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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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Sun Setting on Ice House Detroit

Last time I mention it, I promise.

Web post/article onThe Detroit News about the end of the Ice House Detroit project. Part of the reason I mention it is that is it written by Donna Terek, one of the most talented photographers I've had the pleasure to work with over the years.

Highlight:

Asked about the meaning of the project, Holm says it was not so much about the housing crisis, although they did say that numerous times. Holm says that was more the media taking a statement about possible interpretations of the art installation and running with it.

"It's grown into something much more than an reference to the housing crisis in Detroit and beyond," Holm says, "and more about the personal quest that this has become and the community that has grown around it."

"It's more a testament to my persistence," he says. "Me trying to mold Mother Nature." And she hasn't been that cooperative, following ice-friendly cold snaps with balmy days that melted the ice but not their resolve.

Another take on it from fellow photographer and blogger Sweet Juniper about his observations on the art show. Check out his pictures (and blog) as well if you can.

I think it's great that these guys are at least trying to engage the neighborhood and I think it's fantastic that volunteering and charitable activities play a part in their project. I think my own discomfort with it stems from the recognition I have received for documenting this city and whether some it has been at the expense of the people who actually have to live in the neighborhoods I document. I think it's pretty evident that these guys have some of the same discomfort, and they are compensating for it by trying to do more than just leave another stain on our big empty canvas (when they leave).

Here's a highlight of the Ice House guys' blog about their final days on the project:

We will no longer be working our 24 hour shifts, but we are still interested in maintaining the dialogue amongst the citizens of Detroit. The neighborhood in which we decided to do our project is one of the poorest in the nation but after getting to know many of you personally we have been genuinely inspired by your perseverance in the face of systematic disregard and neglect. Thank you for your kind and generous support and for all of the stories you have been so willing to share.

For those of you which have not seen the home thus far, please feel free to view the project at 3920 McClellan st. (just off of Mack). It can be viewed for the next several days until the sun takes it back.

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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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