And Now for Something Completely Different…

Posted: August 30, 2015 in Art and Design
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So, this isn’t at all about lighting, or solid-state, or technology. It’s just a gadget cat toy we call the Cat-apult.

The lever arm is sprung by rubber band and released by the trigger when depressing the pedal at the rear. The launch tube keeps the cat from stealing the treat inside, also protecting him/her from the lever when it is released.

Shown in the “cocked” position, the lever arm is sprung by rubber band. This is released by the trigger when depressing the pedal at the rear. The launch tube guides the snack projectile and keeps the cat from stealing the treat inside, while also protecting him/her from the lever when it is released.

Over a period of time (this being generation three, each iteration perfecting and strengthening the device), launches treats if the subject critter steps on the trigger pedal. Yes, cats can be trained for such tasks. In fact, this is but one of several toys our chubby Japanese Bobtail has learned to work in order to get his “cookies”. In this case, it took him a few months to understand the lever-trigger release reliably. This is one of my favorites, made using a 3D printer, it’s powered by a rubber band that can be adjusted to launch the treat to various distances and velocities. As you can see in the video’s below, Miko approaches this like he does many of his other favorite games – ones that can be played while laying down. The idea is to get him to get up and move around a bit… even if for one brief moment..

All right, back to work then…

 

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