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The Pawbo Pet Camera is shaping up to be one of the best interactive treat-dispensing pet cameras on the market today, offering a number of great features we think you and your pet will love!
However, we are obligated to give you the fully disclosure on this product, including both its benefits, as well as identifying any flaws we’ve identified with this product.
Before we start, we should mention that the Pawbo pet camera is overseen by the company Acer, which is a huge multinational hardware and technology company, and that this product is their debut pet camera.
The Pawbo pet cam is designed to be a wireless camera with easy-to-use, interactive capabilities, including treat dispensing and a built-in laser pointer for playing games with your furry buddy.
It has an LED status indicator, a wide angle lens that can see up to 130 degrees. It features 720p live streaming for anywhere / anytime usage.
The treat dispenser has a detachable tray and is very easy to clean.
When dispensing treats, try different sound effects so your pet can know what each means and you can potentially train your pet in this way as well. For instance, you can make one sound effect indicate you are “online” and another mean “incoming treats”. 🙂
Here is a diagram below to show you exactly where everything is located.
No More Lonely Pets
What we like the best about the Pawbo pet cam is how it can alleviate stress in the family, especially when it comes to going on a vacation or even to work.
How many times have you gone out somewhere, leaving your furry friend at home alone, by his or herself? Most pet lovers don’t like leaving their pets alone to begin with, but they have to go to work, or any number of other reasons.
That’s where the Pawbo pet cam comes in, because you can use it to talk to your pet with its two-way communication system, play games with your pet, and give it treats, all at the same time.
So, for those people who can’t bare leaving their puppy or kitten by themselves, they can now leave the house confidently knowing that they can stay in touch with their pet the whole time.
Pawbo Life App
The main strength of the Pawbo pet cam lies in its handy app for Android and Apple iOS devices, called Pawbo Life, which is downloadable on Google Play and the App Store.
With the app, not only can you make full use of the Pawbo pet camera, but you can also talk to other Pawbo users (8 users at the same time maximum) by way of video streaming.
You can also share photos and video to your favourite social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
If you’re the type who likes to record a lot of videos or snap a lot of pictures, Pawbo can be integrated with Google Drive and / or Dropbox where you can store everything to the cloud and not lose it. At the same time, boost your pets fame on social media. Why not?
Check out this short video advertisement from Pawbo that shows off some of what the Pawbo+ can do.
Fur Baby Monitor
The above ad shows exactly what the Pawbo pet cam is good for, which is keeping families connected to their pets. But there are other reasons to watch your pet.
Perhaps you suspect one of your cats (the dominant one who seems to be getting slightly larger every week) is eating all the food, or someone with a long fluffy tail (or a short stubby one) might be scratching your favorite Persian rug.
And so, this pet camera is useful as a pet “surveillance” camera as well. If you happen to catch your kitten or puppy chewing something they shouldn’t be chewing, you can actual “train” your pet by telling them “No!” in a stern (but loving) voice using the camera’s two-way communication feature. Believe us, they won’t expect it at first, but they’ll get used to it. Yes, Fido, you’re being watched!
Of course, you may not want to use your pet camera for this purpose, but it is possible to try different disciplinary methods using the two-way communication.
There are a lot of possibilities with this pet cam, if you are willing to explore them. It can be a perfect tool for training your pets, we’ve found.
In fact, some of the more destructive behaviours pets often display can be traced back to being left alone, so the Pawbo pet cam can potentially solve many of these problems altogether, if you use it strategically.
In terms of the looks, this oval-shaped pet camera is quite stylish, and also quite small, measuring only 8 inches in height and is 4 inches across.
It only weighs a single pound, but that said, it’s not a cheaply made camera.
The black and white sleek surface, plus the orange logo on the front is quite cute, and generally, we’ve found that most pets do not find it too threatening.
Of course, some do, but they will get used to it once they realize they can hear your calming voice and can get fed by this little device.
This brings us to another point, which is that this is a wireless camera and certain extra-playful pets may try to knock it over.
The camera is fairly stable when set on a flat surface, but it can be knocked over if its not fastened to a surface.
As with most products, even great ones, its always possible to complain about some things, and so here we go.
Well, for one thing, it is small, so you can’t put larger treats in it. It is suggested that you use small treats, and so you can only fit so much into the treat dispenser.
This means, you can’t go on a two week vacation and expect the Pawbo pet cam to feed your large dog or hungry cat.
On the other hand, if you’re going to work, its perfect for checking in on your pets and providing them with some extra treats during the day (or night).
Also, this is not a pan-and-tilt camera, as some have asked about. It simply does not have this functionality at this time, just so you are aware.
Lastly, we’ll say that you can only link the camera to a maximum of two smart devices at once.
You can link as many smart devices to the Pawbo pet cam as you want, but only two can be used simultaneously. You also cannot have two Pawbo cameras running in the house at the same time.
Certainly, there is some room for improvement with the Pawbo, but the vast majority of users rate this product highly, as do we.
It is a nice little camera, and it allows you to connect with your pet when you’re not at home, so that’s the main thing.
Also, keep in mind too that Pawbo is actively working on additions to the app and other ways to make this product better, such as the current bonus feature that comes with the purchase of this product, called Pawbo Catch (cat teaser).
We had a chance to chat with Pawbo recently about their company and pet camera, and so here is our little interview with Pawbo, if you want to learn more about them.
Can you describe your company briefly?
Pawbo was originally founded by three pet lovers who owned dogs, cats, and even birds. Our products developed out of our love of pets, and the fact that pets are part of the family. Some people want to be close to their fur babies at all times, and we understand that!
Once our brand launched in December of 2015, Pawbo quickly became one of the top selling pet electronic products on Amazon in the United States, which caught Acer’s attention and prompted their eventual acquisition of Pawbo. Since then, we’ve continued to develop our Pawbo Pet Camera and also the Pawbo Catch.
Where is Pawbo based geographically?
Pawbo is located in Taiwan, Taipei.
How long did it take to design the first Pawbo Interactive Pet Camera?
It took the team a year from the design stage, to the manufacture of the final product.
As we talked about in our review, the Pawbo Pet Cam has many functions. We are wondering…are there any new and exciting features being added to this camera anytime soon?
In the future, we will have the voice recognition function built-in to the Pawbo Pet Cam, similar to the Amazon Echo. Many more functions are now being planned, and hopefully we can launch them by 2019.
The Pawbo Pet Camera’s laser pointer has some built in safety features that make it so it won’t damage anyone’s vision, either people or pets. What would you say to people who worry about this?
We would tell anyone who is concerned that there is nothing to worry about. The laser pointer has been tested and passed FDA approval, and it is perfectly safe.
Where can someone purchase a Pawbo pet camera?
You can readily purchase our Pawbo Pet Camera on Amazon. As you will see, the reviews are great and people love this camera.
Who are the common users of the Pawbo Pet Cam and what type of pets do they have?
Currently our customers own mostly cats and dogs. Once someone sees the pet camera, they usually tell a friend. For instance, once we exhibited the camera at a trade show in St-Petersburg Russia, where a lady bought it for her dog. The very next day the lady’s son came to our booth and told us how much they love our product, and wanted to show us the family dog on the camera, and we saw the lady’s daughter at home with their dog, laughing and playing with it. It is situations like this that we really appreciate, because we know our camera is bringing so much joy to families everywhere around the world!
What is the maximum number of Pawbo pet cams someone can have in their home?
One customer bought himself 6 Pawbo pet cameras, but you can has many Pawbo as you like. It’s fun and easy to use.
Are there any other Pawbo related products on the horizon?
There are a number of Pawbo products that will be introduced to the public very soon, with our newest product that is called the Pawbo Spring Fountain, which is the one and only fountain in the world which can track and monitor a pets’ food and water consumption. Many pets suffer from kidney and urinary problem due to dehydration, therefore this is a great product which make sure that your pets are drinking enough water.
For detailed information on all our products, please check out our website, www.pawbo.com
Or look for our product on Amazon.