Now you can give that lazy Colonel McFlufferson XII a much-needed workout while you're sitting on the bus.

Want to spy on your pet while indulging in a spot of light taunting from afar? What are we saying? Of course you do; you’re a crackpot pet owner. Luckily, there are millions just the same as you, and the world of smart tech has heard your plea…Enter PlayDate.

A durable pet ball for both dogs and cats, PlayDate is equipped with a stabilised hidden camera, a WiFi connection, and the ability to roll around at your command. Connect PlayDate to the app on your phone, and you can use the directional touchpad to make the ball roll around your house for your pet’s enjoyment wherever you are in the world.

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Whether you’re on the bus to work or sitting on a sun lounger in the south of France – as long as you’ve got an internet connection you can spy on their play session in real-time from the ball’s live HD video stream. There’s even a two-way mic for chatting to your pet. Let’s not pretend none of us do that already…

Of course, a pet ball with a hidden camera would be nothing if you couldn’t save the memories, so PlayDate also lets you snap pictures and record footage from your remote play sessions. To throw in a bit of extra excitement and mystery, you can also activate PlayDate’s customisable virtual squeaker, or insert some ribbons into the outer slit for the cat to chase.

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PlayDate is made from thick, shatterproof polycarbonate, so it’s designed to withstand a fair amount of rough and tumble with all sizes of pets. In case your pet becomes hell-bent on trying to rip PlayDate to shreds like every other inanimate object that moves, you’ll be pleased to know that the outer shell is replaceable to prolong PlayDate’s life.

If you’re in the market for a really awesome pet toy that’s just as fun for you as it is for Fido, then PlayDate is definitely one to try. You can pre-order it for $149 (£103) from Indiegogo. Shipping worldwide is set for December this year.