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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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A Humble Man, Detroit goes National and More

So, I don't want to brag, but…I'm friends with Mayor Dave Bing.

On Facebook. Wa-wa-waaaaaaaa.

But if you haven't “friended” the Big Guy yet, you may not have checked out the new “Detroit Works Project” Web site he posted the other day. It's downright amazing. It's sooooooooooooooooooo un-Detroit. There is all this information and stories and positivity. It's stylish, authoritative and classy. How is this possible?

It even has this little bit at the end of Bing's statement: “Thank you for your help and your faith in the possibilities of what Detroit can be, for our future – now.” A humble man in the mayor's office? Another first for Detroit!

I like this little gem too from the FAQ secton: “Detroit can't continue to folow the same path and expect different results.” And this one: “Everyone will have a role because Detroit is one of the most important cities, not just in Southeast Michigan, but across the country, because of its history and potential as an economic and cultural center.” Yeah! So there!

Also, I typically run links on Friday, but there was just so much happening to and around the city, I just couldn't wait. Check these out: The New York Times on our artists, The Today Show on our mini-Hollywood and more. Sheesh. You'd think this was some hot city or something.

* The Today Show got into our film industry stuff with a short clip about the incentives. Love the overall piece. But can we stop with the “down on its luck,” “known more for blight than box-office potential” and “remarkably less glitzy” than Vegas descriptors for Detroit? Could we lighten up? Such claptrap. Here's the link, but you can also see the video at the end of this post. Also, Robert Bobb was on "Meet the Press." Here's the review in The Detroit News. Yowza.

* Wednesday's New York Times again went gaga over the artists. Best lines:

As the 25-year-old Kate Daughdrill put it, for her generation Detroit is no city on the skids but “a theater of engagement."

and

“There is too much opportunity here. You can be consumed by it. But it's a malleable city, and you can change and improve it,” said (Design 99 guru) Mitch Cope.

In a related note, Nolan Finley of The Detroit News admits on Sunday he's an old-timer in his views of Detroit…and that a new generation – namely, X and Y types of people – may have a real shot at helping the city get its motor going again. Gotta love the youngsters.

* This is older, but it's still a goodie. The Detroit Free Press had a piece from the guy who started the Michigan Expats Web site. Hey, Joe Petrides, I got a futon you could crash on for a few months if you want to come back here and get something started. Then again, The Detroit News and others reported this week about how affordable living here has become. You could buy a mansion and a yacht!

* My beloved Aaron M. Renn over at Urbanophile takes his stand on Detroit as a brand. I promise to stop calling the city “The D” because of his essay. My favorite bit:

Detroit can be an inspiration like this in a way “the D” never will. Perhaps as much as bean counters, economic developers, hipsters, etc., what Detroit really needs is a good dose of a tent revival preacher, calling the people forth to repentance and onward to greater glory tomorrow. That doesn't come by being almost apologetic and embarrassed about who you are. Rather it comes from standing up tall, and being a true believer in your city and your cause.

N Check out the “Lemonade, Detroit” trailer and tell me what you think.

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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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