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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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One year. One city. Endless opportunities.

Our election day

Today is a monumental day in Michigan and across our country. It is Election Day.

Like so many others, I will cast my ballot, dragging two small future voters along with me. Granted, the weightiest thing in my city is the local council and a school millage. But my friend is running, so I hope my vote will put her into office.

In previous elections, I haven't cared much about Detroit. I have never been eligible to cast a vote in the city. I've never owned land in Detroit. I've never even rented an apartment there. So I never had a stake in its politics – or so it seemed.

As a former employee of a Detroit-based company, I knew who the candidates were and watched the election results – but always with a sense of derision.

That is because Detroit politics are full of characters, good and evil. The whole thing seemed like a hot mess. Two words: Kwame Kilpatrick. And let's not forget this is a city council where members verbally and nearly physically attack one another, claim they are being electrocuted through their seat or resign in disgrace only when they're caught by federal agents.

This year is different. This year, I feel I have an investment in the election's outcome, both personally and professionally.

The blog makes me care about Detroit more than I ever have. For some reason, writing about the city for Assignment Detroit has made me feel like its parent – so in love with this grubby place that I feel dizzy with emotion.

As such, I want the city to succeed. I want people on the inside – and the outside – to feel as passionate about the outcome as I now do. I want those within Detroit to vote. And I want those in the suburbs to really get involved with this city, this election and Detroit's future.

Here's why – and allow me to wander a bit here. Last week, Detroit dedicated the new William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor.

Formerly known as Tricentennial Park, this huge area was renamed for Bill Milliken, who was governor of Michigan from 1969 to 1983 – a living legend indeed. At the ceremony, Milliken talked about “a new Detroit.”

Here are some of his comments, taken directly from his speech:

“The simple truth is that if one cares about the future of Michigan, it is not enough to care just about the Great Lakes or our undisturbed areas. To care about the future of Michigan means we all must care about the future of Michigan cities, particularly Detroit.

“For far too long, the politics of division have played too large a role in Southeast Michigan and throughout the state. Division by race, division by economic status and division by geography have all been exploited – and continue to be exploited – by some for their own short-term political gain. But in pursuing their own narrow personal interests, they only hold Michigan back.

“To me, the measures of real leadership have never been associated with promoting our differences. To me, the measures of real leadership involve searching for common ground as we work to develop responsible public policy.”

It's time to care.

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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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