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January 5, 2012 at 7:57 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Robot Pet Sitter for Your Cat?

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

Time to ring in the New Year with this year’s first blog in the cat health series….drum roll please…The Scratchpad.

Ever feel bad leaving your cat alone for too long when you travel for the weekend or take an even longer trip? Normally cats are alright for a couple days on their own, but what about a whole week…or more?

Forget asking family or friends to pet sit your cats while you are away. Become acquainted with this robot cat sitter.

Tokyo engineer Taylor Veltrop has developed a robot that’s designed to watch and brush your cat while you are away. All you need is Wii remote controls, a treadmill, a head mounted display and an Xbox Kinect. (Okay, so maybe that's a lot of stuff...but still pretty cool!)

To work this contraption, a person puts in the head mounted display, walks on a treadmill while holding a wii remote in hand pointed at a Kinect. The robot is controlled by the person with all this gear on. So, YOU can brush your cat and put food and water into their bowl from wherever you are.

Check out the video:

What do you think? Pretty crazy what technology is up to these days? Would you like a robot to take care of YOUR cat while away?

Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2082083/Robot-controlled-Xbox-Kinect-Wii-grooms-cat.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
http://www.gizmag.com/teleoperated-cat-grooming/20999/

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