Bizarre Tech: Building Brick Waffle Maker, Petvation Smart Door, and Hunt Game Box.


I just moved into a new house with my partner, her adorable kitten, and my awesome dog, so here are some gadgets that cater to all species living in the house. Enjoy 😀

Construction Brick Electric Waffle Maker

Let’s make a waffle kingdom!!!

I’m a big fan of waffles. However, I don’t have a waffle maker, otherwise I would eat them forever and stay inside. Because waffles are so much better than having a social life.

Anyway, this product seems to encourage you to play with your food, which is not at all what I’ve been instructed to do all my life, but hey.

The Building Brick Electric Waffle Maker creates 14 interlocking waffles in the shape of bricks. You can stack them and create structures like towers, houses or spaceships. You can even cut the small pieces and make embossed dragons or monsters.

I’m not sure if interlocking the pieces would work well, unless you like your waffles solid like…well…bricks.

The waffle maker can create 10 short bricks, two long bricks and two individual bricks at the same time. The die-cast aluminum molds are non-stick, you dip into the batter and have yourself the makings of a construction masterpiece.

How about making a Waffle Death Star? You can die if you try to eat it all. Death by Waffle Death Star. Not a bad way to go.

When you pledge $100 (around £82) to the Kickstarter campaign, you’ll get six build plates instead of the original four.

More building opportunities.

The product can be shipped to the EU, China, the UK, and many other countries apparently, and the company will supply the appropriate adapter so you can start baking your waffle architecture.

You’ll also get your hands on an official guide to waffle brick building. I want to see that!

Petvation Smart Cat Flap

Beep beep boop, it’s not your pet.

“Combined with advanced facial recognition technology and app, Petvation offers a whole new experience of accessing your furry friends.” Aka, let’s just throw in as much technology as we can.

This is a terminator style cat flap. Without the termination, of course. We wouldn’t want the door to slip and snatch your cat.

Therefore the Petvation Smart Automatic Cat Flap is powered by AI cameras and smart sensors, which detect when your furry friend wants to enter and leave your home. The door is designed so you can control who enters or when your pet is allowed in and out. You can do this remotely, so when you’re at work, you can make sure your pet has a good pee break.

It also means you can stop any unwanted visitors, like cats, birds, alligators or even dangerous raccoons, if you’re from that part of the world. Me, I’d like to make friends with trash pandas. I think they are adorable with their little hands and little faces. By the way, did you see the video with the raccoon taking cotton candy and soaking it in water to prepare it for snacking, then the treat dissolves? Heartbreaking. I would give them all my cotton candy if they went through the Petvation. Access for all, I say!

To help with that kind of hurdle today (unwanted visitors, not dissolving cotton candy), mechanical pet doors with smart collars let your flofers in and out. But according to the team at Petvation, animals like cats aren’t too good with bulky, battery-operated collars. But then they would say that, wouldn’t they? Cat owners, let me know if this is a thing, please.

Petvation is apparently armed with one of the most powerful and advanced artificial intelligence chips, which allows it to run complex facial recognition algorithms entirely offline and open only to a familiar face.

According to the makers, two sets of high-resolution infrared cameras are built into the door frame, with 120-degree wide-angle lenses on each side, as well as invisible night-vision fill lights. When an approach is detected, you are alerted via the app and you can say yes or no.

The Petvation’s motor and mechanical controls keep the door latch locked when not in action. Supposedly, it uses three independent safety mechanisms that work in sync to keep your pet safe, with quick-acting sensors to detect when they approach and walk through the door. There is also an anti-pinch mechanism to prevent them from being hurt by your smarter-than-you AI gate.

At the time of writing, the campaign is at £64,066 (had £8,146 as a target), so I have a sneaky suspicion it will be a very soon thing.

The hunting game box

Wee wafts for your furry feline.

It feels a bit space-age, but our kitty would love that kind of smelly stimulation.

The hunting game box is an “olfactory food treasure box”. Our curious cattos love to explore and hunt, as is the custom. So the folks behind the Box thought it would be a good idea to house hunt. Not chasing the cat. The cat chases food. You know.

Their sensitive sense of smell means they capture the “scent map” of the air, and the Hunting Box focuses on scents to guide felines to their target.

Apparently, you can put any wet food or raw meat in the box (it has built-in UVC sterilization, so it doesn’t get sick and the food lasts longer).

The device adjusts the concentration of scent based on the size of the hunting area. Also, the stench is not noticeable to us, just cats, whose sense of smell is 14 times stronger than ours. They say. I can’t prove otherwise unless I have my own box. (‘Index.’)

By sneaking it anywhere in the house, the cat will have fun playing hide and seek, and you probably won’t have to entertain them so much at night when they go bat crazy, like I came to find – unless it’s just a kitten thing. This girl is WILD after 8 p.m.

The gadget is backed by a two-year warranty and is made from recyclable materials. It is also said to be scratch resistant and durable. Fortunately, because of the sharp claws of death. Ouch.

It costs $169 (about £138), but you get a 70% discount if you commit $49 to the campaign.


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