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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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Much of the talk in Detroit, lately, has centered on how to save a city enduring some of the most extreme effects of the economic crisis. One interesting part of that conversation is a plan to basically shrink Detroit, a sprawling city of some 140 square miles built for nearly 2 million people (officials expect the U.S. Census to show a city of barely 800,000). The details are being shaped. But it will mean demolishing thousands of abandoned buildings and somehow encouraging – or, some fear, forcing – residents of Detroit's many sparsely populated blocks to move to more viable neighborhoods, especially near the city's center. Vast stretches of Detroit may become farmland.

Meanwhile, there's a series of proposals to reform education -- one of the keys to Detroit's potential revival. One plan would close dozens of aging public schools and open several new campuses, in partnership with local universities. Then, an unusual coalition of philanthropic, business and political leaders has pledged to recruit top principals and teachers from across the country to work in Detroit's best-performing schools – potentially creating a robust marketplace of public, charter and independent schools that could attract the middle-class families this city desperately needs.

There are so many overlapping plans, proposals and declarations, it's tempting to become exhausted and skeptical about how much of it is simply boosterism. But the efforts, in total, signal that Detroit is at a crucial moment. And there is one key risk: too much short-term thinking about what it will take to revive Detroit.

Shortly after arriving in Detroit, I asked the mayor, Dave Bing, to outline his vision for what Detroit will look like in a generation. He told me: “We can't think long-term right now, because the immediate problem we're dealing with is a shortage of cash.” If Detroit doesn't resolve a budget deficit of at least $300 million, he continued, “Someone else will come in here and try to make those decisions for the city.” He has a point.

It's foolish to think of Detroit's future in terms of a single year, or decade. Detroit is in a position to become a model for what an American city should look like in 50 years, and beyond. In thinking about how to make Detroit – and, certainly, other cities – work in the so-called new economy, we must constantly ask: Who's ultimately leading the turnaround, and what do their plans mean for current average citizens?

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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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