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. The video below explains the backstory behind the project:

Petcube has already been named second best new Ukraine startup by iForum and is hoping to launch a Kickstarter campaign once its prototype is fully developed for mass production. Are there other robotic systems that could allow homeowners to complete daily household tasks from a remote location?


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