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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Either With Us Or Against Us?

I was living in New York City when terrorists brought down the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and I remember clear as day the way people rallied around President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the attack, setting aside party differences and ideological conflicts in favor of a unified front shown to the world. Of course the goodwill extended to Bush didn't last forever -- but it still was very much real, even if short-lived.

Now, nine years later, back home in Detroit and looking around at the reaction in the aftermath of yet another terror attempt (this one thankfully botched), I can't help but wonder why President Barack Obama can't get even a modicum of this kind of support. Instead, barely two weeks out from the incident, even as we still work to piece together what happened and what went wrong, the President's ideological opponents just won't stop reaching for dull knives in petty attempts to hamstring the man...

Harry Truman made "the buck stops here" the motto of his presidency and set a standard for accepting responsibility for the workings of an administration.

None of that for Obama. He has set himself up as the aggrieved party, as angry and appalled as everyone else that the terrorist was allowed to board the plane.

Umm...no.

Listen, I'm not saying don't criticize the man. I'm not against that at all. But really, do so many of these criticisms from what many regard as respected perches have to be such a reach, so groundless and silly? Do they have to seem so crass and opportunistic? And why is that we never heard these same folks level these same criticisms at Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks or even Richard Reid's failed shoe-bombing? Three thousand Americans died on Bush's watch, and we still haven't caught man behind it all. Even so, Dubya never once "owned" anyone's failures (not even his own) -- and so many of the same people who jump feet first on Obama now never made so much as a peep in '01.

I dunno. Maybe back then it was considered "patriotic" to silently watch that proverbial buck reach the President's desk and whiz on by.

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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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