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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Mike Illitch: Sports Caesar?

I tend to be suspicious of billionaire corporate barons, just because mostly...but I have to admit that I have an appreciation for Mike Illitch.

Illitch is the Little Caesars pizza tycoon and Detroit native who has spent a good portion of his fortune turning around downtown Detroit, with specific emphasis on the city's sports teams. He bought the Red Wings in the '80s, back when they were unaffectionately known as the Dead Things, and transformed them into a perennial National Hockey League powerhouse. Along the way, he ushered in the age of "Hockeytown"  (as much a marketing ploy as municipal moniker) that has helped lift not only the Wings but the metro area as a whole. He did pretty much the same thing for the Detroit Tigers, turning what was once the worst team in baseball into a regular contender, this year's slide notwithstanding. Along the way, he also built the gorgeous Comerica Park baseball stadium and changed the nearby Fox Theater from the ratty karate-flick emporium of my youth into the neon-draped anchor of a resurgent entertainment district.

Now, Illitch is seeking to hit the sports-owner trifecta by buying the Detroit Pistons from current owner Karen Davidson and bringing the team back to the city proper to play in an as-yet-to-be-built arena that would also house his hockey team.

You know me: Bad Boys for life, so I'm thrilled at the propsect of the Pistons coming back home to play. And there's little question that having all four teams playing downtown would mean a huge financial boost for the city. (And it also does away with what would be nightmare flipside scenario for the city: The Wings bolting Detroit for Oakland County.)

But I'm also curious about what this could mean in other respects. How would a dual-use stadium be financed and how much of that bill would this struggling town have to foot? And how long would it be before one of the teams sharing the arena starts to complain about wanting its own space? More significantly, what are the implications of one man owning three of a city's four major sports teams? There are certainly bigger issues to be hashed out, but as in cities across the country, pro sports in Detroit is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Illitch already holds a massive amount of sway citywide. Is giving someone a virtual monopoly on Detroit pro sports a good thing, even when the monopolist is a homeboy with an undeniable passion for the city and an admirable willingness to put his deep pockets where his heart is?

And if it somehow is, then can he look into buying the Lions next?

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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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