This Device Lets You Play With Your Pet From Work

The worst part of any pet owner’s day is seeing how sad your fluffy friend gets when you leave the house in the morning — those adorable eyes are basically just begging you to call in sick. Now, a new invention hopes to make parting with your pet less agonizing: a device called Petcube lets you interact and play with your pets from afar... even when you're nowhere near home.

So how does it work? The Petcube is an actual 4-inch wide cube, and comes with a Wi-Fi-enabled camera, a two-way speaker, and a laser pointer. After you link your Petcube camera to your phone, you can watch your pet from wherever you are, and whisper sweet nothings to your four-legged friend all day long. You can even play with your pet remotely; the device's app lets you control the laser within your home’s Petcube, and you can watch as your cat or dog desperately tries to catch the elusive red dot… now that’s pretty frickin’ adorable!

The device is meant to make pet owners feel more connected with their pet when they aren’t home, and allow them to make sure that their precious creatures are safe. But, if you don’t have time to play with your pet or check in on them despite Petcube's countless conveniences, the gadget's app allows you to grant your friends or other members of the Petcube app-wielding public access to your device for a certain amount of time. This means that if you go on vacation somewhere without Internet access, asking your friends to check on and feed your cat will be much less of a hassle.

So even though it’s still hard to watch your pet bemoan your morning departure, at least now you’ll be able to check on them during your lunch break — that is, until you finally convince your boss to let you bring your puppy to work.

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