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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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Making a Statement About Detroit (and Fashion)

Ever had this reaction? It's the one where you're walking through an airport and you feel buzzed because you notice another traveler is wearing “Detroit” somewhere on their person.

When it happens to Aaron Singer or Robbie Biederman, they tend to get a little crazy. The New York residents are childhood friends who grew up in West Bloomfield together. So any taste of the Motor City is much appreciated. Robbie even admits if he were a dog, his tail would start wagging at the sight.

That is one of the reasons the two 28 year olds, who describe themselves as ex-pats, started “Mighty Detroit” last year. The clothing company is a labor of love in a multitude of ways…not only does it keep them in touch with their Midwestern roots, it gives them the funding to ensure those roots are nourished. (A portion of the proceeds from Mighty Detroit togs goes toward The Greening of Detroit and other locally based charities.)

Dress your friends in cool styles, make a little dough and spread the wealth among Detroit's best non-profit organizations? Sounds like a win-win to me.

The key to that airport story is that Robbie and Aaron quickly realized that there are a lot of people in their age range – think 20somethings – who are proud to say they come from Detroit or its environs. Yes, there is plenty of other “Detroit” brands out there, but this one would have Robbie's keen eye for design behind it. (A third partner, T.J. Ferrara, takes care of the online selling stuff.)

There's the Boston Avenue shirt. It has a Vernors-inspired label as the backdrop and the front reads, “Made with Old-School Flavor.” The back reminds the world we're “Cooler than Boston.” It's mostly a play on the old Boston cooler drink (mix Vernors with ice cream and enjoy!) but it also is a statement of Detroit pride, Aaron said.

Another classic is the Army street shirt. It has the city's skyline with a small tank rolling across the front. Its chest boasts, “Arsenal of Democracy” as well as Detroit's motto of “It will rise from the ashes.” The shirt is a historian's dream – a reminder of Detroit's participation in World War II and that without our help, many of us Americans would be speaking German right about now…

New designs will be rolled out on a regular basis – including this sweet new one I just noticed on the Web site with that well-known Detroit hockey octopus (eight arms, eight games to the championship. They still throw the octo out there now and again at the Joe.)

“They're our shirts, we're connected to them. They represent Detroit,” Robbie said. They're supposed to be fashion-forward yet clever enough for a more modern generation.

Most shirts, hoodies and the like feature the brand's signature: an engine with two crossed wrenches on it. They also have the company's slogan: “Warriors of the Working Class.” That's a tribute to the more mature generation: the line workers, the designers, the engineers who created the automobiles, parts and services that put the city in the national consciousness. But it's also about Detroit workers everywhere -- those hard-core individuals who keep plowing ahead despite everyday adversity.

Hey, I'd rather have people think of me as a hard worker than ask me, “Hey, you're from Detroit…Do you carry a gun?” Yes, that happens when someone finds out you're from here. Not cool, especially in the above referenced airport location. But I digress.

When Robbie and Aaron were first friends back in West Bloomfield, they pinkie-swore they would become architects and open a firm together. Well, Robbie ended up an assistant art director for an entertainment company, and Aaron is an attorney. “We would have made a lot of bad buildings,” Aaron said.

But they make some great T-shirts.

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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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