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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Roundup: Consolidation, Vaccination, Exhibitionism and More

Lots of good stuff out there to read today:

--John Mogk gives a compelling argument on why Detroit needs to consolidate its residents (and stop selling its empty land to speculators) in today's Detroit News. Mogk is a Wayne State University law professor, former Detroit school board member and chair of the Michigan Council on Labor and Economic Growth.

A highlight:

Nearly 40 percent of the city's 140 square miles is already vacant or sparsely populated. As foreclosures and abandonment continue to spread in every neighborhood, the vacant areas will soon increase, perhaps to half of the city's area or more. The fact remains that many neighborhoods need to be phased out, but few if any will be willing to plan themselves out of existence.

--Regular blog readers may remember reading about Kalyn Risker, founder of Detroit-based Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment. She's featured in a great article, also in today's Detroit News, about how Michigan's economy is putting more stress on domestic-violence shelters and non-profit organizations.

--The Centers for Disease Control were in Michigan today to advocate more people getting the N1H1 vaccine. PLEASE get this shot if you haven't already. I wish I had. I am going into the second week of recovering, having picked up this nasty flu somewhere over the Thanksgiving week. It is the most horrendous illness I have ever experienced. Besides the days of body aches, chills and fever topping 103 degrees, it has put my family and friends at risk. Both of my children are getting the vaccine this weekend.

--I was shocked to hear the negative comments on our news radio station, WWJ-AM, regarding a decision Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee to approve legislation that allows women to breast feed their children in public. One person claimed women who would nurse in public are "exhibitionists." You've got to be kidding me. Since when is the most natural thing in the world -- feeding your child -- a sexual act? Bottles are allowed in public; why not the breast? When I nursed, I struggled to overcome my fears and feed my children wherever we were when they were hungry. Ultimately, it was empowering.

More interesting, in-depth, independently reported blog posting coming -- as soon as the illness fully clears and lets me think again.

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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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