In­ter­ac­tive cat has­sling, any­where

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alex Cox

$199 From Pawbo, Fea­tures 720p video, laser dot, mic Needs iOS 8.0 or later

Some things ex­ist, and do ex­actly what they’re sup­posed to do, but make you ques­tion the very na­ture of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment. Take the Pawbo+, a com­bi­na­tion we­b­cam, treat dis­penser, two-way in­ter­com and laser pointer, which al­lows you to re­motely in­ter­act with your pets.

The unit con­nects easily to Wi-Fi, and through that to an app, putting that red laser dot, photos and video record­ing, con­trol of the mo­tor­ized treat wheel, and a mi­cro­phone at your fin­ger­tips. You can see what your pets are do­ing from afar, then baf­fle them by talk­ing to or half-blind­ing them.

It’s purr­fect (sorry) if you or your pet have any sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety, as long as your furry friends are both both­ered by the Pawbo+ and small enough that they won’t de­stroy it; in test­ing on three cats, two were more in­ter­ested in the tick­ing of the laser mo­tor, and the other got stuck in with her claws af­ter re­al­iz­ing it smelled of kib­ble.

the bot­tom line. Cute, though its value might not match its price.

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