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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Outta Here

As you all know, today marks the final day of the Assignment Detroit Blog. And while I can hardly believe an entire year has flown by since we started, I know that, as a writer, reporter and Detroiter, I'm richer for the experience. For that, I say, to both TIME and to everyone of you who took a moment to read us here, thank you so very much.

Having spent a lifetime in Detroit, I realize how it easy it can be to think that, as a native, you know everything worth knowing about a place, to believe that it's you who'll do the bulk of the teaching and others who'll spend the majority of the time learning. (More on Time.com: See “A Day in the Life of Detroit Mayor Bing")

But a year on a project like this has a way of humbling you, of reminding you of just how much you don't know and how much more you need to learn. So thank you, everyone, for the profound and lasting lessons. From the primers on geography and history to the incisive discussions about politics and economics. Thank you for schooling me and so many others on where Detroit has been, where we sit now and, more critically, where we're headed in the future.

Thank you for the frank and often raw discussions about race and class, right and left, new and old, right and wrong. Thank you for cheering me when you thought I was right and for sharing counterpoints when you thought I was wrong.

They weren't always polite, these conversations we sparked. Sometimes, insults were hurled. On occasion, names were called. But at the end of it, I also sincerely believe that some great ideas were exchanged, that folks who might never have a chance to share with one another found a place where they could all weigh in equally to express their passions about Detroit. (More on Time.com: Read why Time Inc. is in Motown)

Yeah, we carped. We argued. But most importantly, we talked. We shared. And in the end, I believe, our exchanges were the better for it.

Thanks most of all, though, for just being here for the experience. Thanks for showing the nation and world that Detroit is still standing, still breathing, still fighting, still caring. The city that put America on wheels may be dented and worn in spots — but dammit, we're still rolling.

And TIME blog or no, we won't stop until our great American city is back where it's supposed to be.

Love, peace and hair grease, y'all.

P.S. — For those who care, I'll still be stirring up trouble in the blogosphere. After a break to recharge my batteries, I'll be "taking my talents" over to Mlive.com/Detroit, where I'll be joining folks like my man Jeff Wattrick (the artist formerly known as Woodward's Friend, for all you Dyspathy fans). I'll start either Nov. 15 or Nov. 22, depending on just how much of a charge my batteries need. Keep an eye out. I hope to see all of our regulars over there. And bring a friend.

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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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 MIT Student Creates Connect Four Playing Robot for Course Final - TIME
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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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