Ben Millam has a cat named Monkey and this self described “aspiring geek” was looking for a to give his beloved cat a more fulfilled life. Monkey has the instinct to hunt for his food, so he created a machine that trades food for RFID tagged balls Millam hides around the house.
This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but they’re also practicing ‘mobile’ hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal.
See the system in action after the break.
If you want to make your own feeding machine, Millam breaks down the training and building details on his site.
(via Laughing Squid)