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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One year. One city. Endless opportunities.

The End or What I Learned This Year

Today is the last day (for me) of Assignment Detroit. And there is so much to say...and nothing more to say.

So much because Detroit's story still needs to be told. I've written thousands of words, but I've barely said anything. I've told stories, profiled leaders, shared my life. But nothing has truly conveyed what Detroit is -- because we still don't know what's going to happen to this city in decline. (More on Time.com: See pictures of Detroit's beautiful, horrible decline)

Nothing more to say because I've done all I could to explain my little corner of Detroit. You've been with me throughout this journey, so you know the struggles someone has when they live here. It's ups, downs, middles and more. Every day in Detroit starts with potential and ends in reality. That's all we hope for anymore -- just another day.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for writing. I loved the comments, the discussions, the Facebooking, the reTweets! This project would not have been the same without you (especially Bill, Trasher I mean Thrasher...And all of you regulars. You know who you are).

Thank you to everyone who agreed to speak with me for a blog post. Thanks to those who wrote their own! My apologies to those who I talked to and never ended up here -- I blame motherhood, lack of sleep and my own disorganization. I tried my best. Every blog entry was a little piece of me, trying to explain myself and this city. I worked damn hard. I'm so proud of this blog. I think it was a highlight of Assignment Detroit. (More on Time.com: Read why Time Inc. is in Motown)

I had been in semi-retirement after having kids, and getting this blog got me out there again. Detroit is beautiful. The people are beautiful. The city is a wreck in so many ways, but I just don't care.

Here's what I learned over the past 13 months:

* There is a huge number of people who care about Detroit. That matters.

* There are a bunch of haters. They don't matter.

* We are doing the best we can. Even little improvements count.

Oh, and I learned how much I love living here. And that is worth everything.

If you are outside of this area -- Please keep track of Detroit. Keep us in your prayers. Come visit.

If you live here -- Please invest more time, energy, effort, money, interest. If the story of Detroit hasn't fully been told yet, you still have time to add your paragraph, chapter, section, whatever.

Goodbye. I'll miss talking to you. Good luck.

P.S. Forgot to mention...I'll still be blogging about the city over at the Detroit Regional News Hub for their "Unspun" site. Look for me on Fridays...This pro-Detroit place seems like the right fit for me. Hope to see you there!

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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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