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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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On Paczki Day, Everyone is Polish

It's Fat Tuesday, and that means one thing to Metro Detroiters: Paczki.

As a proud Polish girl, I cannot wait to sink my teeth into these caloric treats that make plain donuts look downright wimpy. And they are a part of living in the D that no Michigan resident or visitor should miss.

Literally, people plan their day around the paczki. It is like St. Patrick's day – only I prefer to get drunk on raspberry filling, thank you very much. There are major pilgrimages to Hamtramck, which still has a large Polish population and great bakeries. In reality, you can buy paczki anywhere, including chain grocery stores. But nothing tastes as good as a lemon-filled dream from the New Polka Bakery.

“Hamtramck continues to contend with a struggling automotive industry, but our annual Paczki Day festivities remind us that the simple things -- a community united in spirit -- can mean the world,” said Eve Doster Knepp, Events Coordinator for the City of Hamtramck.

Don't believe me about New Polka? Hour Detroit agrees with me. Their taste-testers describe the bakery's treats as “dense and fluffy at once.”

For those who want amazing pie and a paczki-like experience, Michigan's own Achatz Handmade Pie Company is unveiling a special new pie just for Fat Tuesday. The Paczki-patterned pie features a crispy sugar glazed pastry shell filled with vanilla cream and topped with their Michigan 4-berry Pie fruit. It will be featured at all six locations and is only available through Feb. 16.

To help you understand the paczki phenomenon, check out some blogs and Web sites I've gathered for your dining enjoyment. I highly recommend my fellow Polish Princess, Detroit Moxie. She outlines the history, the tradition and the glory that is Fat Tuesday for us good Catholics.

Growing up Polish can be difficult, you must endure countless Polish jokes and nobody can pronounce your last name. As I got older I embraced my heritage and am proud to be 100% Polish. I even miss my maiden name, which I always had to spell. On Paczki Day everyone is Polish. Na zdrowie!

By the way, most of the bars, restaurants and cool places to visit in Ham-Town are hosting special events to honor the Great Donut. There are paczki-eating contests. Polish food will be served to those brave enough to try their first bowl of czarnina (don't ask what's in it; just try it. If you're weak of heart, maybe the dill-pickle soup is more your speed). Polka Floyd, the Keilbasa Kings and the Polish Muslims are performing. Check it.

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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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