This is a video demonstration of the automatic food dispenser that Ben Millam built for his cat, Monkey. In order to be fed, Monkey has to search the house for RFID tagged balls, which he can then return to the feeder in exchange for some kibble. No word if the water is still complimentary.
So instead of feeding my cat, I hide these balls around the house... This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it's partly to establish and survey their territory, but they're also practicing 'mobile' hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal. So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence.
Did you read that? Ben wants his cat to live a more fulfilled and self-actualized existence. Because some people actually think about their pets like that. Me included. Which is why when anyone yells at me for letting my dog shit in their yard I tell them to shut their trap because it's always been a dream of his.
Keep going for a video of Monkey in action.
Thanks to lizzy, who built an automatic cat feeder that only feeds her cat after its played in a cardboard box long enough.