Are you feeling guilty about leaving your furry friends at home? Petcube is a video camera system that allows you to remotely tune in to the goings on while you’re out of the house. The Petcube allows you to talk to your pet or listen in and there is also a laser pointer to entertain them or you.
As the name suggests, the Petcube is a cube-shaped device measuring, yes you guessed it and even 4x4x4 inches on each side. The sides are solid aluminum and the corners are rounded while the front panel is protected by a transparent black glass panel which conceals the camera and laser pointer. In the back panel you’ll find the micro USB port and a power button. It also includes a power adapter to plug into the wall socket.
The Petcube is simple to setup with an iOS app however it is only available in an iPhone version so you’ll need to pinch on your iPad screen to get a proper view. The android version is currently only a social networking app for pet photos.
The 720p camera works well when the room is well-lit either however it does not have any night vision feature which is a shame as most pets are nocturnal.
The camera’s 138-degree lens is useful however the further back you set it and in larger rooms, the worse the picture is. If you add this to the fact that the app was intended for iPhone and not for larger screens the picture quality can be quite poor.
You can share video feeds publicly or to friends and family but only if they also use the Petcube app and only for one user at a time.
Also worth mentioning is the double tap feature to capture still images however it is not possible to capture video. So without any recording or video capture feature like most IP security cameras it can’t be used in the same way and the added laser and speaker features don’t make up for this missing feature.
So in summary the Petcube is useful and entertaining however limited in some important aspects such as sharing with groups of people or video capture.