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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Dear Shepard Smith: Button It

Yikes. I'd bet Shepard Smith of the Fox Channel wishes he had a "rewind button."

On Wednesday, the popular Talking Head took on the recent story about poor Detroit Public Schools test scores during an interview with Sharlonda Buckman of the Detroit Parent Network and Detroit school board member Tyrone Winfrey. Smith told viewers:

"69 percent of the kids who took the test scored as if they just guessed on every one, and you're talking about adequate, adequate advancement. I don't care. If my kid were in Detroit, I'd try to burn the place down."

He came back today and said people "are taking his comments out of context and should not divert their focus away from the real problem, low test scores and poor student performance," according to Fox 2 Detroit.

Here's the whole comment he made on air:

"During that segment, I offhandedly remarked that if my kids were in Detroit, I'd burn the place down. Now, I immediately said that I meant that figuratively, that we'd all be upset. Obviously, who in the world would advocate such a thing, burning the place down. But these words have become a story in Detroit with the comments taken out of context. The real story here, Detroit, is seven out of ten of your fourth graders answered math questions with no greater accuracy than one would had a person not even read the question, as if at random. Seventy percent. Some parents say teachers and administrators should be jailed. The basic truth of all this is Detroit, you have a problem. Diverting attention to the sideshow that is outsiders' observation of this crisis will not make it go away. You fail tomorrow's leaders in the fourth grade, it's all lost."

I don't think he needs to apologize, but can we PLEASE avoid the "burn the place down" reference? That's so tired.

Detroit Public Schools superhero (and emergency financial manager) Robert Bobb told some reporters "there's nothing wrong" with the minds of Detroit's students, according to MLive.com

Here's a link to the discussion about it on the DetroitYes! forum. Always a great place to sound off.

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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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