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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Violence Already Marring Detroit School Year

Guess I don't have a whole lot to say about yesterday's shooting near Detroit Mumford High School, except it was a horrific coda to a rough start to the school year in the Detroit Public Schools.

But I do wonder: How many more students are going to get shot before DPS administrators and the Detroit Police Department do more to ensure safe passage for these children? In the past few years, there has been a young man — Christopher Walker — killed outside Henry Ford High, children the shot at the bus stop near Cody and students hit by gunfire not far from Southeastern, Denby and Pershing. (More on Time.com: See pictures of crime in Middle America)

And these are just the shootings. Who knows how many additional stabbings, assaults and robberies there've been as our kids have made their ways home?

I think Robert Bobb did a disservice by not paying more attention to early warnings from community leaders about the dangers of lumping so many children from rival neighborhoods into the same schools (though, to his credit, he seemed to have gotten the message when he decided against closing Kettering High and sending its students to rival neighborhoods around King and Southeastern). And I wonder how much the problems are eased by the presence of a new security company, Securitas, whose officers had only about a week of training before taking on the problems in Detroit high schools. (More on Time.com: Read "Can Robert Bobb Fix Detroit's Public Schools?")

But with the school year off to such a tragic start, it's clear that more needs to be done to tamp down on the neighborhood conflicts that find their way into our schools. Perhaps this means a larger police presence in the backstreets after the final bell. Maybe this means stepped-up community policing on our blocks (not to be confused, of course, with indiscriminate Gang Squad strikes against entire neighborhoods).

Yeah, it's embarrassing when our administrators can't get Detroit schoolchildren to class on time on the first day. But we'll live. I don't think it's asking too much to be able to say the same thing for our children when they're on their way back home after the final bell.

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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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