Zap your pet's blues away with Petcube laser pointer

Petcube is a smartphone-controlled Webcam that shines a laser spot around when you're out. It might make you feel less guilty about leaving little Rover home alone.

Petcube
Rocky poses with a prototype for Petcube, which keeps him entertained when he's alone. Petcube

If you feel bad about leaving Fluffy home alone, consider giving her the laser treatment.

Petcube is stylish box that lets you play with your pet when you're away. It beams leasers around the room while you control it from afar via smartphone.

Connected to your home Wi-Fi network, Petcube is a 4-inch cube that has a wide-angle camera, microphone, and low-intensity laser pointer.

The prototype is made of glass and aluminum and is being developed by robot enthusiast Alex Neskin, along with Yaroslav Azhnyuk, and Andrey Klen. The Ukranian startup recently showed it off at Seedcamp Week Berlin.

Credit for Petcube goes in part to Neskin's chihuahua, which goes nuts for lasers.

"I came up with the idea for Petcube when I had a real problem with my dog Rocky," Neskin tells CNET. "It couldn't get used to our new place and spent hours barking at the door. Neighbors were not quite happy with that noise.

"So I used an Arduino platform to build a device with a camera and a laser to check on Rocky from time to time and entertain it with a moving red dot. Suddenly, all of my fellow pet owners wanted such a gadget, and that's how the idea for a business appeared. We are doing this because we want to help people to keep in touch with their pets from anywhere."

Neskin and his colleagues hope to launch Petcube on Kickstarter in August or September. They're developing an app that will let users and their friends access Petcube to play with and monitor their pets.

Check out Neskin's story in the video here.

 

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