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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Grosse Pointe's "What up doe dog?" problem

I go to one of the top independent schools in Michigan, University Liggett School. My school is predominantly white and is in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe, which is a predominantly white town. I am black and see some things in this town, and in my school, which show that society is still dealing with racism and classism. I'm not one of those people who goes around looking for problems to complain about; but I'm not one that just sits there and ignores them, either.

I came to Liggett from Detroit schools four years ago and being the “minority” has been a new experience—and not always an easy one.  For example, because I am black, it is assumed that I am on scholarship, because I guess some people think that blacks aren't able to afford a school like Liggett. I am, in fact, on scholarship; but a lot of other blacks that attend my school pay full tuition, and are not struggling to do so.

The fact that I am on scholarship does not mean I am poor, which is another thing a lot of people assume. I have enough money to get what I need and want but, no, I don't have the money to pay more than $19,000 a year for my education. Personally I don't think that being on scholarship is a bad thing at all. A lot of people are ashamed to say that they are on scholarship. Not me.

People also assume that, since I am black, it is OK to walk up and greet me with, “what up doe dog?” I know that I have never used that phrase in my life. I simply respond to those people with “hey,” because it doesn't take all of that just to say hi to me.

People say that it's just ignorance that leads people to do and say these things, but I know for a fact that half the people who make these remarks are not ignorant of what they are really doing and saying. People like to use the excuse that some people are not used to being around black people, so they don't really know how to act. Well, I grew up in the City of Detroit and attended Detroit Public Schools for 11 years, with just one white student attending my middle school. I didn't make rude and insensitive comments to that person and then excuse myself by saying I'm ignorant to white sensitivities.

In any case, the ones who really feel uncomfortable in any school are the minorities, and we can all make them feel better by not making assumptions and getting to know them as individuals.

Damiana Sorrell, a senior at University Liggett School, is part of the "TIME 11", a group of Detroit area high-school students working with Assignment 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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