Kickstarter is an amazing Foundry in which money can be used to breathe life into ideas that the mainstream manufactures would ignore. With strong backing any Dream worth chasing is possible.
I especially like this latest one called Mousr, a Kickstarter fund to build an AI (Artificially Intelligent) Mouse (Kooser, 2014) that competed it’s funding round on December 6th 2014 (Petronics, 2014). The kickstarter for Mousr the Robotic mouse was started on November 5th 2014 with the intention to raise some US$100,000 to make the prototype a reality.
Within the 30 day period, the project had been fully funded by some 914 backers to the tune of US116,965, surpassing their funding goal by a decent margin. Apparently the Team made up of mostly PhD are all Cat owners, designed Mousr to react to the Cat, as opposed to the traditional Random Reactions of a Toy to entice the Cat to React.
Mousr, is basically an AI Robot designed to act like real prey and thus keep you Cat engaged on its own for as long as its battery holds out.
So for them, this project was a natural ode to their Cats, who they could have otherwise trapped in little circular virtual prisons (Lindsworth, 2014). The Design teams built the Mousr with enough AI (Artificial Intelligence) smarts to outsmart the Cat on its own, dodging the Cat using a 360 degree Camera and IR Sensors to detect proximity, a speaker to make squeaking noises and blinking lights to indicate interest as well as tell the state of Mousr to the Owner.
It’s also got the option of adding a nice tail to make it a large and enticing enough a prey worth chasing, at least from the Cat’s point of view.
Best of all, you can join in the fun if you like; the three-wheeled Mousr comes is controllable via Bluetooth from you smartphone (Prindle, 2014). I especially like that last built, as it reminds me of the US$129.99 Orbotic’s Sphero Robotic Ball (Lindsworth, 2012) that’s also remotely controlled via your Apple iPhone and can equally terrorize your Cat!
At the top end, this customizable AI Mouse costs anywhere between US$120 to US$140, so be prepared to spend as much come October 2015 when, Mousr, the three-wheeled terror is available to be your Cat’s Robotic Playmate.
 Petronics. (2014, November 5). Mousr: The robotic mouse that plays with your cat. Retrieved from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/525985345/mousr-the-robotic-mouse-that-plays-with-your-cat
 Kooser, A. (2014, November 10). Buy your cat a robot: Mousr acts like real prey. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/buy-your-cat-a-robot-mousr-acts-like-real-prey/
 Prindle, D. (2014, November 7). Your cat will go bonkers for this robotic AI mouse toy. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/cat-will-go-bonkers-robotic-ai-mouse-toy/
 Deer, L. (2012, February 9). The Apple iPhone as a Remote – The R2-D2 Effect of Orbotic’s Sphero Robotic Ball. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/apple-iphone-remote-control/
 Deer, L. (2014, December 8). How to trap your Cat in one Place as Cats love Circles. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/how-to-trap-your-cat-in-one-place-as-cats-love-circles/