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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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Mentees Share Experiences at Steve Harvey Camp

Our colleagues at Essence.com just wrote a story on the experiences of two young men at Steve Harvey's second annual Mentoring Weekend. Among them was one 18-year-old Detroiter.

Here's an excerpt:

Steve Harvey is giving back and helping young men rethink their future. The comedian and relationships expert hosted his second annual Mentoring Weekend at his Dallas ranch on Father's Day. Two young African-American boys who participated in the inspiring program shared their experiences with ESSENCE.com.

Dalonte Hall, 18, knew he needed a change in his life so he was optimistic when he hopped on a bus from Detroit to Dallas to attend Steve Harvey's 2nd annual mentoring weekend. Hall was looking for hope after witnessing his father's killing, his mother's death and trying to turn his young life around after spending a year in jail for drug possession. Hall says the weekend was one of the best choices he's ever made. He explains:

On his personal life
"My mother died from cancer when I was three. It was hard seeing her on her death bed as a vegetable. My dad was not really there in my life. He was a big-time drug dealer in Detroit. He would come home to put food on the table and clothes on me and my brother's back. When I was 13, he was killed in front of me. That broke my whole family apart. My grandmother Connie, God bless her soul, she tried to do the best she could. She took custody of me and my brother. We did not have much money so we had to do what we had to do."

On what Steve Harvey shared with him
"Steve told me about the importance of having a friend in my life. He also advised other guys to get someone that they can talk to because life is hard without a friend. It makes sense too because I know boys who don't like talking to their moms about certain things. You know, some stuff you gotta tell a man."

Read the full story here.

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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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