Petcube camera is one of the first and most successful interactive pet cameras on the market today. It has helped people all over the world stay in touch with their pets at home.
Opening the box is quite uneventful. There is only a small 4” cube inside with a cable and a quick start guide.
Setting up Petbox is about as easy as it gets. We plugged it in, used the app to connect to the device and entered our Wifi password. If you would run into any problems, Petcube has a very responsive support desk. We didn’t get to test it because we didn’t need it.
The Petcube camera has 720P resolution and streams directly through your Wifi. The camera gave us a crisp and smooth image with plenty of colors. The only weakness is that it needs enough light. In darker conditions, the image quality decreased. You need to keep some lights on to see anything at night. The new Petcube Play has night vision.
Being able to talk and listen to your pet requires a good speaker and microphone. Using our headphones on our phone, we could hear our dogs walking around. We couldn’t hear our cats, but they walk very softly. We can’t hear them when we are in the room either. So it’s fair to say that the sound quality is good enough to make it seem that you are actually in the room. Without headphones, the sound level of your surroundings play a big part in how much you can hear.
Web Interface and Smartphone App
Petcube comes with an app for both IOS and Android. It’s immediately clear that the engineers took great care to create an intuitive and stable app. We never had any problems. It’s easy to start recording and take snapshots. The images and video have great quality as long as it’s not too dark. This is a great way to make video’s and photos of your pets that you just can’t get when you are in the room.
Laser pointer to play
What sets the Petcube camera apart is its laser pointer that can be controlled through any smartphone or the website. It is designed and tested to be safe for pets, so you don’t hurt their eyes. We had a lot of fun with this game. Our cat is pretty crazy about laser pointers. Controlling the movement is very straightforward and takes little time to learn. The laser pointer reacts responsively with little to no lag. This is essential to get your pet to chase it.
The Company Has Introduced A Petcube For Shelters Program
This is a new, and possibly game changing way to help connect shelter cats and dogs with new owners. One of the problems with most shelters is that there are far too many abandoned pets and too few people wanting to adopt.
But, by placing Petcubes in the shelters and allowing their access to be shared freely, many more animals have a higher chance of adoption than in the past. Prospective animal adopters can play with their future pet for as long as they’d like before they decide to adopt, creating a lasting bond that will endure.
Since the access to the shelter pets is nationwide, and even worldwide, the number of pets that can find good owners should eventually soar, with far fewer being euthanized for lack of a good home.
To sum it up
- The first really successful interactive Pet camera
- Solid performance
- Solid and intuitive app
- Cool design
- No night vision
- No treat dispenser
If you want to have fun with your cat or dog while away from home, then the Petcube Camera is our recommendation for amazing value and solid performance.
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