At the world bridge competition being concluded in Philadelphia, there were gadgets and gizmos. The computer-generated boards were duplicated across fields, so players in the regular championship played the same deals as those in the Plate competion. BridgeMate wireless scoring devices sent results immediately after each contract was played. Each deal was played behind screens. The tournament also had many impressive flat-panel displays (see here for a photo of some of the smaller ones).
But wait, there's more!
I've just read that in the 2011 world championships, to be held in Eindhoven, Netherlands, they plan to have web cams at each table to record the bidding and play. Spectators will be able to watch any players they wish to see. Maybe if I go play, my mom will watch me. "Hi, Mom!"
You can read more about it if you click here, then click on bulletin #14, then go to the interview on page 18.