Play Tetris on this tiny, Arduboy-powered device

Thanks to this awesome little gadget, you can say goodbye to productivity! 

Tetris is arguably one of, if not, the most popular video games of all-time and has been played on pretty much every platform possible, from the NES to graphing calculators to mobile phones. Now there’s another, and much more productivity killing, way to play the iconic game. Introducing the Tetris MicroCard, a fingertip-friendly device that’s no larger than a business card.


If it looks vaguely familiar, that’s because the aptly name Tetris MicroCard is powered by and shares a resemblance to the wildly popular Arduboy — a wallet-sized 8-bit gaming system for Makers. Once again open source, the tweaked gadget is based on an ATmega32U4 and powered by an internal rechargeable battery that can last for roughly six hours. Like the Arduboy, the Tetris MicroCard features a microUSB port that can be used for refueling as well as for uploading your own open source apps.


Although it comes equipped with an officially licensed version of Tetris, the tiny console is also fully programmable with Arduino — meaning you can add other games if you’d like. The Tetris MicroCard boasts an OLED display with six control buttons positioned on both sides, as well as a speaker with a mute function, which will surely come in handy when playing in a meeting, in your cubicle or even in class.


It should be noted, however, that the vertically-oriented device and its screen were specifically designed for optimal Tetris playing, so some of the codes available may not be ideal for the unit’s unique layout. And unlike with its sibling Arduboy, creator Kevin Bates (who we’ve come to know so well) has decided to bypass Kickstarter altogether and make the Tetris MicroCard available for pre-order. With a price tag of $49, it’ll make for a perfect grab bag item, a stocking stuff, or a “just because” purchase! Delivery is expected to get underway sometime this spring.

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