Recently, results of a study on mice indicates that excessive use of the hamster wheel (exercise) can lead to the dulling of their little brains' power. If you own a pet that is caged and most likely bored out of its skull, you may appreciate this product.
I propose creating a Video Game for animals
to use in their little quarters. This game would be more of an electronic learning tool and/or measure of (hopefully) increasing intelligence, as well as a toy to occupy the pet's time.
Rather than dumbing your hamster down by confining it to a tiny cage, keep it occupied and interested in an ever-changing world. This device must have varying levels and "learn" along with the animal using it, so the animal is constantly encouraged to use its brain power a little more each time.
A reward system should be in place for correct responses, and be based on studies finding which of various types of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations would appeal to the pet. Food rewards may not be the best for all cases, as smarter animals may get fat. Basically, as your pet becomes more interested in the game, it would be encouraged to learn more and use other parts of its wee brain.
Breaks would also be built into the system, to ensure the little guys don't get obsessed over the game and go bonkers.
Leave the wheel in the cage, so they can still run around and vary their activities, but by adding another activity that may enhance their intelligence, you can feel less guilty about keeping animals in captivity.
*This product must be tested on animals before being sold. Also, no promises will be made regarding your animal's increasingly cunning escape attempts.