When it comes to dog cameras, there a few amazing choices out there to choose from. There is the Furbo Dog Camera and the Petcube Dog Camera. Now these are great cameras, but I have something even better I want to share with you. It is made by Skymee and is called the Owl Robot. Yes robot…. now that I have your attention you need to keep reading to hear my review of one of the best robot dog cameras on the market.
This is certainly a dog camera unlike any other dog camera we have seen before. There are some very cool things that make this camera unique and a camera worth taking a closer look at.
The Owl Robot is a camera yes, like I said, but it is also used as a toy for your dog. So the dual-purpose of this camera makes it unique from all the rest of the cameras on the market. You can buy separate cameras, and individual robot like toys, but not all in one like this one.
This is a camera designed with the face of an Owl on the front of it. Just looking at it you can see the eyes, nose and mouth clearly. A very clever and cool looking design that is made out of ABS plastic in only one color, white.
It is tube shaped with sides that are round wheels.that are trimmed with grey rubber. These wheels allow it to roll around your floors very easy. The eyes of the owl are actually 2 digital cameras that can take video or snap pictures. Above the nose is a where the collision sensor is located while the owl nose is where you will find the built in microphone. The mouth is the slot where you can dispense treats from.
The tubes on the side are equipped with speakers on the size that are used as a way to communicate for us to our dogs. This entire design initially catches your eye, just because it is so innovative and looks adorable. It kind of reminds me of the face of a Gremlin.
On the back of the robot, is a USB port for charging and a memory card slot for inserting a card to record everything. In the tail of the toy, there is a helping ball that is used so the toy can spin around with ease.
The Owl Robot is of course a camera, but let’s dive into all the other cool features. One of the best features of this camera is the ability to move around your house, just like a robot. You can manually operate the Owl by remote control by using the app, or by putting it on auto play. This function is one of the most unique things about this Owl Robot camera.
Here is a list of other amazing features:
- Full 1080p HD Camera including Night Vision for video and pictures
- 8 infrared lights
- 4x zoom – gives high quality picture
- Treat tossing dispensing – use the remote control to dispense the treats
- 2-way audio – allows you to talk to your dog and he can instantly hear you
- Motion detection – that will notify you when your dog moves,
- Send you a motion detection notification to your device
- Can record video
- TF card – (trans flash card / micro SD card)(not included)
- Long battery life – 8 hours of continuous use
- WiFi or Hot spot connection
- Operate with Skymee App for remote control
- Can connect more than one camera to app and network
- 8 people can login to the app at one time to watch
- Sensor that is activated by a touch from your or your dog
- Power adapter 4.2 V / 5A
- 6 hours to recharge
This long list of some pretty amazing features makes this Owl robot toy and camera one of a kind. Although there are other cameras that you can use, this one allows for the most functional play time and surveillance while you are away or at home.
How to use
The wonderful thing about this multi functioning camera and toy is that your dog will be able to operate the toy and have it roll around your apartment. With it’s quiet low noise motor, you won’t even hear it rolling around.
To operate the Owl, there are 2 different ways that you can operate. First you need to download the Skymee app, which is available for both iOS 8 and Android 4.3.
Once you have the app, you then register and setup an account selecting a password that you can use to access. Then add the device to your account. After you have your account setup, you then need to turn on the Owl by pressing and holding the red reset button for 5s to reset. You then can connect it to your WiFi in your home by entering your WIFI password into the app for use inside the home, or remotely from the app.
The left eye camera then needs to read the QR code of the phone by holding it about 5-10 cm away and wait for the beep. Once you hear the beep, you then click “Next” and wait for a connection. Be patient as operating can take a bit for the Owl to start responding.
If you don’t have access to WiFi, you can switch the Owl to the AP setting and still operate it using Hotspot where you would select “skymee_c20” to connect to your phone. This will allow you to still use the robot without internet.
Using the app, you can control where the Owl goes, using arrows right on the screen or by using the orange joystick. I find that the arrows make it easier to move then the joystick, but it is a personal preference. They both work to move and operate the camera remotely.
After inactivity, the Owl will go into sleep mode on its own after 5 mins. To reactivate, you can simply touch the sensor on the top, or by logging back into the app. This same sensor can be activated by your dog touching the Owl or by the equipped motion detection.
Also, make sure to remove the treat dispenser cover and fill the toy with your dog’s favourite dog treats. Just make sure the treats are the right size and will fit through the treat dispensing slot.
As the toy rolls around tracking your pet, you can also dispense a row of treats, to get your dog to follow the toy. This fun and interactive toy is a great way to also take pictures and videos of your dog to see what they are up to when you aren’t there. You can easily take a few minutes out of your work day to play with your pet via the app from work by controlling it and moving to keep your pet entertained. Even being able to play a game of hide-and-seek with your dog, which is so much fun.
Pros and Cons
Let’s go through some of the pros and cons of this camera.
- Track your pet when you are away
- Can take video and pictures
- Easy to use
- HD quality picture
- Treat dispensing
- Can add more than one Skymee camera
- Multiple people can access the app at one time
- 1 year warranty
- Initial expense
- Need to have a mobile device
- Comfortable using an app
- Somewhat techy to operate
- May scare some pets
- Small delay in the speaker when you talk
- May require firmware updates before use
I absolutely love cool gadgets and anytime you can combine a visual security or peace of mind for a dog parent along with fun play time, that is a win-win for me.
The fact is our dogs are left alone in the house when we go off to work everyday, and I am sure at times are completely bored. Having the option to just pop on an app for a couple of minutes to interact, speak or play with them is a great way to break up that boredom.
I hope you have enjoyed my review of the Skymee Owl robot dog camera review. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you below.