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Thanks to this post, I’m going to be thinking about that goofy Laser Cats bit on SNL: “In the future there was a nuclear war and because of all the radiation, cats developed the ability to shoot lasers out of their mouths.” But this is LaserPUPS. It’s a servo-controlled laser pointer and Web cam that can be used over the Web to entertain/annoy/exercise your dog (or cat) from afar. Joe, LaserPup’s creator, explains:

What makes the project possible is the iobridge, as it allows me full control of the servos and the small electronic circuit over the internet. To stream the action I installed a small webcam in the room, and to combat darkness I added an X10 controlled light. Finally I designed an interface page for the iphone (using iui as a base) that controls it all, and now my new toy travels with me everywhere.


LaserPup – The Internet Enabled Dog Toy

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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