PawsCam is a new smart, wearable camera for your dog. It uses smart algorithms to intelligently record the best moments of your dogs day. Heres our PawsCam review.
What Is PawsCam?
PawsCam is a smart, wearable camera for your dog that was recently launched on crowdfunding website Indiegogo.com. The camera has so far raised about 20% of its $30,000 goal.
Using intelligent algorithms, the camera promises to record only the best moments of your dogs day. Similar to a GoPro, the camera is worn on your dog, giving you a first-person view of your dogs actions throughout the day.
Each PawsCam costs about $100, although you can get a considerable discount by buying 2 or 3 PawsCam cameras at one time.
Lets take a closer look at the features on this PawsCam to decide whether or not you should back the project.
How Does the PawsCam Work?
The goal of the PawsCam is to allow you to see the world through your dogs eyes. The makers of the camera use an intelligent algorithm to give the intelligence of a human videographer to your dog.
That algorithm detects when your dog is doing something exciting or interesting. Then, the camera is activated and records a six second video or multiple six second videos if your dog continues to do something interesting.
Some of the core features of the camera include:
-Smart Triggering: The Camera starts to record when interesting movement is detected.
-Social Media-Ready: No editing or cropping is required, and PawsCam footage is always instantly shareable.
-Remote Viewing: Use the PawsCam mobile app to check in on your dog from anywhere.
-Long Battery Life: PawsCams battery can last up to 10 days on a single charge.
-High-Quality Camera: The camera records 6-second videos in MPEG-4 format with a 110 degree FOV at 480x resolution
-24/7 Sensing Technology: The sensors are always on to detect interesting movement.
-Durable Design: The PawsCam case is bite-proof and water resistant.
The PawsCam algorithm decides what to film based on a number of parameters, including motion, illumination, and more. So you probably wont get footage of your dog lying down and sleeping. But you will get footage if your dog starts running around and playing with other dogs.
As soon as interesting movements like standing up, rolling, chasing, jumping, licking, or baking are detected, the PawsCam will start to shoot a short 6-second video.
After those videos are filmed, your dogs videos are uploaded to the cloud, at which point you can view them from your PawsCam timeline. The videos are instantly available to share in social media.
The device is connected to Wi-Fi, so footage will be uploaded automatically as soon as your dog returns home from its adventures. Meanwhile, you can use any internet-connected device to check in on your dogs highlights throughout the day (although it doesnt appear that you can view a live stream of the dogs camera). You can only view highlights of your dogs day.
The videos themselves take up just 300kb to 10mb of space, so theyre saved and uploaded very fast.
The device weighs 1.4 ounces. To put that into perspective, a golf ball weighs 1.6 ounces. It also promises to never overheat, so your dog will never get burned by the battery or camera.
Ultimately, the makers of PawsCam claim that these features allow any dog to become their own director, and that Your dog could be the next social media sensation.
PawsCam doesnt come with any type of subscription. You pay the one-time fee today and get access to the camera and all its features for life.
- 1 PawsCam: $99
- 2 PawsCams: $149
- 3 PawsCams: $199
Your PawsCam purchase includes the camera, a leather strap, a USB cable, and a users manual.
Shipments are scheduled to ship out starting in September 2016. Shipping is free to all 50 states and Puerto Rico and $5 to Canada. Youll pay $20 shipping for international orders.
You can purchase the PawsCam online through Indiegogo here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pawscam-smart-wearable-camera-for-your-dog/#/
Who Makes the PawsCam?
The PawsCam was created by company founder Chris Kong. Because Chris worked long hours and traveled weekly, he rarely got to spend time with his dogs. Thus, he aimed to create a dog camera that was uniquely-designed and captured unique moments in the dogs day.
A preview of the PawsCam was launched at CES 2016, while the Indiegogo campaign was launched in June 2016. The idea for PawsCam was born in March 2013, and the device went through 6 different major prototypes before arriving at the one we see today.
Ultimately, PawsCam is a unique device that lets you view the most exciting moments of your dogs day in short video clips. If you dont want to miss out on your dogs daily activities, and you want to check in on your dog throughout the day by viewing their activity feed, then PawsCam could be the device you need.