the screen that include a button for calling the Director (so on the other side of the screen they don’t know a call has been made) and one that has to be used when taking a ‘comfort’ break (ensuring that a team mate at the other table cannot leave at the same time).
They are in use here in Lyon and tablets are also being used to display information outside the BBO playing rooms.
Whilst it is possible that future developments might see the bidding boxes replaced by tablets there are no plans to do away with the playing cards!