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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.

How Detroit Became My Sexy City

In a 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated, Mitch Albom explained why he loves Detroit. He wrote: “Maybe because when our kids finish college and take that first job in some sexy faraway city and a year later we see them back home and we ask what happened, they say, ‘I missed my friends and family.' ” That's exactly what I did – although Chicago wasn't that far away, just sexy. After graduating from the University of Michigan, I craved a big city. Chicago was the closest with opportunities for journalism. Or so I thought.

I found a job rich in writing at HR Solutions, Inc., a management consulting firm downtown. One year into it, my family called. They said my older brother fell thirty feet out of a tree and was in a coma. The doctors said he would die. I rushed home, panicked. My brother survived. But, doctors warned he'd be unstable for at least a year and need company 24/7. My parents, who own 6 small businesses, rotated taking off work every other day. I hated being away. (More on Time.com: See 10 things to do in Detroit)

HR Solutions' CEO Kevin Sheridan understood my struggle. He said we'd find a way for me to work remotely and supported my move to Michigan. In my eyes, all significant journalistic opportunities disappeared as the U-Haul headed east. I cried the whole way back to Michigan.

Then, I found out about Assignment Detroit. I've always been attracted to places in need, and that's all I thought Detroit was. And to be able to write about it? It seemed perfect. Plus, I thought maybe somehow, if I could be involved I could find a way to help Detroit.

I learned from the Assignment Detroit blog that blogger Karen Dybis went to the University of Michigan. I found her email address and sent a note. “Could you please let me know if there is room in any area of your team for another member?” I asked, making sure to add a “Go Blue,” to show I hadn't lost that school spirit. I never expected a response. (More on Time.com: Read why Time Inc. is in Motown)

Eighteen hours later the chief of the project called. Assignment Detroit needed a part-time house manager and event planner. Three days later, I had the job. Five months later, I added reporting and blog management to my responsibilities. Assignment Detroit became a full-time job. I spent the first six months repeating, “Thank you, God” over and over on my 40-minute commutes to work. People stared at me at red lights. I smiled back, lips still moving.

Previously, I thought only those sexy, faraway cities could offer journalistic opportunities. Detroit gave me the best experience of my life. I worked alongside, and learned from, editors of FORTUNE, TIME and PEOPLE. I met more of Time Inc.'s executives, journalists and photographers than I can count, and I got one-on-one time with each of them. I learned how to manage a Web site, better my writing, report via video, edit video, produce photos, plan events and change a furnace filter. I worked on a story with the founding editor of PEOPLE. I shook hands with the Mayor. I met Aretha Franklin. Twice. I couldn't have met all of these people, or gained this experience, in one year working anywhere else – even Time Inc.'s offices in New York. (More on Time.com: See "10 Questions with Aretha Franklin")

I also learned Detroit. To my initial shock, there's more to the city than Greek Town and sports events. To my further initial shock, people actually live here. And they love it! I was charmed by King Books and found a second home in West Village. I discovered inspiration on Puritan Street and bought a “Detroit Lover” t-shirt from Avalon. I emerged as someone who argues with anyone I hear bashing Detroit and tries to free every month's first Thursday for Moth StorySLAMS. I became obsessed with Roast's brussels sprouts. Importantly, I realized that my hopes of “helping” Detroit were a bit backwards - Detroit gave me more help in this last year than I could have ever given it. And for that – all of the skills, knowledge and inspiration I gained through Assignment Detroit – I dub the city of Detroit my sexy city.

Although I'm heartbroken that the project must end, I know my sexy city will always be around. And I'm sure I'll visit – to hinder withdrawals. So any of you Detroiters who notice a car creeping by the old Time house occasionally, please don't be alarmed.

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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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