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Petcube 3.0

Play laser tag with real pets from your smartphone.

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Andrey Klen@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
Hey Hunters, Andrey with Petcube here. We sincerely believe that products for pets should be designed with as much care as products designed for their human slaves. Our first gadget Petcube Camera allows you to check-in on your pets remotely. See, talk to and play a kick-ass game with a laser pointer from your smartphone. The sweetest thing is that you can download the Petcube app right now, and interact with other people's pets — those who choose to share their Petcube Cameras. It works like this:
. If you like what you see, gear up with your own Petcube Camera using this exclusive $50 off coupon PRODUCTHUNT50 at Petcube.com. We’ve redesigned our iOS app from the ground up, revamping the UI/UX for camera owners and players. It’s not just our visual language that changed, we’ve made it easier to connect to different Petcube Cameras, so you can dive into seriously fun interactions with a simple tap. The overall app design is streamlined, so we can easily scale and rollout new features along the way. Android update is arriving shortly. Many thanks in advance for the upvotes! Feel free to hit me up with questions, including those about the laser pointer (hint: the laser isn’t harmful, only entertaining).
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@_klen what are the biggest changes from the launch two years ago? Are you worried that the novelty factor of playing with someone elses pet via a laser on a screen may wear off and affect retention?
Andrey Klen@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@bentossell Design wise we took a deep dive into interaction part, prioritizing experience with cameras. Pet lovers have browsing tools that include favorites, recently played and following shortcuts. Cameras are now a separate entity on the app meaning they'll have their own stats and history. There are few perks for gadget owners, we delivered long awaited sound and motion notifications, auto-play mode. Those will become more complex and smarter with every iteration. Frankly it's not even about what the app is now, it's about what it's going to be :) We laid out a lean structure to implement new exciting things. There are so many of those in the pipeline. Addressing you question, it depends a lot on wether a person owns a Petcube Camera. Typically camera owners are super engaged, they make 8 calls per week on average. With this update we are making an effort to bring much better experience interacting with pets to those who don't have a Petcube.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@_klen cool. How long are those session generally? Forgive me but I can't see past the novelty factor ... being in a cat cafe is different because you get to have the actual physical interaction with the cat. This is like a real-life tamagotchi haha. May be cool to play around with at the beginning and maybe pick it up a few times every now and then. But as an app to visit consistently, each week, month etc I think there could be some challenges. What else is in the pipeline for petcube?
Andrey Klen@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@bentossell Those are about a minute, probably enough to make sure that your pet is okay and maybe kickstart a little exercise with a laser. It also depends on time spent away from their furry loved ones, weekdays bring a lot of calls from work (hopefully they don't interrupt any important meetings). Some people are not allowed to have pets, some of them have allergies but still enjoy interacting with them remotely. Some people may even browse Petcube Cameras in shelters and rescues looking to adopt a pet. But I totally agree that having a camera and connecting to your beloved animal at home feels stronger and more engaging than browsing other pets. About tamagotchi thing. Oh, we are definitely going there :) We have so many ideas and even few new products in works that will compliment the whole pet care ecosystem.
Yaroslav Azhnyuk@yaroslavazhnyuk · CEO, Petcube
hey @bentossell, people call their pets multiple times a day, it's a pretty important piece of their daily communication. I'd say, it is much more important than we imagined at the beginning.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@_klen haha just need to leave this meeting a little early to call my pet... not sure how that would go down! Yeah I guess live video streaming pets is more of a short-activity. Haha IRL Tamagotchi, didn't know I'd be alive when that was a reality! @yaroslavazhnyuk I get that people call their pets... maybe I'm in the minority here, but we've been around for a long time with pets and never 'called' them multiple times a day so 'check-in'. But I've no doubt that people out there do this and LOVE this.
Lisheng Chang@csee · UX Designer
@_klen Great idea! but its always say "An error occurred (1005)", i can't see public petcube cameras...
Andrey Klen@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@csee Thanks for the heads-up! We'll look into that right away, seems like a server thing.
Joelle Alcaidinho@joelle_writes · ACI Researcher, misanthropic gadabout
@_klen would love to know more about the science behind this claim that it's not harmful as well as the research that demonstrates that this form of remote play and interaction is something that the pets like.
Andrey Klen@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@joelle_writes Hey Joelle. Regarding the eye sight we use class 3 laser with a limitation up to 5mW which is not harmful, but still it's better to avoid direct contact. Normally pets never stare into the beam :) As for behavioral patterns it's always better to double check how a dog reacts to lights to make sure there are no compulsive actions towards them in any way. Another thing it's recommended to reward pets with physical treats after game sessions to stimulate prey catching feeling. Apart from reasonable precautions laser toy is a good way to exercise pets and distract them from bad behavior.
Joelle Alcaidinho@joelle_writes · ACI Researcher, misanthropic gadabout
@_klen Thank you for replying! I think what you've touched on is a big deal, the lack of reward, of chasing something that cannot be caught which is quite dangerous, particularly for dogs. I'd also be interested to learn more about the research that has gone into how the pets are responding to this kind of remote play due to the differences in canine cognition with regards to object permanence and vision.
Calum Webb@calum_webb
@bentossell @_klen To be honest, you've got to try it to believe it. There's a large market for it. You've got the avid pet lovers which would love to use it (+ I've seen much more expensive for the same tool although most allow you to feed your pet), people which love animals or pets but can't have them (huge market for parents wanting to give it to kids), relatively Techy pet owners which also, like the novelty and want to share their pets or even as a standard Internet camera, because it's often cheaper than a normal internet camera. I tried it out today after seeing it here and had a lot of fun.. Only improvement apart from varying the advertising further, would be some kind of motion detector because alot of the public pets are not in the shot :]
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Andrey Klen
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@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
Hey Hunters, Andrey with Petcube here. We sincerely believe that products for pets should be designed with as much care as products designed for their human slaves. Our first gadget Petcube Camera allows you to check-in on your pets remotely. See, talk to and play a kick-ass game with a laser pointer from your smartphone. The sweetest thing is that you can download the Petcube app right now, and interact with other people's pets — those who choose to share their Petcube Cameras. It works like this:
. If you like what you see, gear up with your own Petcube Camera using this exclusive $50 off coupon PRODUCTHUNT50 at Petcube.com. We’ve redesigned our iOS app from the ground up, revamping the UI/UX for camera owners and players. It’s not just our visual language that changed, we’ve made it easier to connect to different Petcube Cameras, so you can dive into seriously fun interactions with a simple tap. The overall app design is streamlined, so we can easily scale and rollout new features along the way. Android update is arriving shortly. Many thanks in advance for the upvotes! Feel free to hit me up with questions, including those about the laser pointer (hint: the laser isn’t harmful, only entertaining).
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@_klen what are the biggest changes from the launch two years ago? Are you worried that the novelty factor of playing with someone elses pet via a laser on a screen may wear off and affect retention?
Andrey Klen
Maker
@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@bentossell Design wise we took a deep dive into interaction part, prioritizing experience with cameras. Pet lovers have browsing tools that include favorites, recently played and following shortcuts. Cameras are now a separate entity on the app meaning they'll have their own stats and history. There are few perks for gadget owners, we delivered long awaited sound and motion notifications, auto-play mode. Those will become more complex and smarter with every iteration. Frankly it's not even about what the app is now, it's about what it's going to be :) We laid out a lean structure to implement new exciting things. There are so many of those in the pipeline. Addressing you question, it depends a lot on wether a person owns a Petcube Camera. Typically camera owners are super engaged, they make 8 calls per week on average. With this update we are making an effort to bring much better experience interacting with pets to those who don't have a Petcube.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@_klen cool. How long are those session generally? Forgive me but I can't see past the novelty factor ... being in a cat cafe is different because you get to have the actual physical interaction with the cat. This is like a real-life tamagotchi haha. May be cool to play around with at the beginning and maybe pick it up a few times every now and then. But as an app to visit consistently, each week, month etc I think there could be some challenges. What else is in the pipeline for petcube?
Andrey Klen
Maker
@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@bentossell Those are about a minute, probably enough to make sure that your pet is okay and maybe kickstart a little exercise with a laser. It also depends on time spent away from their furry loved ones, weekdays bring a lot of calls from work (hopefully they don't interrupt any important meetings). Some people are not allowed to have pets, some of them have allergies but still enjoy interacting with them remotely. Some people may even browse Petcube Cameras in shelters and rescues looking to adopt a pet. But I totally agree that having a camera and connecting to your beloved animal at home feels stronger and more engaging than browsing other pets. About tamagotchi thing. Oh, we are definitely going there :) We have so many ideas and even few new products in works that will compliment the whole pet care ecosystem.
Yaroslav Azhnyuk
Maker
@yaroslavazhnyuk · CEO, Petcube
hey @bentossell, people call their pets multiple times a day, it's a pretty important piece of their daily communication. I'd say, it is much more important than we imagined at the beginning.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@_klen haha just need to leave this meeting a little early to call my pet... not sure how that would go down! Yeah I guess live video streaming pets is more of a short-activity. Haha IRL Tamagotchi, didn't know I'd be alive when that was a reality! @yaroslavazhnyuk I get that people call their pets... maybe I'm in the minority here, but we've been around for a long time with pets and never 'called' them multiple times a day so 'check-in'. But I've no doubt that people out there do this and LOVE this.
Lisheng Chang@csee · UX Designer
@_klen Great idea! but its always say "An error occurred (1005)", i can't see public petcube cameras...
Andrey Klen
Maker
@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@csee Thanks for the heads-up! We'll look into that right away, seems like a server thing.
Joelle Alcaidinho@joelle_writes · ACI Researcher, misanthropic gadabout
@_klen would love to know more about the science behind this claim that it's not harmful as well as the research that demonstrates that this form of remote play and interaction is something that the pets like.
Andrey Klen
Maker
@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@joelle_writes Hey Joelle. Regarding the eye sight we use class 3 laser with a limitation up to 5mW which is not harmful, but still it's better to avoid direct contact. Normally pets never stare into the beam :) As for behavioral patterns it's always better to double check how a dog reacts to lights to make sure there are no compulsive actions towards them in any way. Another thing it's recommended to reward pets with physical treats after game sessions to stimulate prey catching feeling. Apart from reasonable precautions laser toy is a good way to exercise pets and distract them from bad behavior.
Joelle Alcaidinho@joelle_writes · ACI Researcher, misanthropic gadabout
@_klen Thank you for replying! I think what you've touched on is a big deal, the lack of reward, of chasing something that cannot be caught which is quite dangerous, particularly for dogs. I'd also be interested to learn more about the research that has gone into how the pets are responding to this kind of remote play due to the differences in canine cognition with regards to object permanence and vision.
Calum Webb@calum_webb
@bentossell @_klen To be honest, you've got to try it to believe it. There's a large market for it. You've got the avid pet lovers which would love to use it (+ I've seen much more expensive for the same tool although most allow you to feed your pet), people which love animals or pets but can't have them (huge market for parents wanting to give it to kids), relatively Techy pet owners which also, like the novelty and want to share their pets or even as a standard Internet camera, because it's often cheaper than a normal internet camera. I tried it out today after seeing it here and had a lot of fun.. Only improvement apart from varying the advertising further, would be some kind of motion detector because alot of the public pets are not in the shot :]
Alex Spencer@axpence · Pioneer Square Labs
My wife wants this. That's a good sign! Nice work team !
Andrey Klen
Maker
@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@axpence Thanks! That would make an awesome present.
Lisa Dziuba@lisadziuba · Swift Learner & FlawlessApp.io Founder
Petcube, keep rocking!
Andrey Klen
Maker
@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@lisadziuba will do!
Vlad Tislenko@tislenkov · CEO at Concepter
Nice design! Love the idea to play with pets when I have a free minute. It's like to play a casual game, but I help someone pet be more active and healthier. Great idea and execution, guys!
Andrey Klen
Maker
@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@tislenkov Many thanks, Vlad. Really looking forward to future Concepter releases, PH awaits :)
S O E V I L ! :)
Andrey Klen
Maker
@_klen · CDO @ Petcube
@shal3v Evil never felt cuter :)