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Petcube Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera
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- View live video in HD with a wide angle lens
- Exercise and play with a built-in laser toy
- Customize access for friends and family
- Capture and share photos and videos
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Petcube is an interactive pet camera that lets you watch, talk to and play with your pets from your smartphone when you’re away from home. Beautifully designed with an interactive laser toy, your pets will enjoy regular playtime and exercise. No more sad goodbyes! Now your furry friends are just one tap away.
From the Manufacturer
Check in on your furry friend
Access and control the Petcube Camera via the Petcube app. With the optional Petcube Care subscription (cloud-based video recorded timeline), rewind and review 10 or 30 days of video history. A free 1-month trial is included.
Play and interact remotely
To activate the built-in laser toy, use your finger on the app screen to control the laser. Autoplay mode for the laser is available if you’re too busy or need extra playtime for your pet.
Be a part of the community
Engage and join the conversation with thousands of pet lovers across the globe. Share your photos & videos, tips and experiences with fellow pet enthusiasts. You can also directly share to your favorite social networks and #petcube.
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Color: Matte Silver
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The camera is sleek and well designed and is an attractive part of my living room—think the sleekness of an apple product. It is easy to set up in theory but I had difficulty in practice: I couldn’t get the petcube to connect to my wifi network. After changing some settings and disabling my network password, I got the camera to connect easily. I do not yet know if the password was giving it the problem, or if it started working based on the settings I changed. In either case, once the petcube saw the internet connection, setup was a breeze.
I have three cats and two of them are pretty active, so I got this camera both to check in on them when I am at work/on vacation, and to provide them with some extra stimulation during the day. The camera and laser pointer do just that. I am able to see my cats and interact with them, and this has given me an incredible peace of mind, especially when I’ve been on vacation. The camera's wide lens (138 degrees) lets me view a large portion of my room and the camera quality, while not perfect (video is 720p streaming), is satisfactory and does its job.
You interact with your pet by moving your finger around on the screen in the application, which moves a laser. Unlike other people have reported, I can see the laser on my iphone screen (see the attached pictures). The new version of the app also allows you to calibrate the laser so it is actually aimed at where your finger is. You can also enable audio, so you can talk to your pet and hear them. My cats think this is really weird and aren’t huge fans.
The sharing modes are also nice—my family and friends can interact with my pets even when I’m unavailable. Sometimes when I’m cooking and my cats are being annoying, I’ll set the camera to public sharing and allow strangers to amuse them and get them out of my hair! One negative feature was you used to be unable to turn off sound for public sharing, so I would hear strangers’ voices in my living room. Luckily the new version of the application lets you disable sound while sharing.
Now some downsides:
1) No night vision, so I can’t play with my cats when the house is dark. I have included two images in this review: one in bright daylight and one in very dim light. When it is completely dark, I can only see a laser moving around but not my cats.
2) It would be nice if there was a beep or other sound to alert the cats that the petcube has been turned on.
3) You can take pictures of your pets while you interact with them, but there is no video feature.
4) It would be nice if there were movement detection so I would know when my cats were being active and ready to play
5) Some similar products dispense treats. Not that my cats need more to eat…
6) Customer support is lacking—when I had problems connecting my petcube to wifi (see above), they were unhelpful. Granted, it was right when all the kickstarter petcubes went out, so I’m guessing they were swamped. I still expected more.
Given the above flaws, I might hold out on buying at the $200 price point until some features are added: they’ve been very good about updating the app to add new features like laser calibration, ability to turn off sound, etc. All of this being said, I have really enjoyed being able to interact with and play with my cats while I’m away from them, particularly when I’m on trips. Beyond that, it has given me peace of mind when I’m away since I tend to worry about them!
The Petcube itself:
The Cube itself feels very substantial when compared to other pet cameras. The cube is wrapped in silver sand blasted aluminum which gives a premium feel and stability to avoid knockdowns. It has a rubber pad on the bottom to avoid slipping on slick surfaces and a tripod mount for placement closer to my dog’s play area. I happened to have a cheap camera tripod which the cube screwed right into, but chose to place it on the counter to avoid running a cable across the room.
The camera itself is slightly tilted down which allowed me to placement the cube on a table without having to tilt the entire camera down – nice! The laser pointer is remote controlled and has a wide range of motion.
Setup and Use:
The Cube is controlled via downloadable Petcube app – free in the Appstore. I’m the type of person who throws the instruction manual into the garbage as these days everything is pretty self-explanatory. The setup ended-up being a little tricky, but I was able to figure it out within a couple of minutes. I had to pair the cube (via the App) with my account and home wifi -> this is done via the “Me” tab and clicking “Add a Petcube Camera”. Once the pairing process was complete I was up and running.
Once I had the feed streaming, I moved the laser pointer around my dog who promptly tried to catch it! I also was able to get him to sit/lie down and get in his bed via the built in speaker. It was fairly entertaining to say the least, he looked pretty dumbfounded as I wasn’t in the room, but hey, when owner says “sit” you sit.
One of the AWESOME features the App has is the ability to broadcast your feed (and control of sound/laser!) to friends/family or publicly. You can let other people in the cloud control your petcube and play with your pet when you are away. Usually there is a bunch of other people broadcasting; I spent a good 30 minutes playing with cats from around the world!
I definitely recommend this to any pet lover. It is a neat concept and the ability to remote control the laser pointer blows other pet cams out of the water.