TC: What made you want to make this?
TG: A couple reasons: My co-founder Dan got a cat about a year ago and quickly realized he needed a way to keep him (Mr. Littlejeans) entertained throughout the day. So, he bought all the automated cat toys out there and tried them out. Some worked ok, some were just plain bad, and all were kinda ugly, or at least weren’t objects you’d want laying around your house all the time. So, we started exploring if we could make something that would really fulfill a need.
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When it comes to automated, interactive cat toys, Petlinks Electronic Motion Cat Toy is one of the best. With a feathery tail that seems to move of its own accord and in an unpredictable pattern, it’s no wonder that kitties go nuts over this gadget. Battery operated, the automated toy is concealed under a round, plastic sheet, and the fact that they can’t see anything apart from the tail of their imaginary prey, keeps cats focused for hours. If you have ever noticed how your cat will pounce on you if you dare move your hand under the blanket, you can rest assured that this toy is going to be the center of their attention!
5 High-Tech Toys for Your Geeky Cat - Mashable
Automatic Toys. In addition to food rewards, cats relish motion and interesting noises to lure them to chase. Today, a wide variety of automatic toys are available, including the FroliCat products. These offer preprogrammed laser lights to chase and products, for example), or the that flips a string to chase. There's even a toy with a mechanical mouse on a track that races about, hides, and teases cats into play.
Sep 26, 2012 - FroliCat Twitch Automated Cat Toy
SHRU is not another cat toy, it’s a cat companion, designed to be your cat’s new best friend while you’re away from home. It automatically responds to your cat’s play by mimicking a small animal’s erratic movement and sound.This is an automatic cat toy that I've been working on. It was previously a homemade table that supported a heavy water tank, but I've turned it upside down and wrapped string around the legs to become scratching posts. I've used an arduino and a servo to turn a piece of wood which makes the two arms with toys attached move up and down. This runs for 30 seconds and then sleeps for 10 minutes, then it runs for 30 seconds, and so on. In this demo I manually triggered it for another run of the arms instead of waiting 10 minutes.
The arduino is an overkill at this point but I intend to make it more interactive with sensors to trigger toys when my cat goes near it or perhaps stands on certain trigger points.