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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One year. One city. Endless opportunities.

Detroit, Fashion and a Flury of Activity

Get ready, Detroit. The next few weeks hold a wealth of meetings, celebrations and sensational opportunities to see and be seen.

This week, there's Detroit Fashion Week (Sept. 19-25). Then it's Detroit Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-Oct. 3). Oh, and there's also Detroit Gallery Week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3). And there are many more “Detroit Works Project” meetings to attend if you want your say on how the city will look now and into the future.

This time around, I got a chance to get the skinny on Fashion Week from Doug Elbinger, noted photographer (think Detroit Free Press and beyond) and unofficial public-relations officer for the event. He hopes people will recognize the event for its positivity, its focus on young entrepreneurs and the opportunity to highlight Detroit as a fashion center.

Q: Can anyone attend this seven – even folks like me that dress like a sloppy teenager?
A: Yes! The whole idea is to get the community into this. Fashion is something that's part of our culture and something everyone engages in whether they know it or not. Fashion is all accoutrements of our society: cars, sports, movies, advertising. They all have a sense of fashion. People consciously design it. There is a burgeoning industry in Detroit.

Q: How did Fashion Week get started?
A: (Internationally known fashion photographer) Brian Heath six years ago got together got together designers, models, stylists and all kind of creative people to create this. They came up with the idea of having a fashion exposition. This is modeled after the New York fashion week. And even in a time of great economic and financial distress, it's thriving. It is almost all volunteers. There is no budget for this but we've had great sponsors. There are salons, restaurants, stores – all kind of creative types that get together to make this happen. Most of the events were sold out last year and we have not raised the prices.

Q: So how does anyone make any money?
A: There is a networking event. This is about business and getting people together. A fashion show is really just a party, a chance to get to know people. I'm going there to network. (Detroit) needed a bright, shining light, and Fashion Week is that. It shows everyone there's life here and there's community involvement. And there is all kinds of diversity in the commitment to this event. It's a bright spot. And we're getting the word out there. We've gotten emails from Europe, South America, all over. They're from different fashion buyers, textile companies, makeup companies.

Q: How could a well-designed dress save Detroit?
A: Every little bit helps in terms of what people can contribute to the economy. This also is about retaining talent – young people tend to leave if they think there's nothing here for them. They think Chicago, NY, LA is where it's happening. But Detroit is a place for trendsetters. When Motown started here, it really drew national attention to Detroit as far as what was this sound coming out. Now, there is this burgeoning fashion industry. There are a lot of different crafts and skills that go into this and it's happening in Detroit. … Michigan really has an incredible workforce in the creative arts. I think people think of Detroit as automobiles only. Really, it's more. It's getting a reputation as a little Hollywood also. The movie industry is here, and we can see it happening. Everything about that industry is fashion and style.

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MetroMode also did a great piece about some of the designers you will see at the week's events. Check it out 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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