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Petcube: The best Christmas gift you can give to Paw-rents

Featuring Juancho!

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Does it break your heart every time you leave your fur-baby at home? Ever wonder what they do when you’re not there to watch? Paw-renting guilt is real and Petcube Bites is the perfect way to deal with it on days when you just can’t bring your pet with you.

I was someone who didn’t want to be one of those pet owners who have a camera to stalk their pet. After my Pembroke Welsh Corgi Juancho came into my life, however, it all changed. A highly sociable dog, he loves the company of humans and hates being alone. On days when I had to leave him for a couple of hours to do the groceries or attend a formal event, he would howl in sadness. We proceeded to train him to be okay with being alone, giving treats before we leave and gradually increasing the time of separation.

However, it made me wonder how he was doing when he’s actually alone. Is he still howling? We needed a pet camera to check on him!

Enter Petcube’s latest version of their camera — Petcube Bites. Not only can you stalk and talk to your pet, you can even reward him for good behavior even when you’re not physically present by throwing treats at him.

Sleek and stylish

One thing I was worried about was how a pet camera would fit into our home. Most of the ones available in the market tend to look too cute-sy or even cheap because of the plastic elements used. The Petcube Bites, although quite big, can blend well with almost any type of room decor. It comes in four colors: Matte Silver, Rose Gold, Carbon Black, and Snow White. You can also put it on a flat surface or mount it on the wall.

Easy setup

Getting the camera up and running is a breeze. Download the app and sign up, plug your unit in, and follow the instructions on your screen. In a few minutes, our Petcube was up and running perfectly and I could see Juancho on the screen.

Security with notifications

You can’t spend all your time away from your pet with your eyes stuck on your mobile’s screen, watching him to make sure he’s okay. You can go about your business with ease as Petcube can detect movement and sound. It will also alert you through a push notification, prompting you to check on your pet.

Missed the moment? Don’t worry. The app saves videos of up to ten seconds from the past four hours into the cloud. You can check it later, download the video, and easily share it on social media. If you want longer videos and storage periods, you can always sign up for a membership to Petcube Care which starts at US$ 4.99.

It doubles as a great security camera for your home too. You’ll know if your pet had a busy day fighting off burglars. Your good boy definitely deserves a giant treat for driving them away!

Getting social

The Petcube app allows you to share photos and videos of your pet on an Instagram-like feed. You also have the choice to set your camera in public mode. This allows other app users to access your camera and interact with your pet. If you own the Play model, viewers can utilize the laser pointer and keep your pet busy. With Bites, you have the option to allow viewers to give treats to your pet, as well.

This is not for everybody, that’s for sure. Our Petcube is a locked camera but I must admit that I do enjoy playing with other people’s cats when Juancho’s asleep.

Capturing special moments with your fur-baby

The Petcube Bites streams 1080p HD video through a 138-degree wide-angle view. You can also zoom in the video up to three times. Night mode allows me to check on Juancho even when we’re already in bed and all the lights are off.

My favorite thing about it, though, is how it is able to record special moments between Juancho and I. Like the time I had to travel for work and he was left alone with his fur-daddy. I was gone for a couple of days and our Petcube Bites was able to capture our sweet reunion.

Acclimatise your pet

The only con I can say about the Petcube Bites is the sound it makes when you press for a treat to be thrown. This has startled Juancho one too many times and has given him some trust issues with it. This doesn’t come as a surprise since he’s still a puppy and is quite jumpy to begin with. He wouldn’t even go near the treats that came out of the device.

Another thing your pet should get used to is hearing your voice when you’re not around. Juancho freaked out the first time he heard my voice via the Petcube, telling him to get off the couch when I wasn’t even there. He jumped right off and it made me feel like God for a little bit but that added to the trust issues.

We’re currently in the process of reintroducing our unit to him. We’ve made some progress but we’re hoping he gets fully used to the sounds. He’s getting a lot bigger now and having more exposure to technology, anyways.

Verdict

So, is Petcube Bites the perfect gift for the paw-rent in your life? It makes sense to give someone the security of knowing their pet (and home) is safe while they’re away for a couple of hours. You can also prevent boredom which leads to destructive behavior. This, by either talking to them or distracting them with treats.

Peace of mind is always a good investment, as well as seeing your pet do something funny and having it on video to share with your friends and family.

What do you mean they’re fed up with my pet posts? Us paw-rents don’t really care.

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Global Sources: Reclar Galvanic Water Peeler

Remove your dead skin cells

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Korea is known for a lot of things… K-pop, kimchi, and of course its billion-dollar cosmetics and beauty industry. It’s no surprise that we found beauty tech here at Global Sources.

The Reclar Galvanic Water Peeler promises to improve your skin with the help of water peeling, galvanic ion, light therapy, and gold therapy. You can remove dirt and dead skin cells while cleansing your face at night. Additionally, you can help your skin absorb all the important ingredients from your skincare routine faster. Furthermore, it helps with your skin elasticity so you don’t sag and age fast.

There are two variants: The gold retails for US$ 120 while the silver goes for US$ 80. Buy your peelers at Reclar’s website.


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Global Sources: Tech for Babies

Must-haves in your baby’s nursery

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For first time moms, building a nursery can be daunting. Luckily, there are cute and smart devices nowadays that would make it easier for you to build your baby’s nursery.

Take a look at these cute humidifiers which also make cute decor for your bedside table, and night lights which can create a soothing ambiance so you can put your baby to sleep. There are diffusers with night lights, too. They come in cute designs like penguin, bear, and rabbit. There’s also a UFO projection lamp that can create a Milky Way-like ceiling for your baby to look at.

All these cute and functional tech are made by Guangzhou Sunshine Electronics Technology.


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Global Sources: USB Heated Jackets

The cold won’t bother you anymore

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October only means one thing — winter is coming. Don’t let the cold bother you this time around; meet the USB heated vest from JY Electronics.

This vest keeps you toasty and warm, thanks to heating pads inside. If you need it warmer, you can adjust the temperature with varying degrees with a single press of a button.

Not feeling the design? Let JY Electronics customize your jacket for you. Aside from bubble vests, they can make you a wool coat, leather biker jacket, or even a faux-fur parka filled with heating pads that powers up through USB.

The basic USB heated vest starts at $20, with no minimum amount of orders.


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