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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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Speaking of (Jazz) Music...

Two more days...Can you stand it?

To start your (last) Assignment: Detroit weekend...

Moving Jazz (back) into the Main Stream
By Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert

Once upon a time, long ago, Jazz was America's popular music.

Around 1940, Swing was indeed King, and people danced to it, it was functional. Live music was heard in most restaurants, bars and hotels, not to mention the radio – it was everywhere, and young folks embraced it.  Each successive generation anointed their music of choice, and it wasn't jazz.

The music garnered less media attention.   Radio stations moved to pre-recorded sounds and those sounds catered to the current youth market.  Is Jazz still popular? Of course. Will Jazz die? Of course NOT.   Today's jazz audience is smaller, and it's ears, not feet, that get the most exercise.

The Detroit International Jazz Festival aims to bring jazz back to a mass market. The four-day celebration each Labor Day is amazing, and this year a new element debuted:  JazzPlanet tv. Live streaming video from a set located in the festival footprint, or from a roaming camera, featuring impromptu interviews with jazz musicians, commentators, and supporters.

Festival director Terri Pontremoli strongly believes this medium has the ingredients necessary to raise the visibility of jazz and its creators.

“It's jazz variety TV,” she says. “And it's available anywhere the internet is available. “It's also exciting, interesting, and free.”

Live video from jazz festivals isn't new, but it's always from a fixed location, whereas JazzPlanet's camera gives it an advantage.

Will this be enough to spread the jazz gospel to new audiences? It's a good start, and the demographics are intriguing. JazzPlanet has penetrated 167 countries, and most of its audience is in India. Regardless of its audience size, jazz is a world music.

JazzPlanet is playing right now at the festival's website.

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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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