After a few rounds of negotiation, I was able to acquire the device, some accessories and a few marked decks for roughly $1300 thanks to the help of my Chinese contacts. While still expensive, going straight to the device maker was still way cheaper than the online re-seller and guaranteed that I got the real deal. That is, after I took a leap of faith and sent them the money via Western Union 🙂
As depicted in the diagram above, to read cards remotely, the device has a hidden camera embedded on one side. The infrared (IR) filter has been removed so it can perceive IR light. Next to it, there are three concealed IR LEDs that illuminate the deck to make the markings on the cards visible to the camera.
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