Pet owners rejoice \u2014 Petcube is here to answer the ultimate question: what does your dog or cat do when they're home alone? Now you\u2019ll know because this wireless video streaming camera lets you see what your pets are up to.\r\nThe Cube Is Here\r\n\r\nShaped like a cube, the front consists of a wide angle high-resolution (720p) fixed focus lens \u2014 this gives a clear and encompassing view of whatever it\u2019s aimed at (just a little distorting at the edges as is always the case with w\/a lenses). Below is a low-powered safety red laser \u2014 no it\u2019s not there to attack intruders, but to provide some quality fun time with a cat. For a dog, not so much.\r\n\r\nDownload the free app (iOS\/Android) because it won\u2019t work without it. My iPhone\u2019s ready to go, so I placed the cube at one end of the kitchen and plugged it into an AC outlet through the included USB cable adapter. I later discovered that there\u2019s a tripod mount on the bottom, but don\u2019t expect it to stand on a mini-pod easily; this 4 x 4 x 4-inch cube is seriously heavy aluminum. And when I say \u201cAC\u201d I mean that the Petcube needs the full power coming from the wall outlet \u2014 connecting it to a USB socket on a laptop won\u2019t cut it.\r\nSimple Enough For Humans\r\nSetup is echoed by a color LED strip at the cube\u2019s bottom. After pairing it first with the cube\u2019s own WiFi, I transferred the signal to my home network. Oh \u2014 I also registered with the company since the streaming goes through their servers. Once done, I accessed the Petcube and could see that the image was well defined and clear. I watched my dogs walking through the kitchen with what seemed to be only a very slight delay \u2014 maybe not super-smooth but not those jerky movements one\u2019s come to expect from video streaming using a home camera either.\r\n\r\nI left my apartment later and used a Starbucks WiFi to access the Petcube. Again I saw a clear picture and the movements of my dogs as they went back and forth through the kitchen had the same frame rate as when I was right there. I turned on the \u201cSound\u201d setting \u2014 this let me not only hear what was going on but also speak to them \u2014 they found this intriguing since they couldn\u2019t find me (don\u2019t use this when nearby because it will cause horrible feedback).\u00a0 I also worked the laser and made a red dot appear at a few places on the floor and kitchen cabinets: the dogs noticed it and one yawned. So yes, not having a cat does make the laser superfluous. Oh - tapping the screen while watching the video feed saves what is seen as a picture\/snapshot too.\r\nOne Price, Many Uses\r\nPetcube doesn\u2019t have any ongoing fees or monthly subscriptions. So the cost of $199 is all you\u2019re paying for.\u00a0 So yes you can now put a price tag on piece of mind when the pets are left home alone.