NEW YORK—It was not your typical meetup in the city. For one, it was scheduled on a Friday night last December 18 (most meetups in the city are from Monday to Thursday). Second, it was held at a store, the new Microsoft Flagship Store on the shopping district of Fifth Avenue. But the crowd trickled in to watch the presentation of devices at the meetup curiously billed “Understanding Live Video Streaming with Periscope and Meerkat.”
Lee Miller presented Kittyo, a Kickstarter-initiated device (priced at $249) and app for viewing, recording, playing with and dispensing treats to pet cats. It is available on iOS and Android .
“Cats love chasing laser (beams),” Miller said, showing how the lasers work to preoccupy the cats, especially when their owners are not around. As soon as he showed the lasers, the audience crowded around the device, impressing many, even the shoppers curious to see what was going on. To keep it from tipping over, Miller said it can be harnessed with a clamp.
If you’re curious how long it took Kittyo to materialize, Miller said 2 years. Someone suggested having a cat to go with Miller’s demo but everyone knows how nonchalant cats can be--and in a crowded space like the Microsoft Store, a challenging proposition.
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The meetup was hosted by Silicon Alley Council.