Camera and toy enables owners to remotely entertain pets with their iPhone
iPet Companion has already enabled internet users to remotely entertain cats in rescue shelters, and now a new device is bringing a similar idea into the home. Petcube is a camera and robotic laser that lets owners check up on their dog or cat when they’re out of the house, as well as play with them.
Developed by Ukraine-based trio Alex Neskin, Yaroslav Azhnyuk and Andrey Klen, the Petcube takes the form of a stylish 10 x 10 x 10 cm box containing a wide angle camera, microphone and speaker. The device is connected to the household’s wifi and – through the Petcube mobile app – owners can then view a live video stream of their pet from any location. The speaker allows users to call their pets if they’re not in view, and the system also features a controllable laser pointer that can entertain the animals. Those downloading the app don’t need to have a Petcube – or even a pet – but can browse the public live feeds and play with other people’s pets.