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Can your cat resist the solar-powered IrresistiCat?

Can your cat resist the solar-...
IrresistiCat keeps inquisitive cats in a playful mood by pushing a ball around an enclosed track
IrresistiCat keeps inquisitive cats in a playful mood by pushing a ball around an enclosed track
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IrresistiCat is designed by Solar Chaser, a firm responsible for a solar-powered cat toy released in 2013
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IrresistiCat is designed by Solar Chaser, a firm responsible for a solar-powered cat toy released in 2013
The IrresistiCat features a ball enclosed in a circular frame that's pushed along a track when the device receives enough juice from its solar panel
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The IrresistiCat features a ball enclosed in a circular frame that's pushed along a track when the device receives enough juice from its solar panel
IrresistiCat is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
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IrresistiCat is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign
IrresistiCat keeps inquisitive cats in a playful mood by pushing a ball around an enclosed track
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IrresistiCat keeps inquisitive cats in a playful mood by pushing a ball around an enclosed track
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Solar-powered homes, cars, and planes are all well and good, but decades of research in the field have finally resulted in something really useful: the IrresistiCat solar-powered cat toy. It's a simple device, featuring a ball that's propelled around a circular enclosure when enough juice has been received from its solar panel.

The IrresistiCat is designed by Solar Chaser, the company behind an eponymous solar-powered cat toy released in 2013. And it looks like the kind of thing that this writer's own cat may wish to take a swipe at, providing her first choice of expensive headphones or pieces of antique furniture weren't available.

The company says it'll work from any source of light. A well-lit room, for example, will push the ball around a couple of times per minute, while direct sunlight will keep it moving constantly.

IrresistiCat is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign to refine the prototype and bring it to market. As of writing, you'll have to stump up at least US$17 to be in with a chance of eventually receiving a unit. Assuming all goes to plan, shipping is estimated for January, 2016.

Check out the video below for a closer look at IrresistiCat.

Sources: Solar Chasers, Kickstarter

IrresistiCat by SolarChasers Powered by Light - Battery Free

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2 comments
Bob Flint
My cats would flip this over and unless it has dual sided solar cells then it'll be dead in a few minutes.
Martin Winlow
Perhaps one could attach a dust mop to the bottom and then the cat could clean the floor as it plays... (and actually do something useful for once instead of just sitting around sleeping all day and night long...) MW