Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Miss Your Pets Less With the Petcube Play Camera

Do you miss your pets during the day? Do you wonder what they’re up to when you’re not around? Do you get stressed at work on a busy day and the only thing that could possibly help you are your pets? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Petcube has the perfect solution for you; the Petcube Play pet camera. 


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I had the opportunity to speak with the Petcube folks at BlogPaws last year. I was intrigued with their product and was very excited when they contacted me to review the Petcube Play. 


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I was fairly sure I would enjoy the Petcube Play, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really do like it! Read on for some more information. 


What is Petcube Play?

Petcube Play is a wifi enabled camera that lets you check in on your pets and interact with them via your smartphone. You can see and record live video, and even speak to them through the microphone. (My cats LOVE this!) A laser toy is installed in the unit so you can play with your fur babies anytime. (You can also use the auto play mode so they have some exercise and playtime when you’re not there.) 

It’s very simple to use. All you have to do is plug in the unit, download the app and follow the setup process. I do admit I had to go through the setup on the app a couple of times, but I finally got it. 


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What’s in the box? 

The Petcube Play is nicely and securely packaged (in a cute box with an adorable cat on the side. Who can resist an adorable cat?)  Inside you will find: 


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  • Petcube Play Unit
  • Power Source
  • Reset pin
  • Start Guide
  • Cute little stickers

How does it work? 

You can set your Petcube Play on a table top or attach it to a tripod. 




It worked better for me on a tripod because I leave the unit on the floor. Open the app and play with your pets. It’s that easy! 

There is a motion detection setting that will record video when movement is sensed. Lexy very quickly learned that the red dot came from the Petcube Play, and has taken to stalking the unit. 


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 This video was taken via the motion detector, and it cracks me up! 




The night view is great. I snapped this photo while I was playing with the girls one night. 


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And this little video was captured at night through the motion detector. 



The streaming video is very good quality. I have not experienced any graininess or freezing. 



Petcube Play Features

  • Streams 1080p HD video
  • 138 degrees wide angle view
  • 3X digital zoom
  • Night vision for low light conditions
  • Compatible with IOS 8 and Android 4.0 or newer
  • Play with your pet with the built-in laser toy (with auto play mode)
  • Sound and motion alerts directly to your phone
  • 2-way audio with built-in speaker and microphone
  • Choice of Matte Silver, Carbon Black or Rose Gold 

The photo capture allows you to snap a photo and share it immediately on social media directly from the app.(Photos and videos can be saved directly to your smartphone as well.) You can also share your camera with other family members so they can enjoy the cuteness of your pets.  


Petcube Care Cloud Service

Every Petcube Care device comes with a 30-day free trial to the Petcube Care cloud recording service. This not only gives you peace of mind that your pet is OK, but it also lets you know that your home is secure as well. Subscriptions allow for either 10 or 30 days of cloud recorded history, which you can access via the Petcube App on your phone.  The 10-day subscription runs $10 per month, and the 30-day subscription runs $30 per month. You can save on each plan with an annual subscription. 


Tips

  • Make sure your camera is private! You don't want anyone accessing your camera. 
  • If you turn on the motion detector, make sure you put it on sleep when you get home...




..otherwise, you will have LOTS of video of you talking to your pets. (No, I won’t be sharing that!) 

Those of you reading this know that we here at Lola The Rescued Cat love companies that help shelters. Petcube helps shelters connect future pet parents with adoptable pets. Future pet parents (and shelter staff as well) can play with the pets looking for their forever homes anytime right from their smartphone. Your shelter can sign up here for free to see how Petcube can help them. I watched a couple of shelters through the app and I loved it!

I admit I wonder what my cats do when I’m not around. And when I’m having a particularly stressful day I miss their presence near me. Today was one of those days and I decided I needed to take two minutes to myself. I opened up the Petcube app on my phone, called Lexy through the two-way mic, and started playing with her.  Lola is never one to miss out on something and she followed close behind. It immediately my day easier. 


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The Petcube Play also gives me peace of mind because I can check in on my girls to make sure they (and things in my home) are ok. When I travel to BlogPaws in Myrtle Beach this May I’ll be able to keep an eye on them. I have the best pet sitters, but Lola and Lexy will be alone for at least 23 hours a day. Now they can hear my voice and enjoy some interaction to break up the hours. It will definitely bring me some comfort as well. 

Would you miss your pets less if you had a Petcube Play?
Dawn




31 comments:

  1. Lexy, were you chasing your shadow in that last video? I have to say, if we had the Petcube, it might be kind of boring because Binga and Boodie sleep a lot of the day... and I'm usually with my human if she's not at home! It might be kind of fun to watch Smokey upstairs, though... my human would have loved to see her catch that mouse! (She left half of it on the carpet one day.)

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  2. What a great review and I loved the videos! Nice to know it works at night, too. I have absolutely wanted one of these forever! I keep hoping to win one in a giveaway.

    I would definitely use it during the day while I am at work.

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  3. OMC that video of Lexy stalking cracked me up too!! Great review and sounds like a really fun product.

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  4. We really did enjoy your review and that looks like it could be lots of fun!

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  5. You got some very cute videos and pictures of your girls.

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  6. That is really cool. I would love to catch Sammy in the act of peeing on the bed so I could tell him NO.

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  7. We received the regular PetCube. We're not sure we like the mom being able to watch us when she's not around.

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  8. This is so cool and the pictures and video are amazingly clear. I was especially impressed with the nighttime pictures. I've always wanted something like this. I work from home, but I really wanted to get something like this when we were on vacation. Like you, I had a pet sitter but still wanted to check on them when they were alone. Lexy is so cute and I love how Lola has to check things out too. I think Pierrot would respond like Lexy.

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  9. The video of Lexy is priceless. Her little face!! Well done with a great review and YEAH don't those ktties get up to mischief!!

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  10. I love all these pictures! The pictures alone make me want to get a Petcube! Of course, the Petcube doesn't come with Lexy or Lola so that's one drawback ;)

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  11. I honestly need to look into this. I have developed some separation anxiety when I leave my dog and this would ease my mind. He has a medical condition and I'm always worried he may have an episode. This would be great to have!

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  12. That's great, I absolutely want one camera, it makes the daily routine very interesting..

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  13. It's such a great idea, especially for those of us who hate leaving our pets and want to be able to check up on them, even from a distance. Any company that gives back, especially in any way that helps animals is worth supporting.

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  14. Is it silly that I work from home yet STILL want one ? LOL
    I think it would be fun to spy on them when they do not know I am looking.
    Plus, I DO leave the home from time to time I would love to be sure they are always safe!
    I need to get one.

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  15. Mr. N has separation anxiety so I would like to be able to keep an eye on him when we leave. We use an app now but it doesn't have great range.

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  16. This is such a cool product, I love the interactive aspect of it. Great job on the videos, the kitties are so funny!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  17. This is such a cool product, I love the interactive aspect of it. Great job on the videos, the kitties are so funny!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  18. I really enjoyed watching your cats on these videos, they are so expressive! It's nice that you can keep an eye on your babies while they are home alone. What a great product.

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  19. So cool!!! Mommy would love one of those if mes was not so old and sleeped 23 out of 24 hours a day! Truth be told, back in the OLD days, Mommy used to set up the camera on the laptop so she could see what wes was up to during the day.
    Kisses
    Nellie
    PS your videos ROCKS!

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  20. Loved the videos! I want to get one and incorporate it into my pet care business. I notified the support peeps at PetCube but didn't get to talk with them. Looks like tripod is separate, but fits very well. Is it available from PetCube?

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  21. I want one of these so badly!!! It looks awesome. I love that it has motion detection and a two-way mic. We have a camera that came with our security system, and it has motion detection and night vision, but it doesn't have audio at all. Thanks for the great review - now I need to get one for sure!

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  22. I LOVE the videos! I already knew I wanted one of these but your review makes me want one even more! Although, ignorance could be bliss in my case ;-) Thanks for the breakdown of features. I love the idea that I can chat with the dogs while I'm away!

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  23. The Pet Cube would give pet parents a lot of peace of mind. I think one of the biggest stresses about not being home is wondering if your pet is okay.

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  24. Your girls are great on camera! We love our PetCube too. It is so much fun to be able to interact with my kitties when I'm away from home. They absolutely love the laser! Maybe one day we can have a Petcube "play date". :)

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  25. We received a Petcube Play to review and Mom Paula loves it. Our house is a little dark, so we don't get as clear videos as you do, but Mom Paula can still see us. We hope to post our review this week.

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  26. I love seeing the secret life of pets and staying in touch. The PetCube looks fabulous and love your review. I talk to Kilo through my camera and app and throw him treats. I had to put it high out of reach as he knocked it over looking for me or treats inside.

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  27. eye noe this commint haz nothin ta due with this post
    but eye wanted ta say thanx 777 bazillion timez for
    yur kindnezz two me & me familee last week
    sorree for de copee N paste type for mat…….lovez all wayz
    boomer ♥

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  28. We thinks letting Mommy spy on us 24/7 might get us in lots of trouble. Thank you for coming by to say goodbye to Socks.

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  29. it is so nice to be able to keep an eye on your pets, also good when you are worried about their health too.

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