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Petcube is back with new versions of its popular animal-monitoring devices

“Alexa, give a dog a bone.”

petcube smart monitors on table with dog in background
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If leaving your pets at home without any way of knowing they’re ok (or if your furniture is ok), something like Petcube is honestly amazing. Featuring an easy-to-use app and treat dispenser, owners can not only monitor their pets while away, but reward them for being perfect angels, as well.

Now, the company has announced updated versions of both its Bites and Play devices, appropriately called Bites 2 and Play 2.

About the updating Petcube devices

Both models now feature 1080p HD video through a 180-degree wide-angle lenses so you can get the scoop on your pups, a four-microphone array for better sound recognition, and improved WiFi, as well. All of these things are important because, with PetCube, your pets can actually initiate a call with you through the Petcube app by sitting in front of the device. And honestly, who doesn’t want to receive a call from their dog?

The Bites 2 version also receives an update to its treat mechanism. The new model will allow for more control over your “throw,” and should allow for more variance in treat sizes. The Play 2 model, with its laser pointer, has increased functionality through the Petcube app.

Nothing is complete without Alexa

Oh, and because it’s 2019, everything is required to have Amazon Alexa, which means your Petcube device must have it, as well.

I’m not really sure why this is needed on this device, but you’ll be able to “access over 50,000 Alexa skills, including playing music, controlling smart home devices, setting alarms, listening to the news, and checking the weather hands-free.” I guess the ability to set up some sick Skillz for treat-throwing and laser-pointing is cool, but honestly, the Alexa part feels a bit gimmicky.

The Petcube Bites 2 and Play 2 will be available Spring 2019. Petcube Bites 2 will be priced at $249 and Petcube Play 2 at $199.

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