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PetBot is a home selfie camera for pets

Leaving pets alone at home is never ideal. Just ask anyone who’s had their new shoes chewed by their puppy. But PetBot could make things a little less stressful.

It’s a home camera that monitors your pet and lets you know if anything is up. It does this by listening out for sounds and sending you a notification if anything is out of the ordinary, like your dog is crying, for example. You can then fire up the video camera and see what’s up.

You can also set it to automatically take a photo of your pet when they’re in the vicinity. It’s not exactly the same as your dog taking a selfie, admittedly, but it is sure to brighten your day. And it’s a lot more reliable than trying to train your dog to pose for the camera.

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You can also speak through the mic, so your pet can hear you from anywhere in the world. Give it commands, and if it obeys, you can even dispense treats through the camera.

If you want to keep your pet company but can’t be there 24/7, you can also record your voice to play to keep them company. Or play music. Use the timer to set scheduled activities, and your pet will never get bored.

It’s raised $23,000 of an $80,000 target, with 38 days to go. It can be yours for $149 (£97), and if successful, should ship in May next year.

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