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Petcube Developing Artificial Intelligence to Help Read Your Dog’s Mind

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Petcube wants to make understanding your pet easier, and is developing software that will help understand what your pet is trying to tell you, and possibly even prevent future health problems.

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Petcube already manufactures wi-fi connected cameras that let you keep tabs on Fido while you are away, and some even let you control treats or laser points from your phone to interact with your pet.

CEO and co-founder Yaroslav Azhnyuk says that soon they will release software that acts much like Amazon’s Alexa–allowing users to control any Petcube product with voice. Petcube has raised $10 million from investors so they can make hardware and apps that will let people watch, feed and play with pets remotely. Azhnyuk says that they really are trying to advance their understanding of pets, and are trying to maximize their potential as a research base similar to Google.

He said that Petcube’s deep learning software is in the works. It will be able to analyze mass quantities of pet video that goes through their connected cameras and make connections between animal behaviors, health and moods. Petcube’s acquisition of the newest funding will most likely go to hiring and research, as well as international reach in its products.

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Almaz Capital invested in Petcube’s efforts and Daniil Stolyarov is with the investment company. He said that more and more large players in the pet food/product industry are moving into the technology and innovation departments when it comes to pet products, and this is based on the fact that people are spending more than ever on their pets. Stolyarov says that this is easier than developing these products in-house, and will go a long way for pets and their owners.


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