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Robotic cats


It’s caturday, so let’s post some freaking cats. With a little research we found commercial, hobbyist, research, and cyborg cats.

First up is NeCoRo. Released in 2001, this is probably the most recognized commercial robot cat; renowned for its creepiness.


Not wanting to be shut out of a market Sega has developed their own creepy cat. Yume Neko Smile is available for $72 and as the video demonstrates, gets very annoyed when you pull its tail.


Household robot cats aren’t a new invention. Straight out of the “Teddy Ruxpin era”, comes Petster Deluxe. The fur covered robotic lump can avoid obstacles, respond to claps, or use a wired remote.


Philips Research’s entry into this feline nightmare is the iCat. It’s a 38cm tall cat equipped with 13 servos to control facial movements. The goal is to have shared platform for researching man machine interaction: man’s interaction with weird looking cats.


Hobby robot company Dynamizer took the popularity of humanoid robots and developed an entry level cat robot. It’s designed to be cheap and easy to expand with new sensors.


Above is a cat robot scratch built by Lim Tian Siak.


Finally, we have Elvis, the cyborg cat. He lost use of his hind legs in an accident, so his BattleBot building caretakers created a bot he could drive by pressing on two buttons. It seems, given the right equipment cats would spend their days spinning clockwise.

Comments

  1. Tom says:

    nice post!

    since reading/watching this i’m now very afraid of cats, thanks for ruining that feline avenue for me.

    i also herd u liek mudkips?

    /b/tards are everywhere!

    man.

  2. That first pic is going to haunt my dreams now, thx!

  3. me me me says:

    man, i love cats. especailly mine. this post i s grrrreat!!! thanks eliot!

  4. strider_mt2k says:

    Good stuff!

    I’m reminded of Toonces, the Driving Cat.

    (the cat who could drive a car.)

  5. Mi,. says:

    Wow that last one… that scares me… a lot….

  6. jimmys says:

    the orange cat in the first picture looks like jason. salame!

  7. hackineer says:

    Where can I get one of these $72 Yume Neko cats?

  8. DigitalMind says:

    I like the last video of the guy who built his cat a wheelchair to get around .. Now THAT’S someone who cares about their animals ! (I would have tried to do the same if that happened to my cat!)

    I wonder how well that cat will learn to drive that thing …

  9. PocketBrain says:

    If Elvis, the robocat, could talk, he’d probably say, “Euthanize me, it’s more humane!”
    Somehow I find the robocats just a tiny bit less creepy than Aibo.

  10. sgt_easton says:

    looks to me like elvis the cyborg cat is not very happy. maybe the owner should slow down the thing a little…or euthanize the cat.

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