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Petcube Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera: HD 1080p Video, 2-Way Audio, Night Vision and Interactive Laser Toy. Video Camera to Monitor Your Dog or Cat with Sound and Motion Alerts (As seen on TODAY & Ellen)
- 1080p HD VIDEO and NIGHT VISION: Monitor your pet any time of the day in clear HD video with 138° wide angle view. See your fur kid up close with 3x zoom
- TWO-WAY AUDIO: Hear and speak to your pet when you are away. Say hello and let them know you love them. And if they are up to no good, tell them to stop
- SOUND and MOTION DETECTION: Get instantly notified of major disturbances in your home. Whenever the sound or motion is detected, Petcube app sends a push notification to your smartphone. Use optional cloud recording service Petcube Care to capture videos of the action. Catch the best moments of your pet!
- BUILT-IN LASER TOY: interact remotely via a human and pet safe laser toy controlled from your phone, or set to autoplay mode to play and exercise your pet. Optional feature (can be turned on and off)
- CONNECTIVITY AND SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: 2.4GHz Wi-Fi with 2Mbit upload and download speed (minimum 1Mbit), a smartphone running iOS 9.3 and higher, or Android 5.1 and higher
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Petcube Play is a smart WiFi home camera for dogs, cats and other small animals with built-in laser toy. This pet monitoring system helps remedy pet separation anxiety, alleviates loneliness and gives you peace of mind. Through the Petcube App for iOS and Android phones, check in on your pets anytime or view video history to learn about their secret life whether you’re running errands or travelling around the globe in Paris, Tokyo or Sydney. You will always know what your pet is up to when you are not home. Best-in-class in terms of design, durability, and smarts.
From the Manufacturer
Petcube Play wireless pet camera with app provides an alternative and real solution to pet care allowing pet parents to watch their pets, interact and play in real-time, and train them for good behavior. Play live games with the pet laser pointer by swiping your finger across your phone’s screen or schedule autoplay mode to ensure your pet gets play and exercise.
You're always connected, never apart with Petcube Play. Through the Petcube App, watch the action in clear 1080p HD video, zoom in to view details, and see what your pet is up to in the dark with night vision. Get sound & motion alerts for disturbances, and replay their activity on a video timeline so you know your pets and home are safe and secure.
Interact and share pet selfies and hilarious videos with friends, family and followers via the Petcube App, which integrates with leading social networks including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Build your pet’s fan base with Facebook live streaming.
Our video cloud recording service, Petcube Care, captures what your pet does when you’re not there. Every new Petcube device comes with a free trial. Afterward, enjoy a 4-hour video snapshot of your pet’s activities or subscribe for up to 30 days of video history, with snapshots of your pet’s activities throughout the day.
Petcube’s social mission is to bring technology to shelters, rescue groups and foster homes. We established the Petcube Rescue Program to enhance and improve the way we care for pets in need and engage with existing and future adopters.
Petcube Play - US-plug Power Adaptor - Power Cord - Quick Start Guide
Color: Carbon Black
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It was very easy to set up, and the companion application is fantastic, too.
(My photo shows two of them in the dark. I will be getting a mountable tripod to put it somewhere where they won't mess with it. 😋 They were quick to find out where the laser and my voice were coming from. This photo cracks me up.)
Now that I have a tripod, this camera truly is amazing. The wide angle sees the entire room my boys and I are currently staying in, and the night vision works in total darkness. It gives me wonderful piece of mind. <3
The Petcube hardware looks remarkably simple - it's about a 3" x 3" x 3" cube with an anodized aluminum body and dark plastic cover on the front. The 'Cube uses a USB-C cable plus AC adapter to deliver 5V at 2A to power the camera and laser. A bottom mounted camera mount means you can quickly and easily mount the camera on tripods and other standard camera mount hardware.
I'm using Android and the accompanying Petcube App is featured on the Play Store. Downloading and installing the app is pretty easy but the experience in setting up and using the app is marred with problems. Note: you will be required to create an account (including email and password) with Petcube or log in with Facebook to use the app.
Once you have the app and you're logged in you'll begin the process of connecting your Petcube camera to your phone and the camera to your WiFi network. You must have a WiFi network to use this camera. The setup process is mostly fine but takes a longer than expected amount of time. While I didn't time the first attempt to set up the Petcube Play with my phone and network I'd guess it was roughly 10-mintues. My patience finally paid off when the app informed me the Play was ready to go! Only the Petcube app promptly crashed when I attempted to connect my phone to the camera (via the app). And it crashed again, and again, and again. And every subsequent attempt after that using my (ill-fated) Galaxy Note S7.
I finally opted to completely abort the connection, deleted the app from my phone and reset the 'Cube using the reset button that's inconveniently located in a small hole in the bottom of the device. Petcube covers the process in the instructions but doesn't provide the tool depicted in their own instructions for resetting the device. So I found a toothpick that was slender enough to do the job. After completely starting over: downloading the app, connecting to the Play through the app and getting the camera ready to use... the app promptly crashed again. Alas, it's not meant to be. Note S7 what could've been...
My Note S7 has since gone back to Samsung so I tested the app again with my wife's Galaxy S7. This, of course, requires using my trusty toothpick to reset the camera and go through the entire setup process again. This time though my efforts were rewarded! The app not only succeeded in connecting the camera to my network but I was able to get streaming video on the S7! This was pretty shortlived, however, as anytime the phone screen locks I would be prompted to connect to the camera again (through the app) where connection failed every time. In order to get the streaming video to work, I actually had to go through the entire setup process again, starting by resetting the Petcube Play camera... you guessed it, with my trusty toothpick. Arrrgh!
At this point, I'm mostly done with this camera. Had I purchased the Petcube it would be promptly going back to Amazon for a refund. Since I received it for free (sort of) I'm going to attempt to test this camera with a friend's iPhone and see if maybe it's just an issue with Samsung, Android or both. I'm inclined to think that I received a dud given the rest of the reviews here.
I was really looking forward to snooping in on my two dogs and seeing what they're up to (sleeping) but for now that isn't possible with the Petcube Play. There's probably a good product lurking here somewhere but set up is a chore and the process lacks refinement. Not recommended.
I wanted to be able to share the feed- but it's made "secure" within the Petcube app on our devices- there's no simple way to send a link to someone and say, "here, watch my lazy kitty napping." (I can do that with my IP cameras no problem. However, the setup for that IS a lot more involved than the simple "plug it in and go" that you get from the Petcube. So, tradeoffs.)
Next, I need to address the laser... It's neat- and fun to have SOME form of interation with my cat that I know she enjoys. Unfortunately, like a lot of reviewers have stated, the laser control IS, in fact, a little buggy and laggy- and the calibration (so it shines where you tap/swipe on your ipad/iphone) leaves some things to be desired. I'm only ever able to access about 70% of the screen/view with the red dot; the "play area," if you will, is smaller than the camera image captured. No biggie, not a deal breaker- just a little disappointing.
I was a little surprised, honestly, at the image quality. I don't know what I was expecting, to be honest- but I've installed more than my fair share of webcams and IP cameras- and I'd have thought this one's quality should have been on the high-end of the spectrum. In fact, it fell far short. Images to me were grainy (regardless of light levels)- and the exposure can't seem to handle nice sunny rooms at times. (Images get "blown out.")
Last, the sound is, frankly, tinny. Think of an inexpensive bluetooth speaker- a REALLY inexpensive one. What's more- and I'm not sure if I need a software update or something, but there's a lack of sound cancellation (even my ancient logitech webcam accounts for audio coming through the speakers and doesn't feed it back to the microphone.) Makes for some fun echo sounds.
So all that, and I'm still giving it four stars???? Yup. Where this thing excels, really, is in the setup. This is something I know I could gift to anyone- and trust that I'd not have to run Tech Support for them. Frankly, it was simpler to set up than my EchoDot (and that's dead simple.)
I don't think I'm necessarily the target audience for this, but for those that are, it's a well thought-out and sleekly packaged product/service.
I'm including a still shot of my cat in her room (which is right next to the office with the router and such, btw)- so you can see the quality and judge for yourselves. Additionally, the night-vision video (night vision is, admittedly, very cool)- this was recorded while I was home, on the same wifi network (in fact, I was in the office one room over)- so that's about as good of a control over the pointer as you can get. It's not bad- but it's not what I was hoping/expecting.