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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.

A City Ripe for Innovation

After a long week – and some carpel-tunnel pain – I bring you some links of interest. Detroit is ripping it up again, getting some great virtual and real ink.

* Inc. magazine gives us “5 Reasons to Start a Business in Detroit.” Mayor Bing was so happy about this article he linked to it on Facebook. Read all the details here. A highlight:

With tons of open space, inexpensive rent, and legions of talented workers, the city was – and is – ripe for the kind of fresh and innovative thinking that drives new business.

* The San Francisco Business Times gives a nice shout-out to Detroit and Michigan in this piece about how we are ever so innovative. It seems we could give California a run for its money in terms of business opportunities. We may not have the sun, but we have some good incentives and a few starlets (see the following link!)

* Erin Cummings, one of the actors on “Detroit 1-8-7” gushes about her new job on Sirius radio. Check out her hotness here.

* This is an oldie, but a goodie. From the Huffington Post comes former Michiganian Wendy N. Powell on her takes for the state's future.

If you need some ideas on what to do this weekend:

* The Detroit Waldorf school invites you to a wonderful weekend of films to raise awareness on key issues concerning childhood, the environment, our food systems and Detroit. Films will be shown tonight and Saturday. They are showing “Play Again” and “Race to Nowhere”; both are related to how we can create healthy environments for children – at home and at school. More importantly, you can see “Grown in Detroit” by the amazing Manfred and Mascha. Attendees aged 18 and older, please. Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door (per day).

* Get prepared for the see-and-be-seen event of the year: Fashion in Detroit returns Oct. 22 and 23.

* SAFE (Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment) is holding its annual “Health and Wealth” expo on Oct. 23. Get over there and learn something.

* Stop reading the blog. If you're in Metro Detroit, get outside. The weekend is going to be glorious. As if you need a reason to go check out Detroit's waterfront…But just in case you want some inspiration, check out these YouTube videos I stumbled across.

Oh, yeah…Go Blue!

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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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