For those doting pet owners, Petcube comes up with their first product, the Petcube Camera and the company has raised $2.6 million for their maiden venture.
A part of Y Combinator’s winter 2016 class, Petcube aims to bring together pet care and the connected home to improve the lives of our pets. The round comes from Almaz Capital, Y Combinator, and AVentures Capital, and brings Petcube’s total funding to $3.8 million to date.
Every pet owner might go through that remorseful feeling of leaving the pet behind when they go out. Nothing helps to keep track of their movements when the masters aren’t there.
Petcube Camera Team
The idea for Petcube struck Alexi Neskin,a co-founder, when his puppy Rocky suffered from separation anxiety and boredom when left alone. He thought of ways to keep in touch with his puppy throughout the day. This was the beginning of Petcube. CEO Yaroslav Azhnyuk and CDO Andrey Klen jumped on board to bring the idea to fruition.
The trio started out as part of the HAXLR8R hardware accelerator in 2013. These guys make sure that the products for pets are as well-designed and with as much care as products for humans are and this mantra has carried them a long way since 2013.
The $199 Petcube Camera primarily connects to your home Wi-Fi and has a built-in app controlled laser toy that enables you to entertain your bored pet. 5mW 3R class laser is certified and safe for pets according to Petcube’s website.
Sitting at your office desk, Petcube’s wide angle camera that streams HD720p videos will help you watch your pet pounce and roll .The built- in microphone and speaker lets your pet hear your loving coos.
Petcube Camera Crowdfunding
Petcube had a successful Kickstarter launch for the Petcube camera. The company has crossed the initial $100,000 goal to reach $250,000 from eager buyers confirming the notion that staying connected with your pet throughout the day was something many pet owners desired. The company is now focusing on expanding distribution and building more pet -focused products with the new funds.
The pet tech landscape will grow and expand as far as the competition. Activity trackers, smart food dispensers and smart litter boxes are flooding the markets and many other products being built for pets are in the early stages of development.
Some pet owners leave a TV on while gone or use home monitoring technology to keep an eye on their animals and to entertain them. But those do not offer the ability to interact with the animals and that’s where Petcube Camera stands apart.
Petcube app is for those who do not have a pet. In U.S9 there are around 30 pet shelters with Petcube Cameras allowing Petcubes community to get to know shelter pets from far afar. This can also facilitate pet adoptions.
Petcube, Amazon, Brookstone, Best Buy and Fryes have good stock of $199 Petcube Camera.