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Enabot EBO Air Review

The Enabot EBO Air is smart, but is it the next best smart cat toy?

Ebo air robot next to a cat Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Leeson

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    Enabot Ebo Air

    Pros

    • Good audio and visual quality

    • Multi-terrain mobility

    • No hidden fees

    Cons

    • Battery life is short

    • Toys are lacking

    • App is clunky

As proud cat parents and kitty foster parents, I’m no stranger to the wide selection of pet cameras—come to our house and you might be a little startled to see one in almost every room. We have some pretty tactful 360-degree view cameras and the latest smart home pet feeders. But what we lack is a camera that can wheel up to our cats and—dare I say—entertain them while we’re away.

That’s exactly what the Enabot Pet Camera (available at Amazon) promises. With remote-controlled and automated movements, Enabot sets itself apart from any stationary pet camera. Boasting multi-terrain track movement, the ball-like robot scoots around your home, capturing close-up views of your pet that other cameras can’t. While it’s not a treat-dispensing camera, the makers of Enabot suggest the programmed pet play settings will keep your cat busy while you’re away—or on a Zoom call.

So, does this “smart home companion robot” live up to its promises? We put it to the test.

What is the Enabot Camera?

Cat next to the Ebo bot
Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Leeson

The Enabot EBO Air is a smart camera and pet toy all in one.

  • Model: EBO Air
  • Color: White
  • Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Dimensions: 3.78 x 3.78 x 3.5 inches
  • Field of view: 118-degree wide-angle lens
  • Resolution: 1080P with night vision
  • Memory: Built-in 32GB SD card,16GB external memory, support 256GB at maximum
  • Connectivity: 2.4G+5.8G WIFI
  • Max speed: 1m/s
  • Power: 5.0V

The Enabot Pet Camera is a combined smart pet camera and pet entertainer, all in one. It has a companion application where you can access the live-stream video, edit play schedules, manually control the device, and access and edit pictures and videos.

The specs can be scaled up or down based on budget and desired use, with the EBO Air boasting the full range of specs from infrared night vision to laser functions and anti-drop technology. There are even options to select scheduled (or random) interactions with your pets—like pet tracking and a moonwalk laser play setting.

The EBO Air couldn’t have arrived at a better time—with one cat recovering in a cone of shame we needed all the eyes we could get on our frisky felines, whether we were in the next room or stepping out for a few hours. Plus, Enabot cameras are an attractive solution to home security, without the need for a camera in every room.

How the Enabot Pet Camera Works

Screenshot of the Enabot app
Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Leeson

The Enabot EBO Air play schedules can be customized and toggled on and off in the companion application.

Setting up the Enabot was fast and easy. Once the Enabot companion app is downloaded and the Enabot is on the docking station, EBO Air scans the in-app QR code to finish registration. After that, it took about two hours for it to fully charge. Then the EBO Air announces it’s ready to entertain my cats Atlas and Lyra with a charming “I’m going to play!”

Unlike a stationary pet camera, you could think of the Enabot as a mashup of a pet camera, robot vacuum, and cat toy. Manually drive the robot using the app—I found this to be surprisingly fun and an efficient method of viewing and interacting with my cats—or schedule daily playtimes that can be toggled on and off.

With EBO Air, a mobile home security option is at your fingertips. Simply set the security setting to your patrolling preferences, which will automatically record video of pet or human movement. While the cruise setting is limited to a three-minute patrol, fixed security monitoring from the docking station can be activated for a full 24 hours. Both settings can be scheduled and repeated multiple times a day and multiple days of the week to fit your schedule.

Whether you choose to manually drive or let EBO wheel around on its own, there’s a selection of cat-interacting settings. One setting dashes EBO forward, another sends EBO into figure eight movements, and there are a few that incorporate a laser pointer.

I’m not sure my cat’s cared much about which movement sequence EBO chose, as long as it was accompanied by EBO’s undeniably adorable sounds—including a hilarious “Oh noooo...” as EBO tumbled down the steps more than once. And it’s worth mentioning that EBO is onto something with its cutesy talk. Whether the makers realized it or not, scientists recently demonstrated that cats respond to baby talk more readily than human adult-to-adult speech.

Interest in the robot’s speech patterns aside, I was sure that attaching the included silicone feather to EBO’s head would entice my cats to play with the gadget rather than just curiously stare. Unfortunately, the feather looked more delicious to Lyra than fun and it was quickly removed. The Enabot has completed its interaction session or is running low on battery when it announces, “I’m going home to charge!”

What I liked about the Enabot EBO Air

Cat staring at the Enabot
Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Leeson

Atlas, waiting for Enabot EBO Air’s next move.

Good visual and audio quality

Offering 1080p HD resolution, Enabot delivers high-quality daytime video, good night vision, and digital zoom. With the ability to turn the camera 360 degrees, the 118-degree viewing angle is just fine. The Enabot’s audio isn’t the best I’ve experienced, but the two-way communication worked with little static and delay.

The worst thing about the camera quality—which didn’t bother me all too much—is the lack of a stabilizer. As the wobbly little robot traverses the hardwood to the carpet and under the couch, the video quality becomes shaky.

Cat taken in night vision
Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Leeson

Enabot EBO Air camera provides a clear picture day or night. Taken via the Enabot EBO Air.

Don’t have the ability to monitor your pet in real time? The EBO Air has an AI smart feature for that—sort of. With automatic picture-taking and video recording, the EBO Air captures a glimpse of your pet’s day using the security cruise setting with “pet recognition recording” toggled on. But the concept is half-baked it seems, with a limit of only three minutes to cruise around and find your pet.

Multi-terrain mobility and anti-stuck maneuvers

I was impressed by the camera’s ability to travel around the house, thanks to its tank-like tracks versus wheels and round shape. Sure, EBO found itself in a bind at times—lodged against the wall or moving from hardwood to carpet. But it would typically help itself with its shake feature or zooming backward and forward. It could usually right itself too if it happened to tumble over. The only substrate the Enabot can’t maneuver is the in-floor heating grates.

No subscriptions, upgrades, or hidden fees

You know exactly how much the device and its features are going to cost because there are no extra subscriptions or upgrades needed. From automated play and patrolling to internal video and picture storage—it’s all included with the EBO Air.

What I didn't like about the Enabot EBO Air

Cat staring at the Enabot with a green feather
Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Leeson

The Enabot camera features an attachable feather.

The battery life and docking capabilities

The battery of the Enabot is short-lived and it’s not the best at finding its docking station. So, if you’re relying on the Enabot to ease your anxious woes during a late night at the office, you could be out of luck if it spent the last hour wobbling around aimlessly sadly muttering “Ebo,” rather than docking to charge.

The good news is that Enabot will send a push notification when the device is lost. So, if you can spare a few minutes, the Enabot can be manually driven back to its docking station to charge.

Short interaction times

Perhaps it’s because the makers of Enabot know the device’s battery life isn’t suitable for prolonged use, but the automated settings have oddly short durations. If scheduling automated playtime with your pet, interactions are limited to five minutes or less. And while the cruise security setting with “pet recognition recording” is a brilliant concept, the EBO Air can only patrol for three minutes before returning to its docking station.

The laser

The Enabot is essentially eye level when my cats crouch down to sniff and watch the gadget. It shoots a stationary laser about a two-foot distance, coming dangerously close to shining the laser light directly into their eyes. My cats had no reactions to the short-lived laser sessions. So, not revisiting the laser play sequence was just fine with everyone.

The clunky app interface

While Enabot is IOS- and Android-friendly, it isn’t compatible with other smart home assistants including Google, Alexa, or Siri. Plus, the application itself could be more intuitive and cleaner. There are a lot of settings that I will never use—like the option to schedule a reminder that it’s raining outside and I need my umbrella. Or a memo pad to take notes.

The good news is that the most intuitive feature is manually driving the device, which turned out to be my favorite and most useful feature. Without mention of the companion application features in the user manual, most settings took trial and error to figure out.

Is the Enabot smart companion worth it?

Two cats staring at the Enabot
Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Leeson

With tracks versus wheels, the Enabot EBO Air can maneuver almost any surface.

Maybe, but not as a toy—only as a video tracker.

Overall, I like the small circular design and track maneuvering of the Enabot. Based on other customer reviews, the interactive features could add enrichment to a cat’s life. But would I consider the Enabot a smart toy made for cats? No—at best my cats had a short-lived fascination with the novel object and its peppy sounds. Personally, I plan to keep the gadget in sleep mode, only scheduling or manually maneuvering the camera to check in on my cats when we’re gone for extended periods.

The AI smart features could use some work, too. I like the concept of pet tracking, as Enabot advertises. The idea of a camera automatically following my cat in real-time video—take my money! But instead, the camera quickly loses track of a pet as they round a corner, focusing instead on the nearest rouge cat toy.

Automated cruising with pet or human recognition is another great feature—but falls short with limitations of the in-application settings and short battery life.

That’s not to say that this is a bad choice for a mobile pet camera. When it comes to a camera that can move from room to room—I’m a sucker for the cute robot that wheels right up to my cat and practically boops her on the nose. If you want a remote-controlled camera that can check your cat’s water and food levels between cat-sitting visits, the Enabot is up for the task.

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  1. Product image of Enabot Ebo Air

    Enabot Ebo Air

    Pros

    • Good audio and visual quality

    • Multi-terrain mobility

    • No hidden fees

    Cons

    • Battery life is short

    • Toys are lacking

    • App is clunky