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What are the things between the normal keyboard and the monitor in this picture?

cat on laptop

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"Iceland" tag missing? –  Ladybug Killer Jan 30 '10 at 23:24
    
Good question! Looks like some sort of specialized keyboard, I'm guessing something bookkeeping related because of the big red button. But I can be mistaken. –  Pëkka Jan 30 '10 at 23:40
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This is now the most important question dogging me today. Thanks. –  Michael Petrotta Jan 31 '10 at 0:11
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@Michael Petrotta: 'Dogging'? Woof! –  Rosinante Jan 31 '10 at 2:03
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Larger copy of image –  Craig Stuntz Jun 10 '10 at 13:08
    
@Craig: The red button has "Demo" on it, but can't make out any of the other writing. –  Andrew Grimm Jun 10 '10 at 13:12
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@Craig - can you enhance it and rotate the scene, so that we can read the manufacturer? I'm ready to come back in several hours, the time for the algorithm to work. –  Gnoupi Jun 10 '10 at 13:39
    
    
I am ashamed that NONE of you recognize the latest CRAY nearly-dumb (Wireless N) terminal when you see it! That cat is now in space! BTW, the key is PAWZ if you get near the moon and wish to tweet your location. It could also be yet another modern day knockoff of the Commodore 64, but I doubt it. –  Tim Post Jun 13 '10 at 16:23
    
I was just about to ask this. SO triumphs again! –  David Given Oct 30 '13 at 18:27
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This is a V-Tech Talking Whiz Kid Mouse PRO Deluxe

As illustrated on this Ebay auction:

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To compare, three photos with another cat (and you can see part of the VTech logo on the second):

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Interesting fact, there are many photos with different cats, because this was taken during a contest. The description of the photo is:

Maverick, a 7-year-old American Shorthair Silver Classic Tabby, uses a mouse on a toy computer during a preview of the 2006 CFA-Iams Cat Championship at New York's Madison Square Garden, Wednesday Oct. 11, 2006.

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Mouse Pro Deluxe and cats... very appropriate. –  Massimo Jun 10 '10 at 19:17
    
Note that if they would have used the original mouse, it would have been easier to find :] –  Gnoupi Jun 10 '10 at 19:26
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omg this is an amazing answer, I have wondered the same forever! Excellent research work! –  Jeff Atwood Jun 10 '10 at 23:56
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@Jeff: +1 for starting a sentence with omg in a question about lolcats. –  Andrew Grimm Jun 11 '10 at 0:11
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I knew it was VTech! –  Gnome Jun 11 '10 at 0:19
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hey, look who won the eBay auction for that machine! Hint: it was me! –  Jeff Atwood Jun 13 '10 at 3:28
    
Excellent research, how you find those pictures after all these years? –  Shadow Wizard Nov 6 '13 at 13:37
    
@ShaWizDowArd - I searched the event ("Cat Championship", "New York"), with "computer", more or less. Found some low quality images, but hopefully Google image search is there to find similar ones. Mostly coming from Chinese sites, for some reason. –  Gnoupi Nov 6 '13 at 13:50
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Fantastic -- I posted this as a blog entry, with a little bonus, here:

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/06/workin-on-ur-problemz/

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That's ridiculous. Everyone knows a cat can't use a computer.

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They can use a computer ... they choose not to. Too much like work. –  Andrew Grimm Jan 31 '10 at 4:20
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Surely they know how to use a mouse. –  Massimo Jun 10 '10 at 13:00
    
Those wireless mice might seem defective or strange, though. Especially with the glowing eyes. Of course, though, some cats glow: guardian.co.uk/science/2011/sep/11/… –  Lizz Jan 14 '13 at 8:54
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It's not a computer, it's a toy.

Notice the flimsy red plastic latch, the handle across the back (unextended), and lack of ports (power, USB, etc.). It's perhaps ironic that toy computers would have more confusing keys, but those above the keyboard likely select different games/applications.

The keyboard style reminds me of VTech's products.

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Don't mock my EEE! –  perbert Jun 10 '10 at 14:57
    
MacBook Pros don't have any latch at all. Are they a toy? –  Andrew Grimm Jun 11 '10 at 0:17
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@Andrew: Anything with a flimsy red plastic latch is more likely to be a toy. Do MacBook Pros have a flimsy red plastic latch? –  Gnome Jun 11 '10 at 0:20
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It's called style. Sheesh. Flimsy red plastic latches are all the rage. –  GnomeSlice Dec 14 '10 at 18:10
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I've given up identifying the computer, but I can give you a bit more information about the photo that I found:

Zoe, a domestic shorthair cat, touches the mouse of a computer during a media preview for The Cat Fanciers’ Association’s championship in New York October 10, 2007. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

p.s. Zoe also plays basketball and walks on a high-wire

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I'm more interested on what she is sitting on. Oh no, don't tell me this photo isn't real! –  nb69307 Jun 10 '10 at 14:49
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It's an iKibble.

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How many bits does it have? –  Lizz Jan 14 '13 at 8:52
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Obviously a Canon Cat (designed by Mac creator Jeff Raskin) or maybe a Wicat (first UNIX box I ever used).

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The servers are obviously Cat a Tonic right now. I'll bet it doesn't even have a TWITTER account. [Uh oh... the crowd is running over here now - and they look pissed...]

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It is a keyboard for the blind and deaf.

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I'm not sure if this is a joke or serious, but I do notice a piece of paper in front of the monitor, which'd be consistent with your suggestion. –  Andrew Grimm Jan 31 '10 at 4:21
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