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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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That's it. I'm throwing in the towel.

Some days, I just want to give up. Detroit's reputation will never be fixed. People's grim outlook on the city will never change. There is no redeeming such a bedeviled place.

Chatting with a neighbor yesterday, she quoted her husband to me: “He says the rest of the world believes Detroit has no value, no purpose, no right to exist. There is nothing good here in the eyes of everyone else. Any small moves we make toward improvement are ignored in belief that Detroit cannot be changed or saved.”

And, you know, there are times when I kind of believe it, too.

So what do you do about it? Write a blog for a year about how many baby steps Detroit has made over the past 12 months? Nah, I don't recommend it. Because someone will write something else about crime, guns, murder and other hideous facts that will completely turn your comments around and make you look weak, small and misinformed.

Could I start a movement to change even one parcel of land here? Nope. I don't think urban farms will make a big difference until there is a true agenda here – political or personal. And I don't think the city's residents really believe a few crops here or there will make their lives that much better or healthier. Just me talking here.

How about I fix a playground or install some public art? Don't think so. It will get defaced, moved or ignored. Kids will untie the swing, break the slides. Adults will mock the art and belittle my efforts as useless or ineffectual. Nope. Not going there at all.

Perhaps I could volunteer a few hours a week to read to some preschoolers. Some people might think that would affect the lives or one or two children, and they might go on to greatness. Maybe. But I just can't find enough time between my bigotry, pedicures or house shopping to do it.

How about I join a task force? Sign up for a lecture? Run for office? Move into the city? Start a business here? Offer to tear down a broken house or office? Rather not. That means I'd care about Detroit's fate, and I'm better off worrying about the two vacant homes on my street. After all, that affects my property values, and that's more important than what's happening in Detroit.

So you see, I'd had it. Today, I'm not interested in fixing Detroit or even hoping. I'm just going to be one more anonymous commenter, using a fake name to put some misery out there for the rest of the world to read. That will keep me safe and secure. I'm not ready to solve anything. Detroit will be fine, I'm sure of it.

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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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