You can now own the best business card. Ever.
Kevin Bates is special as he has arguably done more for business cards than Patrick Bateman ever could thanks to using a thin and tiny handheld console that could even play video games. Now you too have the chance of owning one.
Bates created Arduboy as the most awesome business card, as well as being able to show off his electronics skills to potential employers. If you haven’t been lucky enough to be handed one then Kevin’s recently-launched Kickstarter campaign needs your attention.
Everything that was cool in the original, has been kept. You still get the exposed circuits but they’re now protected behind a polycarbonate front shell, while a metal plate on the back adds sturdiness to the Arduboy’s sleek new design.
At five millimeters thick it’s a little larger than the original, but it’s still incredibly pocket-friendly, not to mention more able to take those knocks and drops.
In addition to a much larger OLED display than the original, the new Arduboy also has six soft-touch tactile buttons, a rechargeable battery good for about eight hours of gameplay, microUSB connectivity, and a two-channel piezo speaker. You won’t be using it to play graphic intensive games like the 3DS can handle, but the real appeal of the Arduboy is being able to sneak classic 8-bit games like Block Breaker wherever you go.
Arduboy is completely open source which means that you can create or port your favorite games to it, share and edit other people’s creations, or just use it as a tiny interactive console to finally learn how to code with languages like C++ using included tutorials.
Yup, it’s starting to look even better now, isn’t it?
Kevin’s Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $25,000/£16,053 to cover manufacturing and other costs. And the first thousand backers will be able to pre-order an Arduboy, with delivery sometime in October (if all goes well), for just $29/£19!
And after that first thousand are snapped up, the Arduboy can be pre-ordered for just $39/£25 which is still a bargain in anyone’s book.