Hot Keys for pets

Meow Mix creates a heated keyboard to keep kitty close.
Meow Mix

We can’t decide if this invention from Meow Mix is genius, or just plain bonkers. It’s sort of the same feeling we have about cat people in general (well, mostly those that like to lug their pets in cat carriers or treat them to a day at the spa/hotel).

The brand that brought us the annoyingly catchy cat jingle, “Meow, meow, meow,” has created the next big thing in feline furniture. “Hot Keys” is a fake, squishy keyboard that’s powered via a computer USB and that heats up while a person is working on their laptop. What’s the point, you ask? Well, to keep kitty nearby at all times, of course. You see, by having a pad that looks like a keyboard, your feline friend will be tricked into thinking it’s annoying you by stomping on your “computer” and then stay put under it’s heated pad. That’s what we call a win-win.

And the best part about this little contraption is that it was invented by a consumer. The brand and its agency EVB in the U.S.┬áput out a call for ideas for cat inventions from anyone in the world through it’s “Catstarter” program (naturally playing on the crowdfunding Kickstarter name) and this one got top marks from thousands of “backers.”

Are you a proud and loud cat person? What ideas do you have to improve the day-to-day cat life?


Brand: Meow Mix
Agency: EVB
Executive Creative Director: Steve Babcock
Creative Directors: Patrick Maravilla (Copy), David Byrd (Art)
Art Director: Tom Zukoski
Copywriter: Nate Gagnon
Designer: Markandeya Sendan
Illustrator: Natalia Martinez
Motion Graphics Designer: Kevin Brown
Sound Designer: J. Michael Neal
Director of Technology: Ken Goldfarb
Lead Interactive Developer: Josh Kanner
Interactive Developer: Ken Crosby
Senior Producer: Kevin Turner
Vice President, Director of Account Management: Kathleen Foutz
Strategist: Neeti Newaskar
Producer: Kevin Turner