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Lydur Gudmundsson’s guide to PetCube

Lydur Gudmundsson here again! I recently came across a really cool device that I think you, my dear dog-owners, might appreciate to learn about. Sometimes it feels like everything is becoming more techy and I’m happy that pet owners have not be left ignored in these developments.

I know that many of you miss your pets when you are away from them, either because you are traveling somewhere on holiday and taking them with you on the plane isn’t necessarily the best option, or because you are moving out of your family home to go to university. These are just two examples and I’m sure you can share many more (and feel free to do so, I’d love to hear about them). My point is that this is one of the worst feelings out there. In other cases, you might live alone, and when you’re out and about you might get worried about your beloved mutt.

Very fortunately for us, a very brave and creative start-up found a solution, which they called PetCube. They secured funding for it through Kickstarter, probably from people who are as passionate about their pets as you and me, and started manufacturing it.

So what is it? Well, it’s a webcam for you to communicate with your pet. You leave the PetCube at home, install the app on your phone, and open it whenever you want to see your dog. For those of you who have cats as well as dogs, you might be delighted to find out that the cube has a built in laser pointer so that you can play with your cat (don’t know why you’d have a cat if you already have a dog, but I won’t judge). And the company promises excellent video quality to ensure a better experience. It also comes with a motion detector that triggers automatic video recording so that you are up to date with all of your pet’s happenings (though I can imagine other uses for this kind of thing as well)

Apparently, the company is working on an updated version of the webcam that comes with a treat dispenser. So you can tell your dog to sit and then reward him with a treat without actually being there! All of this is quite nifty! The only thing left is for an app that will get my dog to address me as “Lydur Gudmundsson” not just woof woof!

So what do you think of this, dear readers? On my part, I’ll say the following. I think it looks very cool, the product itself is sleek and wouldn’t look out of place in a living room. It looks well designed as far as motion detectors, lasers, HD quality, and treat dispensers. It basically has all the bells and whistles. BUT, I am convinced that it cannot replace your actual presence for the pet. And, I have to wonder how the pet feels about hearing your voice from an object that looks nothing like you. I guess it’s something it can’t hurt to have, but it’s obviously not a real replacement.

For now, the Lydur Gudmundsson household will remain without one, but if any of you have one, let me know, I would love to know about your experience with it!

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