NO MORE SMELLY CAT ...
Automated Pet Care Products is doing their part to offer pet owners eco-friendly
pet care merchandise such as the new ECO Unit Litter-Robot to help contribute
to the protection and sustainability of the planet — while still helping pet owners pamper
their beloved cats.
The Litter-Robot new ECO Unit is the perfect litter management solution that
helps cat owners keep their pet 'green' and happy. Constructed with high quality, durable,
industrial-grade components, the Litter-Robot is built to last and uses 100% recycled plastics
in 84% of all the plastic components. The Litter-Robot's patented litter sifting process gently
separates the waste clumps from the litter and deposits them into a waste drawer, leaving
behind a clean bed of litter and greatly reducing odors. Pet owners simply empty the waste
drawer every few days (more often if you have multiple cats) and no scooping is needed.
The Litter-Robot is safe and comfortable for your pets and the rotating globe is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate a cat up to 15 lbs., while providing a large litter
bed area for your cat. The unit operates using a safe 12 volts DC electrical plug and there are
no moving parts or sharp objects inside the globe that can harm your cat. The Litter-Robot does not use a rake mechanism
that can get jammed, clogged, or that requires frequent cleaning and maintenance.
The product also features a safety mechanism that prevents the Litter-Robot from operating when a cat is inside. An added
safety feature, the globe rotates very slowly during the cleaning cycle. If a cat tries to re-enter during the cleaning cycle, the
motor automatically shuts off. For more information about the Litter-Robot, go to www.litter-robot.com.
ROBOTS FOR THE BIRDS
German robotic company Festo has engineered the AquaPenguin
— a bionic life-size penguin that can swim and move underwater
seemingly as graceful as their real life counterparts. The design and
engineering involved with these robotic penguins is pretty amazing
since they are able to twist and turn in small spaces. They also carry
3D sonar that allows them to communicate with other AquaPenguins,
as well as swim autonomously around their environment.
The seaworthy penguins sport wings of spring steel embedded
in an elastic matrix of silicon, producing a sleek profile and the ability
to twist to the most efficient pitch angle with each stroke. The flat,
flexible wings of the airborne penguins are made of polyurethane foam
and are suspended by a strut at the pivot point of the creature's torso.
You’ll find out more at http://penguingeek.wordpress.com.
REAL DRAGON BREATH
Here’s a 23. 6 foot tall ( 7.2 meters) aluminum robot "baby" breathing fire during a
rehearsal for this year's Roppongi Art Night, held back in March. The robot, created by
Japanese artist Kenji Yanobe, was one of the main art installations for the event held in the
Roppongi Hills neighborhood, Tokyo Midtown. The venue was held over many locations,
including the National Art Center, Suntory Museum of Art, public spaces, and participating
shops and restaurants in the Roppongi area.
Check out other exhibits at http://roppongiartnight.com.
Photograph by Katsumi Kasahara/AP
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