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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Pistons and Red Wings: Could One of These Teams Be On The Move?

Word is that the wife of the late great Bill Davidson, the man who transformed the Detroit Pistons into a winner, is considering selling the team and the Palace of Auburn Hills where the Pistons play. While this has prompted its own fair share of speculation, the move is earning even more attention in these parts because it's led some to wonder whether the Detroit Red Wings -- who haven't renewed their lease on Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit -- may soon be sharing a stadium with the Pistons. And, some fear, that stadium may not be in Detroit.

Karen Davidson told reporters the team could be sold by itself or as part of a package with Palace Sports and Entertainment, which includes The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival.

The Red Wings chose not to renew their lease, which expires June 30, at Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit and that has fueled theories on where they will play in the future.

In a city and region so often at war with itself, even these early notions that Pistons could leave Auburn Hills or that the Wings could bolt downtown has set some local sports fans on edge and are quickly morphing into quasi-political statements. I've heard some people swear that, should the Pistons move to Detroit, they won't come downtown to games. Likewise, I've heard more than a few hockey fans say that if the Wings leave the city, they risk losing both fan support and the "Hockeytown mystique" that's a big part of what some people think makes them special.

Personally, even though I loved when the Pistons played downtown in the cramped environs of Cobo Hall many moons ago, I also think the Palace is still one of the nicer arenas I've visited. And the Davidsons (who've been great team owners, BTW) own the darn place, so, as this piece calmly points out, the chances of the Pistons leaving are pretty slim.

The worry that Wings could leave, though, seems like a fairly legitimate concern. The Joe, for all of its charm, is old. And the Illitch family, which owns the Red Wings and Tigers, seems to have finally gotten fed up with keeping the team in the fading arena.

Plus, they know, like we all do, that Detroiters don't want -- and most don't think the city can afford -- to lose any of its premiere sports team. (And yes, that does include the Lions.) Just as even the inconsistent Tigers and their consistently awful football counterparts boost business and generate revenue, the Wings and their winning ways have been a huge boon for business downtown, packing sports bars, restaurants and other nightspots with clockwork regularity. The Wings feed more folks than just Henrik Zetterberg, that's for darn sure.

So what would you like to see? I know it's way too early to make predictions, but would the Pistons be better served returning to Detroit (and can the city really afford to lay out the welcome mat for them)? Or is it time for the Red Wings to head, say, north to Oakland County? I know we don't talk sports a lot on the Blog -- to my chagrin -- but this is as much about economics and business in the city and her surrounding counties as it is about point guards and goalies, so I'd really like to hear your take...

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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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 MIT Student Creates Connect Four Playing Robot for Course Final - TIME
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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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