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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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School's organic farm inspires film

Lots of people want to make movies in Detroit…we're a great backdrop for sci-fi thrillers (The Island) or dramas that need a gritty backdrop (Gran Torino).

But not many filmmakers make movies ABOUT this notorious city. That is why Grown in Detroit, a documentary by two Dutch filmmakers, is so impressive.

If you missed its recent public-television debut, Grown in Detroit is a one-hour documentary about Catherine Ferguson Academy, a Detroit Public School dedicated to helping pregnant and parenting teens complete their high-school education.

More than 300 girls and their children attend the school. One of the many things that make the Academy different is the farm they started. The girls grow organic vegetables, raise fruit trees, tend to honey bees, take care of animals. The goal is to feed these families both body and soul. They sell the extra harvest at Eastern Market, the area's beloved historic public marketplace.

So how did a husband and wife from the Netherlands hear about this urban garden half a world away? Believe it or not, filmmaker Mascha Poppenk was an exchange student in Michigan some 20 years ago, and she was in town visiting her host family and friends when she heard of the school.

In Detroit alone, more than 3,000 pregnant teens will drop out of high school each year. Yet those lucky ones who get in thrive at the Academy, which has an astonishing graduation rate of 90 percent.

Mascha and Manfred Poppenk filmed in Detroit for almost three months. They immersed themselves in the city and the farm, ignoring friends' worries about their safety.

“We cannot be any whiter, the three of us, but they let us in,” Mascha Poppenk said of herself, husband and their camera woman Suzan van Steenwijk. “We felt so welcome. Everyone was so warm. They let us into their lives. It was an honor.”

In fact, the Poppenks applied for a green card to live in the United States; more specifically, they want to settle in Detroit.

“We love that city. It is the city of tomorrow, I totally believe in that,” Mascha said.

The film was well received in Holland, Mascha said. Next month, the couple will screen the film again, this time at the Austin Film Festival in Texas.

“We need to create a buzz because we want to come back and make more films,” Mascha said.

To check out the film, go to the Poppenks' web site. You will need a password to see the film. I think it's worth the effort. Check it out here.

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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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