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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Q&A: Finding Fashion in Detroit

Forget Halloween for a while…get out your best and get to Detroit.

This weekend, Fashion In Detroit promises to put the “right” kind of spotlight on the region, its designers and its devotion to design. It runs Friday and Saturday at MotorCity Casino Hotel with 12 high-end runway shows, celebrities along the catwalk and some good deeds. (More on Time.com: See 10 things to do in Detroit)

Here's the skinny from Joe Yamin and Leslie Ann Pilling, two FID Committee members who will be running the festivities.

Background: The event was co-created by Project Runway's Joe Faris, along with Karen Buscemi, K'Kio Hardin, Lians Jadan and Leslie Ann Pilling to put a fashion spotlight on Michigan and create a venue that fills the needs of many locally based designers and the Michigan fashion community.

The two-day event will include runway shows by a collection of local and national designers, designer trunk shows, "Cheers Michigan" product displays, a VIP private reception and an Afterglow bash. Each day's admission ticket includes six fashion shows, gift bags, a souvenir guidebook/lookbook and eligibility for high-end giveaways. Fashion In Detroit will feature top models showcasing the best designs of Spring/Summer 2011. The spacious seating arrangements allow room for 700 buyers, fashion industry insiders, VIP guests and fashion lovers each day. (a portion of the proceeds go to Forgotten Harvest.) (More on Time.com: See pictures of the remains of Detroit)

The finale show, Motor City Denim Co. from Project Runway's Joe Faris, will include local and national celebrities including Christy McDonald and Erin Nicole from WXYZ Channel 7, Lauren Podell from WDIV Channel 4, singer Karen Newman, rapper Hush and Detroit 187 stars Erin Cummings and Jon Michael Hill.

Q: Does Detroit (Metro area) have a particular style? Could you describe it or how various cities style themselves?

Yamin: Detroit has its own style and it is best described as ‘rebellious' but under the radar.

Pilling: Detroit fashion is edgy, couture, street style with an overall industrial sophistication with a modern edge. (More on Time.com: See TIME's special report "The Committee To Save Detroit")

Q:  What should people outside of Michigan know about our fashion consciousness?

Yamin: Non-Detroiters need to know that Detroit Fashion creates its own style and is not afraid to step away from the national script.

Pilling: People outside of Michigan should know that we are interested in the global trends and look for the insight of designers both historically renowned as well as designers with up and coming designs.

Q: What makes our local designers stand out?

Yamin: Our local designers stand out because they create functional fashion whose design is not dictated by a national template or a desire to fit into a particular category or to satisfy a particular agenda but, on the other hand, their unique designs are functional, innovative and have a look that makes an impression. (More on Time.com: Read a postcard of how philanthropy is remaking Detroit)

Pilling: Local Michigan designers stand out because there is such a tremendous amount of talented and creative people in this area.

Q: What makes your event stand out?

Yamin: The FID event, like our fashion designers, puts to rest the concept that fashion history cannot be made in Detroit. This is the event that did when the main stream thinking was ‘Not in Detroit.'

Pilling: Fashion In Detroit gained international attention in 2009 due to the fact that it was presented as a high end showcase for designers when the state of Michigan had a great deal of economic challenges and this was offered up a positive event to participate in. Fashion In Detroit 2010 stands out from last year because we have added the opportunity for designers to participate in a trunk after each days fashion shows. We also give opportunities for Michigan companies and schools to showcase themselves and/or their products in a space called Cheers MI where guests can receive complimentary samples and information. Finally we very much like to showcase new talent and that's why we offer the Design Competition every year for up and coming designers to apply to. The winner of the Design Competition is offered a spot at the next show to feature an entire collection on the Runway and cross paths with the likes of some big name national designers. (More on Time.com: See a TIME special on how Detroit lost its way)

Q: If you could design the perfect outfit for one major Detroit-area celebrity -- who would it be and what would he/she be wearing?

Yamin: One celebrity: Joe Yamin in a tuxedo

Pilling: Tim Allen in a William Malcolm suit! "Arrrggggggg"

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 Arduboy Business Card Plays Tetris, Might Be for Sale - TIME
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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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