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— Robotics

Researchers turn to cats to help soften robot landings

By - November 17, 2014 1 Picture
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

Fulfill your feline architecture fantasies with Poopy Cat's Blocks

Ah, cats. No matter how much cash you drop on a new playhouse for your moggie, it will invariably mock your generosity by sleeping in a cardboard box instead. With this in mind, Blocks is a cardboard flatpack kit that assembles into modular cat playhouses, thus letting you lovingly craft a unique piece of feline architecture that your cat will still probably ignore. Read More
— Pets

Tailio tracks your cat's weight and well-being down to the last whisker

By - November 12, 2014 7 Pictures
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
— Pets

Bistro cat feeder and health monitor identifies cats using facial recognition

By - July 21, 2014 8 Pictures
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
— Pets

PetPace collar monitors your pet's health

By - June 2, 2014 5 Pictures
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
— Pets

World's first Passive House-certified pet door unveiled at Ecobuild 2014

By - March 11, 2014 6 Pictures
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
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