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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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Fundraising and Fearmongering

Seems U.S. Rep Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), considered a leading Michigan gubernatorial candidate, has decided to try hard to cash in on whatever fear and anger has been generated by the botched terrorist attack at Detroit Metro Airport on Christmas Day.

Expectedly, the full fundraising letter from Hoekstra meanders through attacks on the stereotypical range of liberal suspects—from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the New York Times to the "weak-kneed liberals who have recently tried to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists right here to Michigan!" (somehow he missed arugula lettuce)—but even as he excoriates all things left, the man who wants to be Michigan's next governor still takes the time to include this gem:

There should be no partisan rancor when it comes to keeping our citizens safe.

Heh. Gotta admire a man who opts for the high road.

But seriously, can Hoekstra be any more crass in his hypocrisy and desperate in his efforts to get some partisan mileage out of this? I mean, he talks big on national security when he's looking for donations, but Pete Hoekstra is the very same man who this year voted against a bill that would've provided funding to the Transportation Security Administration for the detection of explosives at airports.And while his hypocrisy is worse, I'm just as annoyed by how his weak attempts to seem relevant in this whole discussion about national security instead make him seem like more of a know-nothing:

“It's not surprising,” U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Holland Republican, said of the alleged terrorist attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight in Detroit. A Nigerian who authorities said had told them he was ordered by al-Qaida to detonate an explosive was in custody. Reports linked the explosives to Yemen.“People have got to start connecting the dots here and maybe this is the thing that will connect the dots for the Obama administration,” said Hoekstra.

Hoekstra hadn't yet been briefed on the incident but said he is already calling on the Obama administration to meet with Intelligence Committee members to fully inform them about the alleged terrorism attempt at the Detroit airport.

"Connecting the dots?" WTF? And why is a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee flapping his gums about dots and what not before he's even been briefed?

And then there was his Twitter comment the day of the incident:

Administration says attempted terrorist attack. No. It was a terrorist attack! Just not as successful as they (AQ) planned.

So...? You're mad because they pointed out that the plot didn't work? That's the stuff that outrages our would-be next guv?

And now Hoekstra--the same man who once actually fixed his lips to claim, "We have discovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq"--wants you to believe he's got the good sense, foresight, priorities and brains it takes to help keep us safe as governor? Sorry, but I'm with James Carville and Steve Benen on this one.

Michigan's got enough problems as it is, even with this guy embarrassing us in the House of Representatives (not to mention cyberspace). I don't think we need a "Governor" Pete Hoekstra making things any worse.

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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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