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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Since arriving as Detroit Public Schools' chief earlier this year, Robert C. Bobb has aggressively tackled corruption. That was on full display this morning in a downtown Detroit courtroom. Bobb made an unusual appearance at the sentencing hearing for Arsenio White, a 19-year-old 10th-grade dropout who'd been caught breaking into a school with two friends – apparently to steal computers.

That's no small matter in Detroit, where the school system – and the city itself – is on the brink of financial collapse. Bobb told the packed courtroom that already this year, nearly 500 school computers had been stolen, costing his system at least $600,000. “That should have been used to invest in our students,” he said, adding, “This young man has the opportunity to turn his life around.” The judge, then, essentially followed Bobb's suggestion: White was sentenced to three years of probation, partially served in a boot camp. Then, White must enroll in a Detroit public school program to earn his high school diploma. After his sentencing, White stood up and apologized to the court, the school system, and his parents, who were in the room.

Television cameras followed Bobb outside the courtroom. He said he'd attend other criminal hearings, if needed, to make clear that “the Detroit public schools isn't an electronics store.” Then, a local reporter asked Bobb about Fox News' Shephard Smith, who last night told his viewers: “If my kid were in Detroit I'd try to burn the place down,” an apparent reference to last week's news that Detroit public school students performed abysmally on a national test. In response to Smith, Bobb said: “To hell with him. Who the hell does he think he is? There's nothing wrong with these kids' minds. Maybe something's wrong with the adults.”

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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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 MIT Student Creates Connect Four Playing Robot for Course Final - TIME
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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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