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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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Bing's Inauguration Speech

Text of today's speech at the Fox Theatre.

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Good afternoon and thank you for that warm introduction. And thanks to everyone here this afternoon. And thank you to the citizens for the honor of being elected the 62nd mayor of the great City of Detroit.

Today marks the beginning of a new era for Detroit. For quite some time, many have talked about the need to bring change, and today that change is before us. This is more than the inauguration of a mayor or a city council or city clerk. It is a new day. And we stand ready to fundamentally change the substance and tone of civic leadership in our city.

We will no longer be defined by the failures, divisiveness and self-serving actions of the past. We are turning the page to a new time in Detroit, focused not just on the challenges we face, but the opportunities we have to rebuild and renew our city ... and the Spirit of Detroit

I look forward to working with our new City Council. Our new members, along with the steady returning hands of past council members, represent a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and promise for Detroit. I want you to know that my door is always open to you and that I value your ideas and experience. My administration is committed to continuing to build a relationship defined by cooperation, mutual respect and informed discussion on the issues that matter most to Detroiters.

As you are all well aware, we have a number of significant issues to address in the next four years. We can't hide from those challenges or look for quick fixes that compromise our future. And that's why from Day One, I've made the tough but necessary choices to put our city back on track.

• Implementing a tough new ethics policy and setting higher expectations for my administration.

• Making leadership changes to improve our public safety departments and to reduce crime in our neighborhoods.

• Addressing our budget crisis and the need to right-size city government with a data-driven and long-term big picture approach.

But this is just the beginning. Many more difficult decisions lie ahead. And at a time when we will be asking our citizens for sacrifice, it is incumbent on us to lead by example.

Change starts at the top. That's why my appointees were the first city employees to take the 10 percent salary cut through furlough days. This is an important contribution to help get our fiscal house in order.

City Council will also need to share in this sacrifice. We all work for the citizens of Detroit, and they deserve to know that we are spending every dollar to their greatest benefit.

And one of our most important challenges will be restoring trust in city government. Detroiters have been through a difficult time, and their confidence in government has been understandably shaken. But I believe we are on the path to regaining that trust with a transparent and open approach to governing. The public has a right to know what we're doing and why we're doing it.

We must also repair the image and perception of Detroit. By changing the way we do our business, by improving our tone and by sharing in the progress I know we will make, we will be better positioned to attract the investment and jobs we need.

I come from a team background and understand that I cannot do this job alone.

The Mayor's Office, City Council, businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community leaders, neighborhood block clubs and residents -- we need your collective knowledge, resources and passion for Detroit to be part of the solution.

I wouldn't be here without the support of many of the people here today, and I want to take this opportunity to thank them, especially my family. And I want to call upon all those who have yet to join us in this new era of cooperation. Change is never easy. But no matter our differences, we must always remember we're working toward the same goal of building a better future for Detroit and Detroiters.

By coming together and working together we can make Detroit the city we all want it to be.

Thank you.

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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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