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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What Happens After You Become Famous

Here's the price of fame: A whole lot of annoying sales pitches.

Earlier this month, the Grosse Pointe Moms Club was the subject of an article in Time magazine. The story, which focused on how the group supports the frugalista in all of us, was billed as part of Assignment: Detroit (so is this blog). I am a member of said club, and I serve on the board as well.

Not to bring it up again…'cause I really don't want to get into the whole “Why Harper Woods and not Detroit?” debate…(As an aside, it's because Harper Woods is adjacent to the Pointes and Detroit has a variety of moms clubs as well. It's a geographic thing, not a race thing. But I digress.)

But I think the interesting thing is the reaction the magazine article has created. Our club is now being deluged (well, to the tune of about a dozen calls and emails) with people wanting us to SELL something. Or buy their products. Or help us train for a new career…to SELL their stuff.

Is this what happens to anyone who is featured in the mainstream media? Why would anyone – save Paris Hilton, Spencer from “The Hills” and the Octomom – want to do this to themselves?

I'm not going to get all deep again about how much the Club means to me. But it means enough that I find these pitches truly demeaning. Obviously, the article drew a reaction – from salespeople.

But as my favorite radio guy Craig Fahle has been noting, there is a “New Normal” here in Metro Detroit. Most of us, including yours truly and my mommy buddies, have had to learn to do with less. Some have chosen that route (like me). Others have had it thrust upon them by circumstance (like a job layoff). Others just continue to spend…some because they can, some because they like it, some because that is just how they want to live.

So I offer this to all who want the Grosse Pointe Moms Club to “lift ourselves up by the bootstraps” and start an at-home business, schlepping laundry detergent or other cutesy item…Sorry. We might be a little pinched in some areas, but we're not really interested in taking up a few jobs. We all made a financial decision when we started to stay at home. That took some guts in this era of dual-income families. So most of us are okay with a little sacrifice and scrimping.

With this new knowledge of what it means to be a celebrity in the modern era, I'm guessing Detroit doesn't want more publicity just because it doesn't want the pity, the pitches or the disruption. There's a big sign on our collective door, and it says, “No Soliciting.”

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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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