UC Berkeley, Center for Entrepreneurship and TechnologyIEOR 190G Patent Engineering, March 2, 2009George Shaw, MS EECS 5443036 Method for Exercising a Cat (1993) Silly Patents
Using a laser pointer to exercise a cat (1993) • A method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct. • 1982 book “187 Ways to Amuse a Bored Cat” describes the same thing with a flashlight. Cat Exercising: one, and two, AND…
6505576 Pet Toy (2003) • A pet toy that projects a moving light beam in various directions to entertain a pet is provided.(...with a motor...) • 6557495 Laser Pet Toy (2003) • An improved laser pet toy that entertains pets, especially cats.(...they do it with mirrors...and a motor...) • 6651591 Automatic laser pet toy and exerciser (2003) • A pet toy and exerciser which produces an automatically movable, outwardly projected laser beam. (...explicitly without a conventional motor, but with nitinol wires...) Cat Exercising: the sequels…!
6701872 Method and apparatus for automatically exercising a curious animal (2004) • An apparatus for exercising a curious animal such as a housecat comprises a laser pointer mounted on a shaft driven by a geared motor mounted on a pedestal. (...or on a fan to cool the cat...) • 7066780 Pet entertainment device (2006) • A pet entertainment device for the entertainment of a pet. (…laser attached to collar with a remote control) • "I was always astonished by the fact that a cat has the holes in its fur exactly where the eyes are. Kinda creepy, when you think about it as frequently as I do." ~ Albert Einstein on cats Cat exercising: More sequels!