Hmmm... where to start... OK, here is where I am going to start- Pinbar. NOPE, no, nada, just not going to happen for me... it may take off for the new iPad generation, but for us old sticks in the mud... no, just ... NO. I want my lockdown bars, smooth, rounded and nice to hold onto. I dont even remember the last time I even looked at the action button on a Stern, much lest staring at a screen down there.
Online connectivity. This is innovation looking for a problem to solve that is not a problem. In the days of connectivity, I can see wanting to add this to pinball, and all the "neet" things it supposedly brings to the table, but is it relying on universal wifi to connect? or is going to piggyback off the wifi available at the location? what if there isn't any wifi? ELB? cellular? CAT5? tin can and string? If your an operator, checking on your games remotely has it's draw, but won't that lead to just more broken and non-functioning pinball on site? It's hard enough as it is to get operators to maintain their equiptment on site, now let them know there is no reason to empty the coin box and see how much maintenance the machines get.
Future titles. Food truck? seriously? and watch out for those evil Roach coach competitors.. out to steal your customers... Barry, that is just weak sauce. Would hate to have been in the room for that pitch meeting. "The Who" OK, well every pin company needs a aging rock music band title, why not the kings of pinball rock? This would interest me if done well... But the other titles felt too much like old men trying to be or seem relevant to their young teenage daughter's friends and it doesn't go well, giving a more icky creepy vibe than actual titles that might interest me.
Back in the 90's when B/W were crushing it, the innovations we all looked for were expected on the playfield in the form of interaction with the ball. The player interaction needed no explanation, no LCD's to guide you to the end of the game, your UI is just two buttons (or 4 with Magnasave at times) and you knew exactly what to do- hit the ball, keep it out of the outlanes and drains. Does pinball need to be much more than that? imo I don't think so.