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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 Little Night Music in Detroit

Remember the Victorious Secrets? Well, they have a new name, a new gig (which you helped them win!) and a concert tonight. So if you're in the mood to celebrating something other than Halloween, please check it out.

First, they became the American Secrets. They are the freecreditscore.com band (say that five times fast) and they'll be performing as part of the Live Nation Fearless Friends tour. It goes from 5-10 p.m. tonight at St. Andrews Hall at 431 East Congress. (More on Time.com: See 10 things to do in Detroit)

“Our experience representing freecreditscore.com has been amazing so far,” said Band guitarist Mike Mulliniks. “The opportunity to tour and play our songs to a new audience is incredible, and it feels good to help communicate the importance of knowing your credit to people during these tough economic times.”

I pasted the rest of the details and the full tour schedule after the break so you can check it out.

Here's the skinny: The freecreditscore.com Band is the winner of a 2010 summer-long talent search where people nationwide voted online to help determine who would star in Experian's campaign for the new brand, freecreditscore.com. (More on Time.com: See pictures of Detroit's beautiful, horrible decline)

Members of the freecreditscore.com Band include bass player Bryon Rossi, drummer Daniel Rossi, keyboard player Stephen Saputo, and guitarists Daniel Zott and Michael Mulliniks, all of whom have been involved in the Detroit music scene for years and have played in such notable venues as The Fillmore Detroit and Comerica Park.

Here's the schedule:

· Oct. 29: Cleveland, Ohio, at House of Blues

· Oct. 30: Milwaukee, Wis., at The Rave

· Nov. 8: Boise, Idaho, at Knitting Factory

· Nov. 9: Seattle, Wash., at El Corazon

· Nov. 10: Portland, Ore., at Hawthorne Theatre

· Nov. 11: Orangevale, Calif., at The Boardwalk

· Nov. 12: San Francisco, Calif., at The Regency Ballroom

· Nov. 13: Anaheim, Calif., at House of Blues

· Nov. 14: Las Vegas, Nev., at House of Blues

· Nov. 16: San Diego, Calif., at House of Blues

· Nov. 17: Los Angeles, Calif., at House of Blues

· Nov. 18: Mesa, Ariz., at The Nile Theatre

· Nov. 19: Albuquerque, N.M., at Sunshine Theatre

· Nov. 20: Oklahoma City, Okla., at Diamond Ballroom

· Nov. 21: Dallas, Texas, at House of Blues

· Nov. 23: San Antonio, Texas, at The White Rabbit

· Nov. 24: Houston, Texas, at House of Blues

· Nov. 26: Orlando, Fla., at House of Blues

· Nov. 27: St. Petersburg, Fla., at State Theater

· Nov. 28: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at Revolution

 

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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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