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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Who Controls Detroit's Image?

Whether we like it or not, Detroit is associated with a bunch of negative images: high rates of violence and crime, low household income, poor education systems and a high incidence of drug usage. But the bigger problem is the lack of responsibility that Detroit citizens take for these issues.

I often hear Detroiters make two claims about the news media: the media don't cover a lot of "good" or "positive" news, or the media "control" Detroit's image. Neither claim places any responsibility for Detroit's negative image on the citizens in the city. The best thing Detroit can do is to look at the media coverage of the city, reflect, and see that the only thing blocking us from having a well-known and positive image around the country (and around the world) is our own inability to function appropriately in our own communities.

It should be hard to blame the media for an anti-Detroit bias when there actually is a lot of negative news to be covered here. If you see negative images in the media, it's because we haven't yet addressed the problems that create them: crime, unemployment, bad schools and illegal drug use. It's not that nothing good happens in Detroit, because it does. Unfortunately, there are more negatives to be covered in this city than positive. That's the problem.

Yes, other cities with problems may receive less coverage of these issues than Detroit does … but that is not necessarily good for them. If we've come to the conclusion that the local and national media have put Detroit under a microscope, then let's change our ways to make sure there's plenty of positive moments to report.

No city is perfect, and no one expects that of us, but together we can make sure our image isn't full of problems. Complaining won't change our image. We must change the way we act. You can start in your own community. Do something positive. Then alert the media.

Joshua Jamerson is part of the “TIME 11,” a group of Detroit area high-school students working with Assignment Detroit. In the fall, he will be a senior at Detroit's Renaissance High School.

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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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