Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Cats

Researchers are studying the physics behind cats' ability to land on their feet to help im...

The animal kingdom is fertile ground for roboticists looking to improve on their designs, with everything from insects, fish, seahorses, jellyfish, caterpillars, snakes and birds providing inspiration. Now researchers at Georgia Tech are turning to cats to help soften robot landings. Rather than strapping some felines to a robot's underside, the team is studying the way cats twist in the air when falling to let future robots land safely from a jump or fall.  Read More

Tailio slots right in under the litter box to track weight and activity, leaving kitty non...

Persik the cat was seven years old when his owner picked him up one day to discover that his pet had shed around a quarter of his body weight. Within five days, Persik passed away, falling victim to cancer. Owner and engineer Alex Treiner began to wonder how cats' health and happiness could be monitored more closely and came up with the Tailio, a monitor placed underneath a litter box, where it keeps tabs on your feline's behavior and lets you know if something is not quite right.  Read More

The creators of Mousr reckon its the most engaging cat toy ever made

Most cats enjoy a good hunt, but your average cat toys pale in comparison to stalking real prey, as they're too predictable and don't react to an attack. The creators behind Mousr reckon their robotic cat toy is the most engaging cat toy ever made, as it reacts to a cat's attack and can intelligently avoid obstacles.  Read More

Bistro is claimed to be the first smart cat feeder with facial recognition technology

We all know that cats requires regular feeding, watering and the occasional trip to the vet, but few of us would know exactly how our cat’s health, weight, and hydration are faring on a day-to-day basis. And, when we do feed them, how do we even know that the food we put out for our feline friend is actually being eaten by them and not by someone else’s interloping pet? A group of cat lovers thought about all of these things and came up with Bistro, an automatic feeder that uses facial recognition technology to ensure the food is going to its intended recipient.  Read More

One Fast Cat is an exercise wheel for your feline friends

One Fast Cat is an exercise wheel for house cats at risk of getting bored and/or fat from a lack of activity. It works in the same way as a hamster wheel, though cats will likely require more training to use it than your average hamster.  Read More

The PetPace collar tracks your pet's vital statistics

One of the challenges in monitoring the health of our pets lies in the fact that they can't tell us when they're starting to feel a little poorly. We generally only know that there's something wrong once it's progressed to the state that it's really obvious. The PetPace collar is designed to let pet owners know that something's up, before it reaches that point.  Read More

CATable by Ruan Hao, a man whose cat probably sits him down for bi-weekly performance revi...

Another one for our Top Ten Cat Gadgets? Ruan Hao’s CATable could only be the invention of a severely Stockholm Syndrome-impaired cat owner. Designed as a desperate ploy to convince your cat that there’s somewhere more interesting to be than on top of your laptop right now, there is only one possible reaction I can imagine from the world’s feline population: utter disdain.  Read More

Kittyo lets a cat's owner play with their pet while not home

We've seen lots of technologies that keep pets entertained while the owner is either not around or too busy to give the animal the attention is deserves. One of the latest is Kittyo, a laser-packing plaything will allow owners to play with their pets even when they're not home.  Read More

Petwalk doors (Photo: © Petwalk)

Of the many new gadgets to help you go green that were on offer at London's Ecobuild 2014 last week, one of the standout innovations was from Petwalk. The company's new, highly-insulated, automated pet door lets pets move in and out of the house at will, without squeezing through small openings or knocking on a plastic flap. It opens and closes electronically without being pushed open by a dog or cat, or by anyone else. Once closed, the doors form a draught-free seal that conforms to Passive House standards for thermal exclusion. Petwalk also offers a range of sophisticated extras.  Read More

The Petcube device with creator Alex Neskin's dog, Rocky

You’re sitting in the office, but don’t you wish you could be playing with your dog or cat using a laser pointer instead? With the Petcube, you’ll be able to do both at once. Not unlike the iPet Companion, the Petcube lets users remotely play with their pets in real time, via the internet.  Read More

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