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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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Detroit's Marathon: What Caused Three Deaths?

Sunday's Detroit Marathon delivered one of the rarest of sights here: People. The race began promptly, just before dawn, with temperatures barely above freezing. A record 19,300 people registered for one of the world's largest races, which included crossing the tunnel beneath the Detroit River, into Windsor, Ontario, and back. (Marathon participants were cleared by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security before receiving race badges.) In Detroit neighborhoods along the route, residents hosted parties. In parts of downtown, there was traffic. It was, in a way, strangely reminiscent of how one feels during a war, or after a hurricane: You're happy simply to see another friendly soul.

But the festivities were marred about 9:02a.m., when a man the authorities have not identified collapsed near the 11th-mile marker. Fifteen minutes later, not far away, another man collapsed. Then, at 9:18, a third man collapsed near the finish line. Officials say all three men died of heart attacks, and that the cases do not appear to be related. Medical officials are investigating. But, could even a half-marathon, in which all three men participated, be too grueling a race? Could it have been too cold? Rich Harshbarger, a vice president for the Detroit Media Partnership, which handles the business affairs for the News and the Free Press, one of the marathon's sponsors, says talk that weather was a factor “is speculation. There's no way to know.” Nevertheless, veteran marathon participants say that Sunday's crisp, clear weather was actually ideal.

The last fatality during the Detroit Marathon was in 1994, when a male competitor died near the 21st-mile marker, of a heart attack. Several other races have been marred in recent years. In 2007, a rare October heat wave forced Chicago officials to halt that city's marathon, in which one man died.

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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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