Created by the Jetpack Cognition Lab, the Flatcat just might be the strangest robot you’ll see in 2021. Simply put, it’s a pet-like robot that reacts to touch, and not too much else. The company says that you can cuddle, play around with it, or just observe Flatcat doing weird things on its own accord. It basically consists of a flexible core that just contracts for locomotion that slowly inches its way across the floor. Read more for a video and additional information.
Let’s face it, when you combine the lockdowns with winter blues, things can get a bit dreary at home. So, Panasonic came up with Nicobo, a cat-like robot that, when talked to, wags its tail and mimics what was said. It was developed in collaboration with professor Michio Okada of Toyohashi University of Technology, and marks the first household robot for the manufacturer of appliances and home electronics. Read more for two videos of it in-action and additional information.
Due to the pandemic, many in-person meetings have now gone digital, and sometimes, things go wrong. Texas Lawyer Rod Ponton accidentally activated the kitten filter and Judge Roy Ferguson of Texas’s 394th judicial district had to inform him of such. This issue came about after Ponton used his secretary’s computer for the call and was representing the state of Texas in the hearing, which focused on a person who had attempted to leave the US with contraband. Read more for the video and additional information.
Developed by Pudu Robotics, the BellaBot is an innovative delivery robot that may soon be used at restaurants around the world, most recently at Sushi Island in Canada. Once activated, it can easily move, orient and navigate autonomously in highly dynamic, crowded environments. It comes equipped with intelligent induction trays that can be used to deliver food to 3-4 tables at a time. After arrive at the set table, the light strip beside the tray starts to flash, reminding patrons to pick up the food. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Limited to just 99-units worldwide, the CATSA Lander Mark I just might be the geekiest space-inspired cat bed yet, and it’s not just for looks. Boasting a precision-milled composite aluminum shell, a high impact 3D-printed ABS door frame, laser-etched CATSA mission badge, nine soft rubber isolation claws, High Density Polyethylene components (HDPE) that will not delaminate when exposed to the elements, a plush 1-inch foam bed, and a individually serial numbered plate. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Yukai Engineering’s Petit Qoobo just might be the strangest robot yet at CES 2020. This pillow-like device is the followup to the company’s larger Qoobo that was unveiled last year, and it’s exactly as it looks, a tail wagging robot, but this time, with a microphone to detect sound, as well as haptic feedback for vibrating softly to mimic occasional purrs. Read more for two videos and additional information.
You’ve probably seen Sony’s Aibo robotic dog, but if you’ve always wanted a cat version, MarsCat by Elephant Robotics should do the trick. This bionic cat robot autonomously moves around, thanks to 16 motorized joints, and can also randomly perform various activities, like playing, sleeping, and covering up waste in a litter box. Read more for a video and additional information.
Ebo is the creation from Enabot, and it’s a softball-sized robot that looks like your typical cat toy, but comes equipped with a host of high-tech features, including a 1080p camera, microphone, Wi-Fi connectivity, automatic docking/charging, self-learning AI, as well as activity / mood trackers. It was designed for cat owners to keep their pets happy and entertained when out of the house. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Nyanko Charge cat head phone charger just might be the quirkiest one yet and may just freak out anyone who sees it at first glance. This is a normal power bank, but shaped exactly like a real cat’s head and work with any USB-compatible device. It also comes with a pouch, strap, and an extra cable. Product page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Memes and cat pictures have nearly been around as long as the internet, but back in 1898, an unknown photographer was already planning for this by capturing the photo above, or so we’d like to think. Then starting in 1914, American photographer Harry Whittier Frees continued by shooting an entire series of photos showing cats wearing clothes and in human-like poses. Frees photos of posed animals were published on postcards, in magazines, and even children’s books. Read more for additional pictures and information.