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.

Ladies Who Lunch -- And Get Things Done

A few months ago, the women behind “I'm a Believer,” the campaign to promote volunteerism in Detroit, got a big push with major media coverage. We even debated the idea here on the Blog.

Since then, we haven't heard a lot. So it was good to get an update from the organizers Wednesday as part of the COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter) “Detroit's 100 Leading Ladies Luncheon,” a networking and social event at the Gem Theater in Detroit.

Here's the latest: The Web site is up. Mayor Dave Bing is behind the campaign. Fund-raising efforts are progressing (but a lot more is desperately needed). Ads are close to being produced. And volunteer opportunities will be organized and ready for filling by the end of this month.

Paige Curtis, one of the city's Leading Ladies, gave the update, noting: “It's our feeling there really is a pent-up desire to help Detroit. (The greater community) may not have a lot of money, but we do have the manpower.”

Curtis also added: “It's not OK to dump on Detroit anymore, or to ignore the city's problems. … If we all do something, we can do anything.” The latter phrase is the cornerstone of the “I'm a Believer” campaign.

One of the campaign's goals is to raise an army of volunteers – people who can help in the schools, in neighborhoods and anywhere else the city needs them. If everyone in the city – and the suburbs – volunteers, then the city has a fighting chance, Curtis said. And those who don't volunteer? Well, it's time to find out who really has Detroit's best interests…and those who just don't give a damn. And there are far too many of those folks all around.

Sidebar: I've noticed in conversations lately that some suburbanites really don't care what happens in Detroit -- they feel like the city has gotten enough money, wasted enough opportunity, failed too many times. All this may be true. But I say it is never right to just walk away from something that was so beautiful and still has potential.

Some background on the event: The event also included comments from Yvette Bing, first lady of the city of Detroit, Monica Gayle, news anchor at the local Fox affiliate, and Cheryl P. Johnson, head of COTS. I was proud to be invited to attend, and it was great to meet some wonderful women and say hello to some old friends.

Johnson reminded the ladies that taking care of themselves also means taking care of the city; that what they do everyday affects the health and welfare of the whole community. She also encouraged all in attendance – and elsewhere! – to remember who COTS help: Everyday people in everyday jeopardy.

“We are in a crisis,” Johnson said, adding that COTS has aided more than 400 families in finding permanent housing so far this year.

Bing, the event's honorary chair, talked about the mayor's decision to move back into the Manoogian Mansion – something we also dissected here. She said the “First Couple” felt the mansion was “a great asset to the city” and she and Mayor Bing wanted “to keep the tradition going.” She also noted that they have had their first wild party – a fundraiser for the Detroit Institute of Arts. Now, that's a lot better than some Kwame-fest.

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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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