Following its highly-successful crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter, Ukraine-based startup, Petcube, won this year's Europas Award for the Best Hardware Startup. Petcube is a gadget that allows pet owners to remotely monitor and play with their dogs and cats.
Petcube is a gadget with a 4 x 4 x 4 dimension. Inside the aluminum casing and front glass are two servo motors, a low intensity laser, a wide angle camera, and a small microphone and speakers.
Users can play with their pets by using the laser. The device can also transmit your voice through the speakers, and vice-versa.
Driving the Petcube is a circuit board that takes its power from electricity channeled through the mini-USB power adapter. There's also a connector for Wi-Fi.
For Petcube co-founder Alex Neskin, building the startup wasn't easy. The Next Web has written a good piece about Petcube's story. You can read it here.
Petcube raised over $250,000 on Kickstarter. The startup plans to ship the first batch in August. Petcube will retail for $199. However, early buyers can get it for just $179.
“From Kiev, Ukraine, Petcube’s founders have, against all odds, designed, built and raised money for a radical new interactive device for pets, all from the midst of incredible upheaval in their home country,” says Mike Butcher, the founder of The Europas Awards and Editor At Large of TechCrunch.