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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Still A Monster

Feeling outraged about the outrageous today...

So the lawyer for a Highland Park, Mich., man who killed his own son is now claiming that the dad "just snapped" when he shot the boy, allegedly for sexually molesting his baby sister.

He said his client is now devastated and under the care of a psychiatrist at the Wayne County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

"He doesn't understand how any of this could have happened," O'Meara said.

That's because, as far as I can see, counselor, your client is a monster.

I mean, as a father of a young boy and younger girl, I couldn't begin to imagine the sort of pain that I'd be wracked with if my son did anything as remotely horrific as what 15-year-old Jamar Pinkney Jr. is accused of. Yes, I'd want him arrested. Yes, I'd want him in front of judge and psychiatrist both. And I don't doubt that, somewhere in my heart, I'd want to beat him with an inch of his life.

But daddies are supposed to help their children, not seek vengeance against them. Daddies are supposed to protect -- even it means sending a child away to get help -- not get so consumed with their own animal rage that they strip their child down, listen to him beg for his life and then blow him away and drive off.

Straight up, I don't believe the man when he says he "snapped." What he did, if reports are true, was too cold, too calculating for me to buy that one. This wasn't just blind rage. This was a sick and deliberate attempt to humiliate his namesake and then throw his life away like it was trash.

This was purposeful, monstrous evil -- the kind that suggests to me that that man had "snapped" long before he pulled a gun on his child.

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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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