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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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Even as controversy rages around the nation over the new Arizona immigration law, one of our state legislators has apparently decided to try to drag Michigan into a similar fray.

Rep. Kim Meltzer, R-Clinton Township, said her bill would allow police to request proof of citizenship from people who are stopped and questioned on another offense, such as a traffic violation or selling fraudulent identity documents. Officers would have the authority to arrest people who can't prove their legal status.

I'm not quite sure what to make of this.

Don't get me wrong. I have firm thoughts about the Arizona measure: It's racist, divisive and the worst kind of nativism. I don't see how they need it in Arizona, and we sure as heck don't need a knock-off of it here. That said, the Arizona law is also a reaction to a legitimate issue that has been percolating in that part of the country for years, that is, illegal immigration.

But since when did Clinton Township become a hotbed for undocumented workers? Who's so desperate to flee their native land, to settle in Macomb County, that they're sneaking en masse past security blindspots in the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to get to Clinton Township? How does a proposed bill like this, divorced as it is from any semblance of a real political need of people in this region, do anything but send more dog-whistle calls to knee-jerk reactionaries who want to convince themselves that their half-assed surface judgments deserve to be codified into law? How does this serve even one person who voted for this Kim Meltzer?

I can't see that it does it all. It strikes me as being reflective of phony outrage, just a sad attempt to re-make in Michigan an odious bit of red-herring legislation. Worse, while I question how seriously responsible leaders will take something like this, there's no doubt in my mind that it would be just another tool to marginalize and harass select groups. And when you consider all the very necessary work that our state lawmakers duck and dodge every day, from forging sensible taxation policies to making hard budget choices, proposals like this seem that much more of an obscene waste.

Our problem is not with people tip-toeing across borders and into metro Detroit or Michigan. If Meltzer and these other legislators really want to help, maybe they should worry more about, say, keeping jobs in the state than with keeping people out.

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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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