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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You Know You're in Detroit When...

The city's heat wave is keeping my family and I indoors – whether it is watching too much TV or making endless Lego inventions. So, today, we ended up just driving around with the AC on high.

To that end, I present to you…My favorite Detroit landmarks. Here's my top five. Please add to the list!

Oh, and one more thing I love about Detroit: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Gabriel Richard).

1. The Michigan Central Depot train station. 'Nuff said.

Steve Savich

2. Spirit of Detroit: Love this epic statue by local sculptor Marshall Fredericks. The great man lived and worked here for decades. It's one of many in the area, including the Detroit Zoo fountain with the polar bears and the giant one in front of the Royal Oak library that I passed daily when I lived there. Another favorite is the Lion and the Mouse at Eastland Mall. Find me at a local watering hole, and I'll tell you the story about how the mouse disappeared – and reappeared recently.

Steve Savich

3. Belle Isle fountain: Its true name is the Scott Memorial Fountain. Its white marble, huge diameter and spectacular sprays make this island landmark a gem. It is as glorious as any you will find in Chicago or New York.

4. Joe Louis fist: My friend Jim puts it best. “Supporters laud its symbolism of Detroit's toughness, working class roots and the patriotic iron fist of a Black American Detroit-born hero who fired the first shot against Nazism - elevating his race in the process - when Joe Louis pummeled Max Schmeling in the late 1930s.”

Steve Savich

5. Kern's Clock: When my mom lived downtown back in the day, friends often planned to meet under this famous clock. Proud to say I know the guy who fixed it up (Hey, Malcolm!), and it now resides near Campus Martius and the Compuware headquarters.

Steve Savich

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And I'd be remiss without adding these words from my friend, James. “Not all technically landmarks, but: That point on southbound I-75 north of 94 ramp when church's three steeples (not sure which church) appears in foreground superimposed over the RenCen--and exactly reflecting its outline. View from northbound I-75 over Rouge. Theatre Bizarre. View from the Book-Cadillac. Avalon Bakery cookies, which is kids' favorite alongside Belle Isle playground and conservatory. The Fox. Whichever room my roommate's dog is napping in at the moment. A museum district a relative stone's throw from affordable housing.”

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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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