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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Taking care of business (and one of our own)

Michelle Crumm is your typical Michigan girl. Humble, polite, hard working to a fault.

She also is the smart, organized and aggressive head of Adaptive Materials, an alternative-energy research and development firm with more than $8 million in annual sales and about 60 employees. Not too shabby.

Crumm is a finalist for Entrepreneur magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is the only female candidate in her category as an established entrepreneur. And, more importantly, she is the only representative from the Midwest region.

Check it out, haters: We have successful businesses here. Yeah, you heard me. We know how to get stuff started.

Enough bragging. Crumm is my kind of woman – wonderfully funny, warm and a working mother. She has three children, a genius husband and a business that helps American soldiers do their jobs and stay alive. Nice one, Michelle.

She and her hubby and “partner in crime,” Aaron, co-founded Adaptive Materials a decade ago. The Ann Arbor-based business creates fuel cells mainly – the kind that can power unmanned aircraft and ground vehicles. That is the sort of stuff that helps U.S. soldiers stay out of the line of fire and get home again. (Again, nice!)

“I'm making products I love to make,” Crumm said. “I'm in awe of every dollar than we get from the Department of Defense. We have to be stewards of that money.”

They took little to no outside funding to make it happen. And they really make products that work.

Oh, and did I mention that Crumm also is one of the winners of Ernst & Young L.L.P.'s annual Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the Central Great Lakes region?

“Entrepreneurship in Michigan is so much bigger and better than we give ourselves credit for,” Crumm said. “We can create successful businesses.”

Her friends are backing her up. Fellow entrepreneur Catherine Juon and public relations bud Jenn Cornell (who Crumm describes as her “social media queens”) are tackling an Internet campaign to elicit votes across Michigan.

Many local and national companies and Web sites are linking to the magazine to get more ballots cast. Juon and Cornell both post a link at the bottoms of their emails. There is a whole state rooting for Crumm. It's the least we can do for one of our own.

Sadly, Crumm is thousands of votes behind the other finalists. I admit I'd like to see her win. Not that I'm biased or anything. If you want to vote or view the biographies of the other four fine candidates, check them 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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