Well, this actually may not be the state-of-the-art, but it's still rather interesting to be able to see what your cat gets up to while you're not looking.
Have you ever wondered what your cat is doing when it's roaming around? Maybe he has a secret tryst with the voluptuous "Miss Tiddles" from next door, or maybe she decides to tell the loathsome "Mr. Smelly" – who owns the house and humans across the street – a few home truths about his personal hygiene (or lack thereof).
Well, some guy called J. Perthold in Germany has a cat called Mr. Lee, and he (J. Perthold, not Mr. Lee) has built a camera called "The Mr. Lee CatCam". (Of course J. Perthold could be a lady, but my gut feel is that this is more the sort of thing that a guy would be tempted to do.)
Actually this is rather interesting. If you Visit Their Website you can see a collection of photo-tours providing interesting snapshots of Mr. Lee's activities throughout the course of a typical day. Apart from anything else, it's quite fascinating to see the world from the cat's point of view.
From this site, you can also buy a "ready-to-rock-and-roll" CatCam for a very reasonably priced $60 (that's US Dollars) or 45 Euros. In this case, as noted on the site, the only skills you need are the ability to mount the camera on your cat's collar. Alternatively, you can purchase the individual CatCam bits and pieces and build one yourself (instructions are provided).
All in all this is a pretty cool project, but I'm not going to show this site to my wife, because I have a sneaking suspicion that she would want to put one on me (grin).
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