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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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One year. One city. Endless opportunities.

Wearing Detroit on My Sleeve

What if…everyone who lived in Metro Detroit volunteered a few hours a month?

What if…each family committed to donating a bag of groceries every week to a food bank?

What if…a blog about one of the most challenged cities in the world encouraged people do something for Detroit?

The New Year has me thinking. I am going to step up to change myself and my city. Like many people, I am good at making resolutions. I'm a master at To Do lists. I have a list of promises to myself (and others) a mile long.

One of my favorite ones goes like this…Once my kids get into elementary school, I'll start exercising, volunteering my time, doing more good for someone other than myself.

So, I'll use the blog like a “Resolution Buddy.” I vow to find a Detroit-based organization to volunteer at in the New Year. Right now, I'm thinking the Salvation Army or that new Reading Corps for Detroit Public Schools, sponsored in part by The Detroit Free Press. I've submitted my name already (I'm volunteer 2,402.) It's easy to complain about education in Detroit; it's another thing to do something about it.

I think of it as putting my money, time and effort where my mouth is. After I criticized the Ice House Detroit project in a blog post, there was a comment from a reader that stuck with me. It was something about my “continuous pessimism” about the city. Surprisingly, I always thought I was an optimist on this site, but maybe not.

Over the past three months, I've spent more time in the city than I have in the four previous years. I have donated more money to Detroit-based groups – even $5 for those Ice House guys. I have made a point of eating at Detroit restaurants like my beloved Mi Pueblo. I proudly wear my “Make Nice Things about Detroit” T-shirt I picked up at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair.

It feels good to care about this great city – and show it.

I also resolve to spend more money in the city – Slows Bar B Q, you're next. And I plan to buy those Old English “D” cuff links from City Bird, even if I have no one to give them to – they're just beautiful. I also plan on taking my kids bowling at The Garden Bowl at the Majestic Theater, just so they can say they've handled the six-pound balls at America's oldest active bowling center.

This past week, I chatted with Lindsay Chalmers, Goodwill Industries of Metro Detroit's vice president of Business Development. He noted that he spent more than 35 years in private or for-profit businesses before joining Goodwill, where he has been for the past five years. I asked him if this was on purpose, and he said it indeed was. The job, while profitable for him and his family, also gave him a chance to give back and use his business experience to benefit the organization, which is in the midst of a massive restructuring given these economically trying times.

We could all do the same – give back a little. Anyone want to join me?

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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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