Monday, March 20, 2017

Are You Watching Me Now? Petcube Play™

Does your human ever wonder what you are up to during the day while she is away from home or when she is out of town?  Does your human wish she could interact with you when she isn't physically at home?  Do you like to chase the infamous red dot?  Does your human need to monitor you are sick?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have a solution for you.
Truffle and the Petcube Play box
Truffle wonders if Mom Paula is watching her now



The Petcube Play™ is an interactive pet camera that allows you to see, talk to, and play with your cats from your smart phone.  The Petcube Play is a redesigned and more compact camera (3' x 3" x 3") that has 2-way audio where you can talk to and hear your pets.  You can set up your smart phone to notify you when the is a sound or motion at home so you can watch what is happening.  The video streams in 1080p HD video with 138 degree wide angle view.  The camera has night vision where you can see what is happening in low to no light conditions.  The Petcube Play is both iOS and Android compatible, so you should be able to use it with any smart phone.
Photo courtesy Petcube

The Petcube Play is available in three colors:  Matte Silver, Carbon Black, and Rose Gold. We chose the Carbon Black because it blended in with our home decor with the technology equipment, although the Rose Gold would be our favorite color.  The Petcube Play has a 3x digital zoom where your human can see you up close.  You can't use the laser when the camera is in zoom mode, but your human can still talk to you and see a close-up view of what you are doing.  

Photo courtesy Petcube

Not only can your human watch and interact with you with the Petcube Play, she can take still photos and videos.  Mom Paula saves a photo and the video to her smartphone and transfers it to her computer when she gets home.  Petcube offers video cloud recording service with Petcube Care for 10 or 30 days of history.  A free 30-day Petcube Care trial is included with every Petcube device purchase and starts when you activate your device.
A still photo from the Petcube Play (Truffle in chair watching the door and Brulee on the floor beside chair)

One of the unique features we like about this camera is the built-in laser toy.  Your human can turn on the laser toy when watching you her smartphone and move it around so there can be interactive play. We love this feature.  The only problem Mom Paula has is that she has a smaller smartphone, so she can't really see the dot through the phone.  We can definitely see it and the dot is clear when watching the video.



This past weekend, Truffle became ill and had to be rushed to the vet.  Mom Paula had several errands to run and Grandpa Paul was rushed back to the hospital, so Mom Paula couldn't be home to monitor Truffle.  It was so comforting for Mom Paula to turn on her Petcube app on her smartphone and see Truffle resting on the blanket in the warm sunbeam.  Mom Paula was able to talk to Truffle and Truffle looked at her.  This "peace of mind" was all Mom Paula needed to verify the importance of the Petcube Play pet camera. Petcube talks about leaving your pets at home when humans must be away.



Mom Paula also likes to talk to us a lot and the Petcube Play allows her to communicate with us when she's away from home.  She loves to turn on the Petcube app and turn on the sound and call our names and see us walking into the room.  Truffle and Brulee haven't quite figured out where the voice is coming from yet, but they do respond to Mom Paula's voice.



Mom Paula was curious what we do when she drives into the driveway after being gone all day, so she turned on the Petcube app on her smart phone and was happy to see Truffle and Brulee waiting in front of the door for her.



We do recommend you find a high location to place the camera so your cats won't be tempted to jump in front of it and look into the laser like Truffle did.  Our house it pretty dark, so most of our videos are dark unless Mom Paula remembers to open the blinds and uses the camera during the late afternoon.  The camera was easy to set up - just take out of the box, plug it in, download the app, and connect to your wifi.  There is a lot more you can do with the Petcube Play such as Facebook live, share videos, and visit other homes.  We've kept ours on private for now.


Brulee recommends the Petcube Play

The Petcube Play is available for $199 and you can purchase it from the Petcube website. We're very tempted to purchase additional cameras so Mom Paula can monitor us in other parts of the house. 

20 comments:

  1. Great review ! The PetCube sounds easy to set up, and the videos have a good quality. It looks like a good product. Purrs

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  2. Having a sick kitty and parent at the same time is about as overwhelming as it gets. I hope everyone is feeling better. Petcube certainly sounds like a godsend in cases like this!

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  3. We have a regular PetCube and the mom thinks it's so cool. She was away for a weekend, many miles away, and could talk to us while she was gone. We couldn't figure out how she was doing it. Great review!

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  4. Our Mom would love to have one of those. She is not gone from home often,but would like to see us when she does

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  5. That was a great review! But I'm not sure how I'd feel about being... spied on! My human actually wishes she could take one on the road with us because sometimes she worries about me when I'm in the hotel room and she's out somewhere.

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  6. mom loves having our camera for the kittens.

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  7. It's great that you were able to use the PetCube to watch your baby, especially when she wasn't feel well.

    We are super scared of anything with laser pointers after we unintentionally "broke" one of our dogs with one. He's been neurotic and on edge ever since. I didn't even know that could happen until we took him to the vet afterwards. Our cat used to love playing with it, but unfortunately we now live in a no laser pointer household.

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  8. Glad to see you were able to find comfort and know that Truffle was doing fine while you were out by watching her through the camera. We have a similar camera and it's nice to be able to see what our fur kids are up too :)

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  9. What a great review! The PetCube looks like it's very easy to set up and use even for a novice like me! I love how it can bring comfort to pet owners who have to be away during the day. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. This is so cool! What a great product, it can give you so much peace of mind. I'm glad it's working well for you & the kitties. I hope Grandpa Paul and Truffle are both OK!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  11. This is so cool! What a great product, it can give you so much peace of mind. I'm glad it's working well for you & the kitties. I hope Grandpa Paul and Truffle are both OK!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  12. I've heard such great things about this product. It's fun to read about it with your kitties.

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  13. I love reading about all these new gadgets, they amaze me. thank you for sharing

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  14. We know it's a relief to be able to monitor our seniors on the Petcube. I am on the Petcube mailing list and it is SO useful (you get first dibs on discounts!!!!!)

    Thank goodness you had it for when Truffle was ill!!

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  15. I so want to try one of these cameras. Keep hoping I will win a giveaway, LOL. Ruby has pretty bad separation anxiety and I always worry about her when I am at work or travel. Would love to be able to check up on her and I think hearing my voice would really comfort her.

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  16. This is such a great product. I think I'm going to join the mailing list too! ~Dear Mishu

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  17. That Petcube looks like a great product. It's on my wishlist for sure. Thanks for sharing it and the cute videos.

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  18. We LOVE our Petcube! You girls are so cute.

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