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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Legalizing It

The Detroit Free Press had a fascinating story last weekend about how the medical marijuana industry in Michigan is booming, thanks to a recent decision by state voters to legalize medicinal weed. And even though questions remain about how to interpret the law, what's not murky is how the measure is fueling a level of economic stimulation:

Equipment manufacturers, retailers, doctors, lawyers and publishers are suddenly advertising, hanging up shingles, opening storefronts and building growing equipment all over the state.

I'm not suggesting that we look to weed as the next economic engine for the state -- any more than we can keep looking to car manufacturing -- but I am intrigued by the implications of this small step away from the irrationality of the so-called drug war. We're trying something new in Michigan for a change, after squandering decades in pursuit of policies that have fouled up countless lives over a plant that's probably safer than alcohol.

And early indications are that our progressive approach is paying off. Jobs are being created. So are tax revenues. Rules are being put in place to regulate the industry. Meanwhile, the black market that often contributes to the violence that plagues places like Detroit is now faced with the real possibility of losing a big chunk of its multi-billion-dollar hustle.

I'm not sure what a robust medical marijuana industry will ultimately mean for the state, although I can't imagine we'd be any worse off than California, where there's talk of how legalizing marijuana (and not just medicinal weed either) could pump billions into the sagging state economy. Without knowing just how big marijuana is here, I'd still guess that we too would be looking at the sudden influx of millions of dollars into state coffers, if not more. (I know that, as of 2006, according to some estimates, marijuana arrests cost the state more than $300 million.)

While I'd rather we adopt sane drug policies out of good sense, I guess I'm not complaining about the economic argument to be made. Whatever the case, it still beats the hell out of what's driven drug policy before -- the politics of hysteria and stupidity.

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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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