Ain’t it heartbreaking when you leave your pooch alone, at home, while you go out for the day? You are just as anxious how your dog is as he or she is as anxious in seeing you? Yeah, you can invest in a home security system to watch your pooch, but where’s the fun in that? You can’t play with your pooch or interact with it, and both of you will just be so bored and poochie will instead be leaving little presents all over your house. You don’t want that, do you?
Well, that’s no longer. Oh, and it also works on cats. You may now put back your chequebook for buying the new furniture your dog peed on and your cat clawed up.
Petcube, a smart gadget that allows users to watch, talk and play with pets. In addition to a low-intensity laser beam, Petcube comes equipped with a wide-angle video camera, a microphone and speakers, all encompassed in a durable aluminum 4-inch cube. A Wi-Fi connection allows users to monitor and play with their pets from anywhere in the world.
“In the last four months, Petcube has gone from a concept and early prototype to a manufacturing-ready device,” CEO Yaroslav Azhnyuk said. “The Kickstarter campaign launching today will help us fund production of the first batch of Petcubes, and pledges start at $99, which is half of the expected retail price.”
A mobile application developed by the Petcube team runs the interaction process. Users can see their pet and use joystick-like controls overlaid on the video stream to move the laser pointer all over the room. If the pet is in a different room, built-in speakers and a microphone allow users to talk to their friend from afar.
Petcube allows owners to share access with friends and have full control over who can access their Petcube and when. Users can share photos and videos of their animals on social media. In the future, Petcube plans to install devices in shelters so people can play with the public cats and dogs.
The idea for Petcube was born from founder Alex Neskin’s need to solve his own problem, as well as his love for his Chihuahua, Rocky. After complaints from neighbors, Neskin, a robotics enthusiast and programmer, made a controlled webcam to see what was happening while he was away.
“Rocky was sitting by the door and barking when anyone walked by,” Neskin said. “It was then I understood that he needed a distraction – something to do while I wasn’t home. I added an app-controlled laser beam to the device, allowing me to play Rocky’s favorite game with him even when I wasn’t home.”
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