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.
Grumpy Cat, the famed internet celebrity for her permanent frown, died this week, aged 7. Despite being cared for by top professionals, Grumpy died on Tuesday from complications after a recent urinary tract infection. “Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere,” said the family. Read more for another video and additional information.
Always wanted your very own robotic kitten and don’t mind building one yourself? If so, then look no further than Petoi Nybble. Simply put, this project no only makes programming fun to learn, it’s a real robotic cat that walks, perform tricks, and lots more. You can bring it to life with a small computer, customizable software, basic components kit, and whatever upgrades you can think of. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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Long before internet memes, there was Morris the Cat, the mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, who has appeared on its packaging and in many of its television commercials. This particular appearance was on a 1986 calendar titled “Morris, A Cat For Our Times” that featured several pieces of technology. Did you know that three different cats have played Morris the Cat? That’s right, the original was discovered in 1968, at the Hinsdale Humane Society, a Chicago-area animal shelter. Read more for additional pictures.
Photo credit: Xuedaixun via Bored Panda
Let’s face it, many social media users go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. to look at animal pictures, but China-based artist “Xuedaixun” does so for an entirely different reason. This person grabs the most popular photos on these networks and transforms them into anime-inspired human characters, both cats and dogs. For the most part, the poses are kept, and in some cases, even the hairstyle. Read more to see some of the artist’s most popular works.
Electric skateboards are nothing new, but this one was designed specifically for cats by Kim Pimmel. “For the latest in my Pet Projects experiments, I built an electric skateboard for my cat to ride. Put a treat into the throttle lever, and she pulls it to get a snack and a boost,” said Pimmel. Parts used include: an Adafruit Feather M0, Adafruit Feather Motor Wing, Lipstick USB Battery PackTenergy 12V 2000mAh NiMH Battery Pack, Orangatang Kegel 80 mm, uxcell DC 12V 2000RPM Brushed Electric Motor 45mm, XCSOURCE Pulleys / Motor + Belt + Bracket + Screw Tool Set, and a skateboard deck / trucks from a local shop. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.