If there are two things Japan loves, it’s cats and robots. While there’s no shortage of robot cafés and companion robots made for humans, this is the first bot we’ve heard of that’s aimed squarely at felines. Known as the Nekojara Sitter, the little, round robot has colourful feathers inside, which it randomly sticks out through the holes on its side to tease your cat.
It’s about half the size of a Roomba, but this house robot is strictly stationary. This is actually the upgraded version of the original Nekojara Sitter, with three different speed settings for the feathers to emerge: slow, medium or fast. You can also set the robot to change between different speeds in set intervals, so your kitty doesn't get bored while you're away. The upgraded model is quieter, too, which is great for cats (and owners) who are sensitive to noise.
There’s no complicated equipment needed to operate or charge the robot, so you can just set it up and head out. The Nekojara Sitter runs on four AA batteries and costs ¥3,980 via Rakuten or Yahoo Shopping.
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