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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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Unfiltered: A Suburban Mom on Her Detroit Weekend

Even if most of the communities around Detroit are only minutes away via the freeways, many suburbanites still rarely venture into the city. And that's a crying shame.

Christina B. ventured forth, and she liked what she saw. Yes, she is a soccer mom who lives in a quaint colonial. Yes, she drives a big-old SUV (usually filled with three little boys ages 2, 3 and 6). She is known locally to my mommy friends for her meal-planning blog called "Beyond the Meat and Potatoes." (More on Time.com: See pictures of Detroit's beautiful, horrible decline)

Here's where Ms. B. differs: She and her husband recently spent three days in the D, and she writes here about how it was a wake-up call of how much there is to see and do. Not everything was perfect, but it was perfectly enjoyable. Surprise, surprise to those folks who still think Detroit is all bombed out. It's not true.

But you don't have to take my word for it – read on to hear what this smart blonde has to say, bloggie friends.

A Big Deal in Detroit

By Christina

I have lived in the “burbs” for more than a decade. Although I so-called know Detroit, a relative's wedding was my first opportunity in recent years to take in the city. My husband and I attended the wedding and stayed in a hotel, all in the city proper. The Saturday event turned into a three-day Detroit pilgrimage with my sister, kids and my husband and I all partaking. (More on Time.com: See 10 things to do in Detroit)

The wedding took place in at Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church in Indian Village. The church was beautiful. This unique locale made the wedding feel very vintage. The real attention grabber here was the stained glass. According to the church's Web site:

The windows were designed and crafted expressly in Italy and demonstrate the influence of the artistic craftsmanship from that era. The thirteen original windows were installed in 1913. They have since been restored in the same manner in which they were originally designed.

After the wedding, we all stood together on the church lawn. Drivers upon drivers stopped to admire the scene. Then, neighbors came onto the street to view the festivities. It felt like a real community; a “City within the City.” As a few raindrops started falling, we began to wonder what everyone was looking at. Perhaps they were waiting for the bride to come out, or maybe they were wondering why we were all standing in the rain. Either way, both church and location made us feel almost famous. Everything felt like a big deal. (More on Time.com: See TIME's special report “The Committee To Save Detroit")

After the ceremony, we made drove down to the reception at the Renaissance Center. Let's be honest about the Ren Cen: It is not a gorgeous structure. It is not even that unique. But it IS the skyline of Detroit and the pinnacle of the city.

Before the reception, we had drinks in the Marriott Hotel Bar, which has been renamed the "VOLT” in honor of General Motor's new electric vehicle. Very apropos. They also have a patio for drinks, but we had to take a rain check on that. The inclement weather prevented us from sitting out there, but it looked like the best view in the city.

After the reception, we retreated back to our room at The Marriott. We were on the 58th floor, and the benefit of being that high is the view. Our room had a view of the Detroit River, Windsor Casino and the Ambassador Bridge. I enjoyed the beautifully lit Bridge, and we loved waking up to the Windsor skyline. We watched boats up and down the Detroit River. I have always wanted to stay at the Ren Cen Hotel, so now I can now cross that off my bucket list. (More on Time.com: Listen to a podcast about the Ambassador Bridge)

After a family barbecue on Sunday, my sister, who lives in San Francisco, wanted to go to Pewabic Pottery, another city notable on Monday for souvenirs for friends back home. (As a sidebar, I went three years ago to the Indian Village Home Tour. Most, if not all, of Indian Village homes have loads of Pewabic pottery in there. It is impressive. If you have not been to either Pewabic Pottery or the Home Tour---GO!!)

The final encore was when we went back to Pewabic on Tuesday for Family Day. For $5, the kids painted premade pottery projects -- picture frames, flower pots and theatre masks. They painted them every color you can imagine and loved that they could take their personal art home.

Despite what is said about the “D,” I had a positive experience. Thanks to my cousin's wedding, we did something that I would not have ordinarily done.

Here's my advice: Don't wait for a special occasion. Grab a hotel room and be part of the city for a weekend. You will be surprised at how much there is to do. I had a real feeling of being in and a part of the city.

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 Arduboy Business Card Plays Tetris, Might Be for Sale - TIME
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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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