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Solve the puzzles to get out of this tech-inspired escape room

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Escape rooms keep gaining popularity. 

You might have heard of them. The interactive game where you and a bunch of friends, or complete strangers, are locked in a room and have to solve a series of puzzles to get out -- oh, and you only have about an hour.  

The scenarios are endless. Think Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones or Jail Break. 

Patton Doyle is the co-founder of Decode Detroit, an escape room with a tech vibe located in Ann Arbor.

I recently stopped by to check out the game room where the main character is an artificial intelligence named Minerva.

Doyle explains that Minerva is an adolescent AI who's trying to learn more about the world. "Even ourselves, we're learning more about Minerva as the story evolves. Definitely within the escape room here Minerva's story is she wants to escape."

Doyle, who studied physics at the University of Michigan, went on to get a Master of Transportation at MIT, where he learned a variety of things -- from optimizing bus schedules to urban planning.

"I came back to Detroit and Southeast Michigan to be part of the resurgence of the regions' urban areas, not just Detroit, but Ann Arbor and some of the suburbs around Metro Detroit," he said.

Listen to the audio postcard above to hear the story. 

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Jenny Powell, David Powell, Albert Powell, Jessica Golden, Norton Fogel, Zach Fogel and Jaime Fogel successfully solved all the puzzles.
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Jenny Powell, David Powell, Albert Powell, Jessica Golden, Norton Fogel, Zach Fogel and Jaime Fogel successfully solved all the puzzles.
Screen grab from Decode Detroit.
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Screen grab from Decode Detroit.

Mercedes Mejia produces interviews for All Things Considered, including the music segment Songs from Studio East. She also produces content for Stateside. Mercedes relocated to Michigan from New Mexico, where she earned her BA in Latin American Studies and Journalism. She began in public radio as a reporter atKUNMin Albuquerque. She brings extensive video production skills from her work at Univision and Edit House Production.