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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A Little More Conversation

Wednesday, my reporter's ears did a little eavesdropping on a coffee-house conversation…between two middle-aged, white men about Detroit.

They talked about the Dateline special, the “right-sizing” debate and Mayor Dave Bing. Their comments, largely unguarded, were fascinating to me because it shows how much people are finally paying attention to the issues here.

These Average Joes mixed facts and figures with personal experiences to relate how they felt about what's happening in the city. Yes, they bragged about how their parents were smart to sell their homes shortly after the riots. That is usually where any conversation about Detroit normally stopped.

But this time, the conversation continued.

They too were offended by Dateline's version of Detroit – especially that part about the raccoons. They were strongly in favor of Detroit shutting down abandoned blocks and consolidating city services. They supported Bing; in fact, they boasted that they wanted the mayor to demand people make those tough moves for the betterment of everyone around.

Now, I'm generally in agreement with these men. But I bring up their chat because it reiterates my belief that this region is gearing up for something. If two suburbanites care enough about Detroit to talk about it over their high-priced lattes, then something good is brewing.

In years past, perhaps my entire childhood, it felt like no one talked about Detroit. It wasn't a taboo subject. Indeed, my mother lived in the city for several years after high school and before marriage, so Detroit was often talked about affectionately in my house. Rather, it seemed like few people in my little home towns cared about anything within those 140 square miles – good or bad.

But with the economy tanking, our regional problems have become magnified. Isolationism is no longer an option. Detroit has become that much more of a hot button. Perhaps things had to get to this point to finally make us wake up to the situation that has been there for more than half a century.

Look at our beloved auto industry: General Motors went from riding high to hitting hit the skids via bankruptcy within what seemed like a matter of months. But that reorganization allowed it to shed some of its troubles and, hopefully, get a fresh start. Who knows where Detroit will be a year from now. But the conversation has started.

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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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