Arduboy Business Card Plays Tetris, Might Be for Sale - TIME
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Business Card Plays Tetris, Might Be for Sale Soon

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The above video showcases a credit card-sized whatsit with a built-in screen, control pad and two buttons. It plays Tetris! If you’re not convinced by now that we’re either at or very near the pinnacle of human ingenuity, I’m not sure I’d ever be able to convince you otherwise and I’m not sure it’s worth your time to keep reading this. We should amicably go our separate ways.

For the rest of you, this project is called Arduboy. It’s about a millimeter and a half thick and apparently packs north of nine hours of battery life. Its creator, Kevin Bates, created the proof-of-concept you see in the above video and has plans to roll out a Kickstarter campaign to sell these things, complete with a website where people can share other types of software and games they create for Arduboy.

Bates writes on his site that he wants to use Kickstarter to raise $820 to cover licensing costs. I write here that he’ll probably be able to raise that amount faster than he can clear the first level of Tetris. He’ll also probably have to sell the cards without a game loaded onto them to avoid legal issues, though.

No word on how much a final version would cost, but you can visit Bates’ website to read more about how the project came together, complete with photos of the Qdoba and REI gift cards he used to test some of the early builds.

My business card plays Tetris [YouTube via The Next Web]

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Working in Detroit or why Ernie Harwell loves Michigan

Detroit is a working town. From the Thumb-area farms to the famous Highland Park assembly lines to the Ann Arbor research corridor, we Michiganders define ourselves by our work.

Take John Cannon for example. The 20-year-old Detroiter is a houseman at Greektown Casino, responsible for “everything the public sees” there. He vacuums the halls, puts fresh towels out, stocks the closets with supplies.

Cannon got the job in part because of the training he received through Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. Previously, Cannon worked at White Castle, known for its “slider” hamburgers. Nice gig, Cannon said, but he had bigger goals.

“I like coming to work every day,” Cannon said of his houseman job. “I like the fact that I don't know what's in store for me. It's an adventure.”

Some people may wonder why working people stay in Detroit. Unemployment tops 15 percent. The state is in a budget crisis. Job creation is slow to come, and many families are skipping haircuts and the like to limp through.

My friend Darcy, a former civil engineer and stay-at-home mom in Harper Woods, stays because “the people are quite nice here.” And her husband has a job – something that has become bragging point of life in the D.

Freelance photographer John F. Martin agrees. “I like (most of) the people, my business is doing well and I have hope that this once-great city will return to prosperity. No way I could leave – it would be like kicking a dog who just got run over by a truck.”

Longtime Detroit Tigers commentator Ernie Harwell recently said farewell to his fans after announcing his incurable cancer. In the ballpark that was his home for nearly half a century, he told the crowd: “I deeply appreciate the people of Michigan. I love their grit. I love the way they face life.”

So even if the rest of the world sees our region as a failure, we know better. We know hard work will keep it going. And it will turn around. Just keep watching.

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 Arduboy Business Card Plays Tetris, Might Be for Sale - TIME
TIME Gadgets

Business Card Plays Tetris, Might Be for Sale Soon

TAKE MY MONEY!

+ READ ARTICLE

The above video showcases a credit card-sized whatsit with a built-in screen, control pad and two buttons. It plays Tetris! If you’re not convinced by now that we’re either at or very near the pinnacle of human ingenuity, I’m not sure I’d ever be able to convince you otherwise and I’m not sure it’s worth your time to keep reading this. We should amicably go our separate ways.

For the rest of you, this project is called Arduboy. It’s about a millimeter and a half thick and apparently packs north of nine hours of battery life. Its creator, Kevin Bates, created the proof-of-concept you see in the above video and has plans to roll out a Kickstarter campaign to sell these things, complete with a website where people can share other types of software and games they create for Arduboy.

Bates writes on his site that he wants to use Kickstarter to raise $820 to cover licensing costs. I write here that he’ll probably be able to raise that amount faster than he can clear the first level of Tetris. He’ll also probably have to sell the cards without a game loaded onto them to avoid legal issues, though.

No word on how much a final version would cost, but you can visit Bates’ website to read more about how the project came together, complete with photos of the Qdoba and REI gift cards he used to test some of the early builds.

My business card plays Tetris [YouTube via The Next Web]

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This Robot Would Very Much Like to Play a Game of Connect Four With You

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When the singularity finally hits and artificial intelligence takes over everything, at least we know some of the robots will know how to have a good time — like this Connect Four-playing bot, programmed by MIT student Patrick McCabe.

Users can choose between four levels of difficulty and can even ask for a hint if needed. Head over to McCabe’s website for a detailed breakdown of how the machine works. In the meantime, watch here as the bot beats McCabe in the first round — and even taunts him a little bit before clinching the game.

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