Play with kittens
A company that has developed technology for controlling remote robotic arms over the Internet has adapted the system so that people around the world can play remotely with kittens.
The Idaho Humane Society and the Oregon Humane Society now have kitten play rooms equipped with cat toys attached to robotic arms by Apriori Control, a tiny Boise, Idaho-based company. Web surfers can visit the animal adoption groups' websites, download a browser plug-in and get in line for a turn at moving the toys. While they wait, they can watch over a live webcam as others try to catch the kitties' attention. Apriori's next project is with the Indianapolis Zoo, where it will set up a way for people to feed animals from their home computers.
The company has also been approached with pitches for "adult" applications, which Harris said he might consider "if I go broke." Harris has plenty of other ideas for future uses of the technology, though, from interactive Halloween haunted houses to dispensing medications remotely.