Dong Chan Kim, Jennifer Lim

Human users are invited to take on the ultimate cat challenge: catch the laser.


LASER CATS!!! is a two-player game in which one user challenges the other to catch a red laser.

In rest mode, a looping video of cats chasing lasers is projected on a blank wall. This video demonstrates the heights of elegance to which human users can only aspire.

In play mode, Player 1 dons two large paw-shaped gloves that are outfitted with solar cells. The solar cells are connected to an Arduino that sends a signal each time the solar cell catches the laser. With each catch, a linked P5 sketch registers a point and plays a “meow” sound.

Player 2 dons a laser headband on which is mounted a red flashlight and two cat ears. Player 2 controls the movement of the laser by shaking his/her head.

The game consists of two rounds of play, fifteen seconds each, during which Player 1 attempts to catch the laser controlled by Player 2. Between the two fifteen-second rounds is a seven-second rest period.

Once the two rounds are finished and Player 1 receives his/her high scores, the two players switch roles: the chaser becomes the controller, and v.v.


Introduction to Physical Computing ITPG-GT.2301.002, Introduction to Computational Media ITPG-GT.2233.006, Introduction to Physical Computing ITPG-GT.2301.003