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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How the Time has Flown...

Did you notice? It's been exactly one year since the blog launched!

Okay, I'll admit it. It turns out it's been one year and three days. For some reason, I thought the blog came about on Sept. 23. Time flies…

What have we learned? What has changed? Did having Time magazine in Detroit mean anything? Does having any media write about Detroit affect the population at all?

We have one more month here – give or take a few days – to tell the story about Detroit's rise, fall, rise, spiral downward, uptick then drop down and (hopefully) rise again. It's been a long story, and there really is no obvious relief in sight.

Here's what I've learned so far.

I love Detroit. This is a city of crazy lovely people doing amazing stuff. I wish I could do half of what some of you are doing every day. I'm impressed.

I'm so happy to be blogging about Detroit. I never blogged before starting this gig (and sometimes, it showed. Sorry about that whole quoting your whole article, Bill Shea. Rookie mistake. And, sorry, Detroit News, for lifting one of your photos once without permission. Another rookie mistake. I appreciate your not suing me to kingdom come.)

Thank you to all of those people who have agreed to interviews or to write blog posts. I'm humbled by your talents and creativity.

Thanks to all the comments you've added to the blog, Dear Readers. Yes, even you GThrasher ;) I read every one of them – believe it. I rush to my computer every few hours just to see if anyone has added their thoughts.

We're about one month away from ending this project – and I don't want it to end. I would do this forever if Time would let me. I think I could post three or four times a day with how much is going on in this city. THERE ARE SO MANY STORIES left to tell. I've blogged almost every day for the past year. I have about 362 blog entries on this "Assignment: Detroit" love fest. And I'm hoping to post even more.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for having me. I'm beyond delighted to have had this experience. I love Detroit, and thank you Time magazine for letting me discover that one day, one blog post at a time.

I leave you with the words that I wrote in my first blog post long ago:

So even if the rest of the world sees our region as a failure, we know better. We know hard work will keep it going. And it will turn around. Just keep watching.

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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

Game on

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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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