Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Herding cats

Suppose you were a young tech geek (with no girlfriend to, err, distract you).  Suppose you like disassembling things and rebuilding them to do different things.  Suppose you notice that your cat likes to chase the red laser dot.  So what do you do?

Well, you might disassemble a Radio Controlled (RC) car and rebuild it to be a remotely controllable cat laser harness:
Cat Car uses a steering wheel controller with an attached Arduino and gyroscope / accelerometer, which communicate with a cat harness via an XBee. The movements control a servo on the back of the cat, which moves around a laser pointer, propelling the cat forward, thus allowing the user to remotely control the cat.
They have video at the link.  I guess that I only have two things to say about this:

1. This is why were were able to beat the godless Ruskie Commie bastards.

2. Lissa, you're welcome.

But this brings to mind what is perhaps the greatest Superbowl commercial ever:

Git along thar, little kitty.


Old NFO said...

Hilarious, and yes WAY too much time on his hands...

Dave H said...

WAY too much time on his hands...

Not at all. Some of us practice shooting, some of us practice making things. For the majority of us, making things pays better.