Japanese Nanotechnology Pet Bed Might Change the World

Sat, Jun 2, 2012

Beds & Loungers

I had to share this because it’s pretty hilarious, plus it makes some fairly big claims that, if they are true, might actually change the world — or at least the pet product design world. It’s a pet bed in the form of a funky shark, made with reflective material that will “shoot laser beams” if you take a photo with a flash.

But that’s not the unbelievable part. It’s made from some Japanese nanotechnology that is apparently “self cleaning”. According to the ThinkGeek¬†website:

“The particles in the fabric will absorb bacteria and pet odors and all you need to do to refresh the bed is unzip it every so often and let it sit in the sunshine. In case of bigger messes, the bed is surface washable and the inner cushion can be thrown in the washing machine.”

That just sounds too good to be true! Plus, they assure us that the technology is people and pet safe — totally non-toxic! The bed is fully collapsible but rigid when assembled. It comes in two sizes, small for $69.99 and large for $89.99. Available from¬†ThinkGeek.com.

What do you think? (geek!)

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28 Responses to “Japanese Nanotechnology Pet Bed Might Change the World”

  1. 1

    Let it sit in the sunshine in NYC and be stolen! I guess I’m old fashioned. I don’t want my cats sleeping in anything I can’t clean.

  2. 2

    It’s a cute bed, but I don’t know if that would make it to the favorite napping points for my kitties. Their favorites include e.g. an old Apple camera bag that is just perfect size for one of them, all the soft surfaces of the house, all the suitcases (they even have two proper kitty beds made of old suitcases, just for them), and of course any box. The odor eating technology is much more suitable for dogs than cats (or at least I don’t think my kitties have a bad smell).

  3. 3

    Do we really trust the Japanese simply telling us it’s non toxic? Hmmm.
    Although the shark idea made me giggle.

  4. 4

    Cute, but expensive for something the cats may little intetest in. My cats can sleep anywhere they want except the kithchen counters why they should choose to sleep in this I don’t know. I also agree that the self-cleaning aspect seems better suited to dogs.

  5. 5

    Cute and really not a bad price. I would rather pay more for better quality. Not sure about the materials they used though. I would want to know more about that. I think my 2 cats would have fun with the larger sized japanese shark!

  6. 6
    Raminder Kumar

    I think the beds look ugly, take up a lot of space and I do not want to be looking at that reflective silvery surface all the time and my cat will never sleep in there. I have a bed for him but he never sleeps in there. He will sleep on anything except that bed.

  7. 7

    Sorry, folks, but it is silly looking! Give me sleek and modern, yet comfortable for our felines, any day! Herschel, Gracie Earl, and Ariel are contemporary cats. They do not want something that looks like a child’s fluffy toy. Nope! Peace. LS

  8. 8

    From the website: “And if you put your pet inside the bed and take a photo with a flash, you’ll get a shark with lasers!” So it’s the pet’s eyes that act as lasers, not the bed itself.

  9. 9
    Pamela C

    Does your cat need to be renamed Jake, and will govt spies be watching
    him for his reaction to the bed?

  10. 10

    When I first saw this, I thought that it “cleaned the cat” as it entered and exited the bed! Now that would be great! Maybe they need to redesign it to do that. Perhaps then I might buy it!

  11. 11

    Agree with Anna and Melinda that the cleaning aspects are more suited to dogs. Cats are naturally clean, sweet-smelling and self-cleaning, so they don’t need that! The beds are very cute, though I wouldn’t care for the “laser” stuff. Pass.

  12. 12

    Cats have been very drawn to the fish beds like this I have seen. But $70 or $90 is steep to spend on something for a feline when they can decide its not to their liking. Then you have this big, funky looking, expensive thing that your cat won’t use.

  13. 13

    The “nanotechnology” in question is most likely silver nanoparticles. They are great in that they will kill all kinds of bacteria and other microbes. However, saying that it is 100% nontoxic is neglecting the fact that the field of nanotoxicology is in its infancy. If the particles are well-adhered to something, they’re safe, but if there is any chance of them getting free, they can be breathed in easily and they have the potential to cause illnesses. There is also the problem of the silver nanoparticles killing ALL bacteria–including the ones that you need to stay healthy.

    That said, silver nanoparticles are being used successfully for the same purposes in athletic clothing and medical products, and there is a lot of promise in them doing things like creating “self-cleaning” products.

  14. 14

    This is so cute, but it’s a bit pricy. The laser beams thingy sounds cool (I’d like to see it in picture), but it won’t make a difference IF I decided to buy it. It’s a bit cheesy for my taste…

  15. 15

    For some reason, I find it endearing and humorous! :)

  16. 16
    Julie- CatAtelier

    Maybe it’s radiation. sorry, that’s not really funny.

  17. 17

    I’m not sure what I think about the bed, but I did want to say something about ThinkGeek.com. It is seriously one of the best sites! I LOVE ThinkGeek! They also have great customer service, fast shipping, and so many products you would have a hard time finding other places. A great bonus is that you earn points with each purchase you make. You can use these points towards free/discounted items. They also sell some cat toys, cat t-shirts, etc. I really recommend the site to everyone!

  18. 18

    I love taking photos of my cats, so I don’t like the laser bit. Also I wonder if my cats would appreciate going to sleep in a sharks mouth. I wouldn’t.

  19. 19

    This is neat! Bet my Forrest would love it! It not bad price either.

  20. 20

    It must have charcoal in the inside. I’ve seen products in the past with charcoal and that’s why I needs to be left out in the sun to refresh itself.

  21. 21

    Really cute but I would not want my cat in that. I do not trust that it is “non-toxic”.

  22. 22
    Renee Sonnenblick

    I doubt the particles are silver–they don’t recharge in the sun. However, zeolite, a mineral product does absorb odors, ammonia and recharges in the sun. Don’t know about bacteria and viruses.

  23. 23

    Hmmm. It looks like something that Mork And Mindy would have in their home.I think I will pass on this one. Sorry.

  24. 24

    This is a concept that many have tackled over the years. Self-cleaning products for pets would be great, but toxic issues and efficiency have always been a concern. I would like to know a little more about this shark before even considering buying it. It seems more like a super litter box cover than a bed to me.

  25. 25

    I would never get this for my cats. First of all, their preferred places to sleep are either on my bed, on me, on my clothes, on the floor, or in the cat beds they already have (which are open to the room so they can stretch out if they want to).

    Second of all, I have a phobia about animals with that many sharp teeth that like to kill things (I’m obviously referring to the shark).

    Third of all, if they could come up with a self-cleaning LITTER BOX that uses nanotech (and not batteries or electricity), I’d give *that* a try!

  26. 26

    That shark is going to barf up some hairball! Sorry, had to say it…

  27. 27

    I think its super cute! Why not? With four lovely felines who have distinct personalities, I’m sure one of them would love to hang out in there. I wonder if they make other animal shapes. What about a shimmery goldfish? LOL.


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