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  • 09.30.13

Petcube Lets You Maintain A Long-Distance Relationship With Your Pet

Distract your cat and yourself with a Wi-Fi-enabled petcam, even when you’re not at home.

Shenzen-based hardware accelerator Haxlr8r has spawned another surefire winner. Petcube is a sleek aluminum box equipped with a camera, sound, and Wi-Fi to enable you to watch, listen to, and talk to your lonely pets (or children, let’s face it) while you are off jet-setting around the world. But wait, there’s also a laser pointer so you can drive your cat nuts back in Palo Alto while closing deals in New York. At the time of this post, Petcube’s Kickstarter project has raised $95,570 of its $100,000 goal, with 36 days to go.

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Hard-core tech for critters is a trend that’s just not going away. There are $1,000 headphones for cats, iPad apps, and even satellite TV for dogs.

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She’s the author of Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006) and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Her next book, The Test, about standardized testing, will be published by Public Affairs in 2015.

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