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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Hard Luck on the East Side

Michigan is known for its Faygo, Vernors and many, many amazing locally produced beers (personal favorite: Bells.)

Now, we've got some harder stuff. In the spirit of the weekend…and in the spirit of spirits…I present you with a Friday-inspired Q&A with Chris George, Vice President of Hard Luck Candy. This Michigan-based company produces 70-proof, candy-flavored vodka. Hello, nurse.

Besides that, George and his co-founders are supporting Michigan vendors with this new enterprise. They are supporting the bottlers. And they are keeping their fingers crossed for all of the Metro Detroit to find similarly enterprising ideas.

Soak it up, Dear Readers.

Q: How did you come up with the idea of putting candy in vodka?

A: Hard Luck Candy Flavored Vodka was born at the Hard Luck Lounge in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. It originated as a special candy-flavored infused vodka and was so successful at the bar, founders Mike Mouyianis, Rob Nicholl and I thought it should be available everywhere. After two years in development, Hard Luck Candy Flavored Vodka has now launched its Red Fish and Root Beer Barrel flavors with plans for other flavors which are currently in development.

Q: How did a bar in Grosse Pointe get so hard core? Don't you all drink white wine over on the East side?

A: The East side is more diverse than most people know. There is the snobby preppy reputation that many associate with the Grosse Pointes, and although you can certainly find those people, there is a lot more here. Our wives have created an atmosphere at the Hard Luck Lounge that has no pretention or stuffiness. If you want a white wine, you can drink one in comfort, and if you want a shot of well whiskey and a Pabst you won't feel out of place either. They like to call it a high-class dive. It's clean and comfortable with a nice dark atmosphere and no pretention.

Q: Why did you base your business in Michigan and why use Michigan suppliers?

A: We are Michiganders; we have lived here all of our lives. So as part of our growth strategy, we felt it was important to use vendors close to home and give back to the people that have helped us along the way. Our products are bottled in Temperance, Mich., and we are currently sold in over 150 plus stores across Michigan and another 80 plus Michigan bars as well. Our Web site has a Hard Luck Candy locator which allows you to put in an address and see the locations in that area carrying our products.

Q: What other flavors will you add? Could you get some Faygo in there?

A: We do not currently have any Faygo-related flavors in the works but when you mix the Red Fish with club soda it tastes very similar to Red Pop. We also have a shot recipe that tastes like Rock & Rye ... You mix equal parts Hard Luck Candy Red Fish, ginger ale, cola and a splash of Vanilla vodka.

Q: Enough with the drinking. Onto a more sober note. What makes you hopeful about Detroit/Michigan?

A: Detroit is a city that has seen numerous highs and lows throughout its history and despite the current tough times there are a large number of people that see the possibility for a turn around. There are people with hope for this city. People planting gardens in vacant lots, opening businesses in areas that others see no potential. As long as there is a community with belief in the greatness of this city and people taking action to make it a better place, then we are striving in the right direction.

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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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 MIT Student Creates Connect Four Playing Robot for Course Final - TIME
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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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