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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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The Circular Firing Squad of Michigan Politics

My man Jack Lessenberry nails it, especially with this line:

What we do know is that without some form of higher education, the good life, or maybe even any kind of job, is not going to be possible for today's Michiganders. You simply cannot support yourself flipping burgers at McDonald's, even if you can find a job there. Everybody in the state Legislature knows this.

And...

The Legislature already has voted to sabotage our future. They have slashed funding for early childhood development, and are cutting spending for public education by $165 a pupil. The cynics, careerists and hypocrites among them are acting as if that were a victory for the kids, since earlier, the "leadership" had happily agreed to cut it by $218.

Now, Republican legislator Mike Bishop, the state Senate Majority Leader, is apparently trying to draw a line in the sand when it comes to restoring funding for the Michigan Promise scholarship program, which provides $4,000 to each Michigan student who completes two years of of post-secondary education with a 2.5 GPA or better. Meanwhile, the costs of going to school continue to increase: our 15 state universities raised tuition by 35 percent between 2003 and 2007, largely because of cuts in their state funding. (Our Democratic governor certainly isn't without blame in the ongoing Michigan budget fiasco, but visceral and nonsensical attacks on public education funding are straight out of the GOP playbook. And, yeah, I said it.)

Some of this isn't surprising because, around here, many politicians and residents (of all stripes) often fail to hold education in the highest regard. We're not necessarily anti-intellectual in Michigan, but many of us have a long history of doing just fine without a U of M sheepskin -- or even a Detroit Cass Tech High School diploma -- adorning the wall. As Jack points out, a booming auto industry meant high-paying jobs for even the lowest-skilled workers. Even I can remember tales of guys who would could shout "screw high school" in the 11th grade, drop out to take jobs at Ford and Chrysler and still earn as much as some accountants and other professionals.

But those days are gone. And they aren't coming back. So education has to become a greater priority for us, and it's value should be reflected in how we allocate our money, despite deficits and other woes. We cannot afford to stop investing in our kids' education, even when we think such opposition can be fashioned into a winning political sound bite. And reneging on the Promise program is, to me, as cynical a political betrayal of that ideal as I can imagine.

You'd think the leaders in Lansing, our state capitol, would understand that.

Guess our high-school students aren't the only ones in need of higher learning.

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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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 MIT Student Creates Connect Four Playing Robot for Course Final - TIME
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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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