Do you or your pet suffer from separation anxiety when you’re apart? Maybe you just want to know what Spot or Fifi are doing while you’re gone? Well, a product known as Petcube can help. Petcube is a wide-angle Wi-Fi camera with a microphone and speakers so pet owners can look at, listen to and speak directly with their pets while they’re away. The product is the brainchild of Alex Neskin, co-founder of Petcube. It seems the inventor initially created the device as a joke when he thought his dog was suffering from separation anxiety due to being apart for too long a period of time.
Petcube Interactive Wi-Fi Camera
It wasn’t long after Neskin put it to use that all of his friends wanted one for their pets, too. From there the invention began to pick up steam until Neskin teamed up with Yaroslav Azhnyuk to create Petcube, Inc., a business with designs on bringing pet care into the Wi-Fi age. Pet electronic devices have seen a significant increase in recent years as more and more people get into gadgetry. There are products like the No More Woof Headset, currently under development for translating your pup’s thoughts on a whim, and the TailTalk technology band worn on the tail that claims to understand your dog.
Pet Monitoring System
The Petcube looks like something straight out of an Apple store right down to its rounded corners and flat metal finish. Azhnyuk says that what sets the Petcube apart from other pet monitors is its custom app. Besides broadcasting video feed of your pet, the app also comes with a social network feature for allowing authorized individuals access to the feed as well. Petcube owners can allow access to their pet to other app users of the program, and they, in turn, can share images and videos of the animal on Petcube's very own social networking system that is enabled through the app.
Electronic Gadgetry for Pets
Besides speaking to and seeing your pet, the invention that looks more like a small alarm clock allows users to play with their pets beyond just monitoring them. This is achieved through things like laser pointers that you can make dance about to drive your pets crazy or for ensuring they stay physically active throughout the day. But that’s not all you can do with Petcube. You can browse the cutest pet photos and follow celebrity pets on their site, as well as discover and play with shelter animals in need of a good home. That’s right. All of this can be accomplished from your smartphone when you install the Petcube app.
Petcube for Apple Watch
Now, the company has teamed with Apple to create a state-of-the-art Petcube smartwatch so you can stay connected right from your wrist. This sleek device gives users all the features you will come to enjoy from the mobile app, if you decide to purchase one, including snapshots and posting on the Petcube social networking site. If business owners thought they had something to worry about with Facebook, you can imagine the kind of time pet owners can waste playing with and keeping tabs on their pets while posting about them during working hours. Take that, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and various other forms of social media!
Petcube’s goal back in 2013, when it was still in Kickstarter phase, was to join forces with Sphero, an electronic toy manufacturer, and PinToFeed, a company specializing in remote pet-feeding systems. In this way, the product won’t be such an autonomous or stand-alone item and will offer more versatility. Being able to provide multiple options when giving consumers a reason to buy your product or stick with it is a smart marketing move. After all, versatility and flexibility is key to success anymore when it comes to garnering shares of the business pie in your particular sector.
Reason for Being
While, as Azhnyuk says, "The purpose of Petcube is to allow you to be closer and feel closer to your pets, even when you're away," the more options they can offer customers the more likely they are to become the king of home monitoring systems for pets. Basically, Petcube is the baby monitor you can use anywhere you have Wi-Fi connectivity, and it can be found on sites like Amazon right now if you’re interested in purchasing one of them. That, or you can go directly to the Petcube website, but you might get a better deal on Amazon.