Use robot toys to play with kitties over the internet
You have to use Internet Explorer, download an application, wait in line, and then, when it's your turn, you get 2 minutes to play with a kitty. There are toys you can control remotely and you can move a camera around. This has apparently upped the number of visitors to the Humane Societies' websites and increased the number of kitty adoptions.
On a bizarre and vaguely menacing additional note: the company that made this system possible is working on a plan where you'll be able to feed lions at the zoo using meat attached to a robotic arm that you control. So whereas normally the phrase "the lion ate the meat off my arm!" would be a bad thing, soon it will be delightful!
(via PC World)