The Internet of Things That Are Cats

Among the highlights of the recent CES technology showcase were a number of “smart” appliances, including the TV that can shut itself off if it detects a dangerously low drop in viewer IQ; self-assembling LEGOs; car stereo systems that can play “Nearer My God To Thee” in the event of an impending crash, and from Maytag, new SmartKat refrigerators that loudly announce when you’re out of milk, tuna, and cat food.

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Refrigerate After Opening, by Meggito, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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13 thoughts on “The Internet of Things That Are Cats

  1. allein January 12, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    Can I get a stereo that plays Highway to Hell? That’s probably more accurate…

    • Mr. Max January 13, 2016 / 3:40 am

      You and me both, honey.

    • Kar January 13, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      I used to call the local college radio station and request “Drive That Fast” before I left work.

      If they played it the dj would inevitably wish that the requester got home safely.

  2. Faye January 12, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Do you think future cats will sit right in front of the kitchen replicator?

    • Faye January 12, 2016 / 1:34 pm

      They’ll probably have a cat/replicator telepathic interface. “Mouse ragout, hot!”

  3. jlamusings January 12, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    HAHAHA! Great. And my ginger kitty does the same thing…I have a picture of him in the fridge chillin’ out. πŸ˜‰

  4. Smartypants January 12, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Awesome! NTMTOM, have you seen the videos of self-folding origami? (it’s an actual thing – I think from M.I.T.)

    This cat looks just like my happy orange guy of many years ago – he was a foodie too πŸ˜€

      • 6rabbits January 12, 2016 / 11:04 pm

        My mind is officially blown!! Thanks SO much for sharing that😊

      • Beemoused January 13, 2016 / 7:02 am

        Ilonka, that has GOT to be the most amazing thing I have seen in a long time–thank you! The possible applications run from amazing to totally scary.

    • SoccerSue January 12, 2016 / 11:59 pm

      Must be an orange tabby thing. Ours went into the fridge once and straddled a watermelon on the bottom shelf. To this day we refer to wrapping your arms and legs around someone as a “watermelon hug.” πŸ˜€

      • Faye January 13, 2016 / 9:14 am

        Yup. I had a male marmi walk into a small chest freezer just as I swung the door closed.
        My brain: hmmm subliminal screen shot of cat in freezer. Brief pause. OMG cat IN freezer.
        My hand: opens door.
        Cat: saunters out. What ever.

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