We all know that cats love technology. But do we love them ON our technology? Not so much. Someone over at BitBoost obviously felt the same way and decided to create Pawsense, a software utility that protects your computer from wayward kitties by detecting and then automatically blocking their cat “typing.”
So how the heck do they do this (and can what cats do really be called “typing”)?
Because cat paws are generally larger than keys on a keyboard they tend to create strange (and strangely timed) combinations of keys when walking across your computer. Patterns of movement, such as walking around or lying down, also make the “keypress profile” of a cat distinctly different from that of a human computer user.
Pawsense works by analyzing the timing of keypresses and key combinations in order to distinguish cat typing from human typing. The website boasts that they typically recognize if a cat is typing “within one or two pawsteps.” As soon as the cat is recognized Pawsense blocks their inputs, thereby preventing them from accidentally deleting files, entering random commands and data, or even causing your computer to crash.
Pawsense automatically runs in the background once your computer is booted up, so there’s no need to worry about turning it on or off. As an added deterrent, once Pawsense has recognized that a cat is on the keyboard, it will prompt your computer to emit a sound that annoys your cat. That way your cat is deterred from future romps on your keyboard.
Reading this website, it’s easy to assume that Pawsense is an elaborate joke, but the website says otherwise. If you’re interested in purchasing Pawsense, it’ll run you $22.99
(Image: Marc Amos)