Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The most pampered pets in the world? Two rabbits live life of luxury in a £10,000 HUTCH

Decked out in pinewood and stainless steel and lit with LED spotlights, this young couple’s home is the ultimate in stylish luxury.

Each night the pair hit the hay safe in the knowledge that they have heating to keep them warm, automatic shutters to shield them from bad weather and security cameras to watch over them.

In fact, many humans wouldn’t mind the creature comforts that rabbits Hunnie and Runnie enjoy in their spacious £10,000 residence. 

Pampered: Many humans wouldn't mind the creature comforts that rabbits Hunnie (pictured right) and Runnie enjoy in their spacious £10,000 residence

Pampered pets: Jason and Mairi Batterbee built a £10,000 hutch for their rabbits Hunnie and Runnie

Remote control: Jason Batterbee keeps a close eye on his prized pets with mobile-phone operated controls and infrared security cameras

The two-storey log cabin was built by electrician Jason Batterbee – who lives in the neighbouring bungalow with wife Mairi, 37.

Even when the couple are on holiday, they can check on their pets back in Dersingham, Norfolk, by viewing the camera feeds on a laptop and operating the hutch’s controls via mobile phone.

Each time they send a command, they receive an automatic text message to assure them it’s been carried out.

However, technology hasn’t yet come up with a solution for feeding time – which is taken over by friends when the couple go away.

Mr Batterbee, 41, said: ‘It took a lot of time and effort but if you think what people spend on their children this is nothing in comparison.

‘They could be considered the most pampered pets in the world but they are worth it.

‘The cameras even have an infra-red facility so we can check on them after dark.’

The custom-built hutch weighs a ton and is 7ft 6in wide and 4ft high.

It also boasts a ceiling fan to keep the rabbits cool on warm days beneath a roof covered with felt and shingle, and is connected to a 12 volt battery power supply.

Plush: The huge air-conditioned £10,000 rabbit cage is one any house bunny would be envious of

Fancy fixtures and fittings: Not only does the hutch have infrared security cameras for night monitoring, it also has pine shelves and stainless steel rails

Constant feed: Mr Batterbee is able to watch the camera images on his laptop computer

Two-tiered: Hunnie the rabbit negotiates the ramp up to the first floor of her luxury home

The large hutch is equally impressive at night, thanks to exterior and interior light fixtures

Lookout: Mr Batterbee keeps an eye on his pets from the comfort of his own living room thanks to an in-built hutch CCTV system

Not such hidden treasure: Owner dies in poverty while Renaissance 'bric-a-brac' worth £147,000 sits on his shelf for 30 years

Sculpture is believed to have been crafted by a European artist working in Italy during the Renaissance
The unknown artist's work was inspired by ancient Roman and Greek sculpture
A bronze statue of the Greek god Zeus dismissed as interesting 'bric-a-brac' on a shelf for 30 years turned out to be a Renaissance classic worth AUS$225,150 (£147,000).

Australian Denis Warrington-Fry bought the 25in high figure in the 1970s for less than AUS$200.

Unbeknown to him the statue was in fact a genuine piece of work by a Renaissance artist.

The figure's true value only came to light after Mr Warrington-Fry died aged 80 and his estate sold at auction.

Hidden treasure: 25in bronze statue of Greek god Zeus dismissed as 'bric-a-brac' but worth AUS$225,150
An anonymous buyer from London splashed out the staggering sum for the statue on Sunday.

It has not been confirmed who created the work but it is rumoured to be a famous European artist.

Mr Warrington-Fry picked up the statue from an antique shop in Sydney, Australia.

Tragically, his house fell into disrepair and he struggled to pay the bills unaware he had a valuable statue on the mantelpiece.

Friend Geoff Northausen said: 'It's hard to imagine what he might have done with the money had he known the figurine was worth this much.' 

The statue was sold by auctioneers Vickers and Hoad in Sydney.

Director Colin Vickers said: 'When we finished bidding there was a bit of applause and everyone was in shock - I needed to take a drink of water and compose myself.'

Samsung has said that it will start to ship 'bendy screened' gadgets in the first half of 2012 - with the first 'flexible' gizmos on the market certain to be mobile phones.
At technology shows, the Korean company has also demonstrated flexible screens just 0.3mm thick.
But its latest video demo shows off truly out-there technology - a 'tablet of the future' that offers instant translation, video, and a level of 3D beyond anything yet available.

Samsung's transparent, flexible AMOLED screen isn't as wacky as it seems - the company has already promised that it will ship flexible AMOLED devices in 2012, starting with mobile phones

This is where it all starts to get a little far-fetched - the screen seems to be able to 'throw' a holographic 3D image so solid it looks like you could touch it. Glasses-free 3D does exist - but it doesn't look like this

The screen has the functions of a high-end tablet computer - and appears to be able to translate instantly from French into Korean

The Galaxy Skin phone will be so flexible you can roll it up - and may be in shops early next year

But while Samsung's video demo might be 'concept technology', factories in the Far East are already working on 'real' versions - flexible phones that will hit the market in early 2012.

Both Samsung and Nokia are working on the technology.

During a company results conference, investor relations chief Robert Yi said, 'The flexible display, we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part.'

Yi said that the first devices to ship with flexible screens would be phones.

Other possible applications include 'foldable' iPad-style tablets.

It's not an out-there prediction, either.

Rival smartphone giant Nokia unveiled a basic prototype of the Nokia Kinectic - a bendable smartphone - at Nokia World

Kinectic allowed users to bend the screen to control functions such as music and video.

Nokia refuses to say when its Kinectic smartphones will be on sale.

Earlier Samsung demonstrations have shown off OLED screens which can be folded over.

The company demonstrated 'bendable' AMOLED screens 4.5 inches across and just 0.3mm thick in January this year.

Another paper by Samsung scientists showed off an AMOLED screen with a section that could be folded over completely without cracking.

Earlier this year, reports leaked that Samsung had the capacity to manufacture large amounts of such screens by 'early 2012' - but no one knew what they might be for.

Pictures of a concept phone using the technology - the Galaxy Skin (pictured) - also appeared.

Skin was a project carried out by design students using the Samsung logo and Galaxy trademark.

Samsung's Galaxy Skin - unveiled as a concept earlier this year - could be on sale as early as Spring 2012, according to recent reports

Layers of 'Graphene' - atom-thick layers of carbon - will be used to create paper-thin 'foldable' screens in the Samsung Galaxy Skin

'Flexible' screens have been demonstrated in various forms since as early as 2004 - with tech insiders suggesting that laptops or e-Book readers might one day take the form of a 'pen' housing a processor with a 'sheet' of paper-like screen wrapped around them.