Published on June 14th, 2017 | by Greg0
Furbo: The Treat-Tossing Dog Camera
We all lead busy lives- between work and family, demands and chores, there often isn’t enough time to give our pets all of the attention they deserve. And while it’s great to be able to pet them in-person, and walk them, there are still plenty of times when you simply can’t be around. Whether it’s from the office or on vacation, today’s piece of gear gives you a way to interact and play with your pooch from afar- while also watching, speaking, and listening to them too.
The Furbo Dog Camera takes a high-definition wireless IP camera, the sort with two-way audio, and builds in a cute a system to toss treats. Like other cameras on the market, there is night vision for low-light functionality and a 4x zoom lens, but it’s the only one we know of that features adjustable bark detection- so you can receive an alert when your pup makes noise. No matter the age of your family friend, you’ll be able to help with separation anxiety- both for you and Fido.
Originally an Indiegogo project that raised over $500K, now you can not only monitor what happens when you are out of the house, but even shoot out a snack using the free app, available for iOS and Android devices. The container can hold up to 30 pieces, and it’s pretty steady, so your pets won’t be able to just knock it down. According to the company, “most treats are compatible, though we suggest round, non-crushable treats between half inch to one inch”- we tried a couple varieties, and soft ones weren’t ideal, but most hard ones worked fine. Nothing sticky or too crumbly, of course, and sometimes two may pop out at once or you may need to fire twice. And yes, you can certainly use it with a cat too!
Sure, there are automatic pet feeders, and we’ve even seen a camera that boasts a laser pointer to play with your cat. But it’s a lot of fun to launch a snack- though it would have been nice to be able to aim them a bit. It might take your pet a while to figure out the source of the treats and associate them with your voice or alerting you, but they’ll figure it out in a few days. Expect to spend around $249.99 online and in stores for the Furbo Dog Camera, which seems a little pricey, but worth it if you want to be able to keep an eye on your pet (and make him happy even in your absence).