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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.

Designing a Better Detroit

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Detroit is beautiful.

And you know who backs me up? The architects who live and work here. They are the ones who will create or renovate the homes, apartments, buildings and skyscrapers that will restructure this city – literally and figuratively.

Architects know cities. They know how to build them. They know much more than any politician (or armchair politicians) ever could. Quite frequently, they're well versed in urban planning, and you typically don't study one without the other. Frankly, they are visionaries. And we need them to care about what happens to Detroit.

Thankfully, many of them do.

“We see the opportunities where other people see decades of problems,” said Glen S. LeRoy, dean of the Lawrence Tech College of Architecture and Design, which is based in Southfield but does many projects in the city. “Detroit is ideally positioned if we just seize the moment to be one of the great cities of the 21st Century.”

Our conversation took place during one of the Detroit-based American Institute of Architects “fireside chats.” This series was implemented by AIA Detroit President Raymond Cekauskas of Harley Ellis Devereaux to provide members with the opportunity to “engage community and other influential leaders on their thoughts on revitalizing the city.”

LeRoy and other AIA members agree: the city has an abundance of attributes (if only we and the rest of the nation could see them):

• The state has immense access to water for both business and pleasure.
• It is a relatively temperate climate.
• Detroit has the infrastructure to double its size quickly and easily.
• Many of the area's most spectacular buildings were never torn down; rather, some have been preserved in hopes of renovating them when the time right.

“I think architects need to take a leadership role” in making those attributes work for us,” said Alan H. Cobb, senior vice president/director of Design, Architecture & Sustainability for the Albert Kahn family of companies.

Because Detroit is less developed than Chicago, New York or other large metropolitan city, it presents architects with great opportunities. There are endless areas of potential. The whole city practically is a project in the making. And there is a community that wants to be more connected than ever before.

“We have treasures here that are envied elsewhere,” said Cobb, who also is the current AIA-MI president.

LeRoy wants the region to grab onto something significant – perhaps declare ourselves as the country's most sustainable city – and then the architecture could grow up around that. Then, ideas like urban agriculture could thrive. A land-holding strategy could gain traction. We would have something substantial to hold onto going forward.

“With Detroit, you can't take a short view. It's going to take decades of development,” LeRoy said.

There are small heroes across the region willing to make it happen, noted Joongsub Kim, an associate professor for Lawrence Tech and coordinator of The Detroit Studio project in the city. Neighborhood groups are taking over land. They are mobilizing their limited resources in the right direction. And they want the so-called experts, intelligentsia or whoever will listen to help them envision the Detroit of their dreams.

These smaller projects – rather than former Detroit Mayor Colman Young's big visions like the Renaissance Center – is what will make Detroit's growth more real, said Mark Nickita, president of Archive DS, Detroit-based architects and urbanists. Small businesses are the heart of it all, especially in the much promoted Midtown area.

One benefit is that Detroit draws some talented young architects, AIA members agreed. In fact, many seek out Detroit-based firms mainly because they want to be downtown or near the city center, Mark said. They are the anti-suburbs generation – the ones who want to be a part of Detroit's future. This is part of the hoped for “creative class” that some believe will bring Detroit back.

“(Detroit) is an attractive place because you can make a difference. You can see the opportunities to have an impact,” added Tracy Petrella, an up-and-coming architect at Fanning Howey, an architecture and engineering firm in Novi. “There's such a concentration of creative energy in Detroit.”

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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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