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]

Your browser, Internet Explorer 8 or below, is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites.

Learn how to update your browser
One year. One city. Endless opportunities.

A Few Thoughts On The Mayor's Q&A

Spent the weekend out of town so I nearly missed Sunday's interview with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing in the Detroit Free Press. It was worth catching up on and even encouraging in some places (although I think the man has enough on his plate without also taking on control of the schools).

My favorite part was this nugget about right-sizing Detroit:

Absolutely, we have to downsize. The land banking authority will enable us to get the data we need to make the decisions. There are areas in the city that are totally depopulated. For those people who are there, it's going to be a job trying to persuade them to move. But that has to happen. We can't afford to continue to give them the services they need.

I think the mayor is thinking right on this one, of course, and on his support for urban farming. Detroit has to handle its land issues more responsibly and with a clearer vision toward the future. I also agree that, when it comes to moving some people, it's going to be "a job." From Black Bottom to Corktown, municipal land management plans have often conflicted with ideas about homeowners rights in Detroit, and it will be interesting to see how the city handles relocating even those in some of the most desolate neighborhoods.

I guess it's good too that the mayor is announcing right off that the city is ready to "persuade" folks to relocate. I hope there'll be something like real incentives, "carrots," for residents to leave their homes, especially since "sticks" like eminent domain can turn things ugly. Of course, I'm sure he's also hoping that telling you straight out that the city doesn't really have the wherewithal to serve the three houses on your block where 25 others once stood might be incentive enough.

I guess the only part that I didn't think was that great was the last portion, where I thought he tip-toed around Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's shots at the city:

He, in the past, has been flippant and said some things that Detroiters thought were negative and derogatory to our city. I know him differently, and I have the ability to go to him, one-on-one, and have a conversation.

Mmm...No. It's not that Detroiters "thought" some things he said were negative and derogatory. It's that some things L. Brooks Patterson said were negative and derogatory (and, yes, flippant). You certainly don't have to hate the man for it, but cracks about owning Buicks vis a vis other human beings isn't a good look. And I'd like to think the CEO of Detroit can acknowledge that as straightforwardly as he can address other very real local issues as, say, the need for greater civic responsibility among Detroit residents.

Lastly, I suppose I get why contemporary Detroit mayors make a big deal about being able to "go to" suburban leaders, but do they really get much mileage out of that anymore -- on any side of 8 Mile Road? Whether it was Coleman or Kwame, haven't they all had access? And they've all crowed about it in one way or another -- even when they've totally misused it. I mean, I do appreciate the bridge building potential Bing holds out. The mayor certainly should be extending a hand to other metro Detroit leaders, irrespective of party affiliation. But since bridges run two ways, I also look forward to the day when many more political figures like Patterson are boasting about their ability to "go to" the mayor of Detroit for productive dialogue, too.

I don't want to sound more critical of the interview than I really am. Overall, I still thought it was a good read...and that the mayor showed some real foresight. It'll be very interesting to see how his right-sizing efforts unfold next year and beyond because, other than crime and schools, I can't think of anything more pressing.

Good to be back...Can't wait to hear you tell me your thoughts about the interview, land management issues, city/suburban political dynamics or whatever else. What'd you take away from it? Were you encouraged or not?

  • Print
  • Comment

Add Your Comment:

You must be logged in to post a comment.
The Detroit Blog Daily E-mail

Get e-mail updates from TIME's The Detroit Blog in your inbox and never miss a day.

 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]

Your browser, Internet Explorer 8 or below, is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites.

Learn how to update your browser
 MIT Student Creates Connect Four Playing Robot for Course Final - TIME
TIME technology

This Robot Would Very Much Like to Play a Game of Connect Four With You

Game on

+ READ ARTICLE

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.

Your browser, Internet Explorer 8 or below, is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites.

Learn how to update your browser