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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.

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Depressing Daily Press

Sick as a dog today (thanks, N1H1). But found a couple interesting posts to share:

--Old pal Rodney Curtis has a great blog/site about his adventures in unemployment and at the Detroit Daily Press, which shut down last week for retooling.
--Also, Crain's Detroit had an interesting article about the Detroit Daily Press and more information its decision to reorganize. I'll put out some highlights:

The co-owner of the mothballed Detroit Daily Press said today the newspaper will re-launch in January only if circulation problems can be solved.

“If I can't get the circulation together and know that it can be run properly, I'm not going to do it,” said Mark Stern, who with his brother Gary published the inaugural issue on Nov. 23 only to suspend operations Friday afternoon because of retail delivery and productions problems, and a lack of advertising.

Stern said the circulation department is going to be completely revamped, and he would decide today if circulation director Jim Lingemann will be retained. He was meeting with the circulation staff this morning.

The Royal Oak-based Press was on pace to lose more than $1 million in less than two months if things continued at the current pace, Stern said. He said he was prepared to float losses for some time, but not at that rate.

“We decided at this point to stop the bleeding,” he said.

The Press -- aimed at Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties -- also should have waited at least a couple more weeks before launching, Stern said, to ensure circulation, advertising and marketing plans were fully in place. He admits they were not, and thought things could be solved as they published.

Home delivery was to begin today, but the myriad problems printing and delivery the newspaper made that impossible, Mark Stern said.

The Sterns had said they needed to eventually reach 150,000 subscribers to make the paper work — which is about 17,000 fewer subscribers than The News has right now.

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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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