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A business card that plays Tetris is way cooler than what you've got in your wallet

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Kevin Bates created a business card that plays games. (Source: bateskecom/YouTube) Kevin Bates created a business card that plays games. (Source: bateskecom/YouTube)

(RNN) - Even in the digital age, business cards are still used often and are designed to make an impression; from plastic transparent cards to fancy paper stock and dreamy graphics.

Kevin Bates has created a business card that will be the envy of the next convention.

The business card plays Tetris, the addictive video game from the 1990s where the object is to create lines by fitting oddly shaped objects together as they fall.

At 1.6 mm, which is a little thicker than a credit card but about the same length and width, this is not a business card to leave in a fishbowl at a restaurant to win a free lunch.

Bates estimates that once he gets his Kickstarter campaign up and running, a kit to build a single business card will run about $30; an assembled card would cost $50.

"I recently bought an old Gameboy and after buying a 25-year-old Gameboy and the games, I spent 50 bucks just right there," he said.

But if you want your information or any artwork on the card, that will run $100. If you've got money, however, Bates said he can work with people on the cost if they want to order more.

He is also working with the folks who own the Tetris trademark - something he believed to be open source until he received an email. Also, if Tetris is not your cup of tea, a Pokemon-inspired game called Ardumon is available.

Bates, who started off studying engineering before switching his major to business at Oregon State, likes to tinker with circuit boards. His living room in Portland, OR, has a few tables set up with electronics strewn across them.

"I live inside a circuit board," he said via phone.

In his spare time, the data analyst was tinkering around with a small, thin circuit board and he had the idea.

Before he launches his Kickstarter campaign, he wants to make sure all of the manufacturing and other issues are in place. And he's not looking to make any money, just the opportunity to do more projects.

Bates is looking forward to seeing what people do with his creation and how it is improved upon, but he also wants to reach out to the hobbyist or kid out there looking to learn more about circuit boards. He plans on having tutorials on his website.

"My goal is to release this into the community. Money as an object is a tool for me to demonstrate what more can be possible."

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