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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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Taking It To the Bank

Here's a good piece on how the state is gearing up to use various land bank programs to take over blighted properties in assorted Michigan cities and counties.

There's also an effort to encourage urban gardeners to develop empty city lots and allow homeowners to buy inexpensive vacant lots next to their property. "We expect (Detroit's land bank) to be the most aggressive developer in the city," said Douglas Diggs, interim director of the city's land bank office.

I hope the city does meet these expectations. Right now, I'm hearing that there's far too much prime property being cherry picked by speculators with no real interest in the city or its long-term revitalization. Meanwhile, people who would actually buy some of these homes and live in them are being left with the chaff. I'm not against the free market, generally speaking anyway, but the free market alone isn't going to return Detroit to any semblance of glory. The city needs a plan, preferably one that works in conjunction with a state plan for our turnaround. Good to see there's talk of true, broad, multi-regional coordination going on...at least by most...

Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner, chair of the state's land bank authority, is pushing for a county land bank, but the idea has not yet been officially endorsed by officials, including county executive L. Brooks Patterson and the county Board of Commissioners. Patterson has spoken out against the programs, and last week he bristled at the notion that the affluent county is in the same boat as a community like Flint.

"There's a world of difference," Patterson said. "They have a lot more industrial and commercial property in default and bankruptcy than we do."

Something about this comment reminds me of when I was growing up and, even though all of our families were struggling, nobody wanted to own up to actually being poor. Never mind that many of our parents were collecting welfare or unemployment checks. It was always those other kids who we'd laugh at for not having a pot to piss in.

In that same vein, it seems to me that Patterson's remark casts Oakland County as the household whose mother still has her part-time job at Kroger, even though daddy's been pink-slipped from Budd. Glad you can eat a little better than some others for now. But a place that just watched the Pontiac Silverdome get sold off for about 1 percent of what it cost to build the place—in the 1970s, no less—probably shouldn't act like it's only those other kids who need the helping hand.

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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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