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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Detroit's Dance: The Jit

Growing up, I was never that great a dancer. I mean, I could get around the floor well enough at house parties, and, when break-dancing became popular, I actually learned enough not to get laughed off of the linoleum. But in Detroit, particularly on the east side, you weren't ever thought of as a great dancer unless you had mastered the one dance we all held dear: The Jit. (h/t to Deanna Dunham for the amazing historical narrative.)

Marked by spins, leaps, and, most importantly, hyperkinetic footwork, the Jit is easily the most popular dance ever to originate in this city, as much a signature of our local urban culture as "stepping" in Chicago, break-dancing in NY and "pop locking" in California. (Chicago also has its own native footwork-oriented dance style, known as "juking," and this has led to some heated debate about which dance form is better. I love the Chi, but I think y'all know where I stand on this one.)

Unlike some of those other dances, though, the Jit is as hot today as it ever was. Sure, you might think that a dance that's nearly 40 years old — and with roots that stretch from 1930s Cab Calloway-style jitterbugging right on through Detroit's deadly 1970s gang wars — would've played out somewhere along the way. But not the Jit. Not in Detroit. From the days when George Clinton and the Parliament laid down P-funk grooves at Detroit's United Sound Studio to the local techno explosion in the '80s and '90s to hip-hop today, the Jit has not only endured, but thrived, its popularity spread around the country and globe by successive generations of fleet-footed ambassadors.

So how to do the Jit? Again, I'm nobody's dancer, so I think it's best if I let one of the city's premiere dance kings (even BET recognized him for his skills) show you. Here then, Brandon "Jitting Jesus" Hobbs, part of Detroit's awesome "Incredibles" dance crew, going hard...

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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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