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Nikon’s dog camera snaps a photo when your pup is excited
Welcome to the world of dogtography.
What’s life like through the eyes of a dog?
As part of its new Heartography project, Nikon is showcasing a camera that will give us a view of the world from on four legs.
The idea is that by linking heart rate to a camera’s shutter, it’s possible to capture images that literally make your heart beat faster.
Nikon strapped the new camera into a dog-friendly, wearable cradle that sits on the dog’s chest. A collar equipped with a heart rate monitor tracks the four-legged photographer’s emotions and tells the camera to start snapping when the pup’s heart is racing. The heart rate appears on a small OLED screen on the camera case, and two buttons on the case raise or lower the base heart rate required for the camera to start snapping pictures.
The test subject for the camera—a happy, excitable dog named Grizzler—was sent into the field to capture a day’s worth of doggy excitement. What gets Grizzler going? Mostly other dogs, food, and cats. Pretty much exactly what you’d expect a dog to spend its energy on.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a camera strapped to a dog in hopes of a dog’s eye view, but it is the first time we know the photos are of things that genuinely excite them.
Nikon hasn’t released availability details about the dog-mounted camera, but it’s likely this won’t be the last we see of the Heartography technology, dogs or no dogs. The heart monitor trick would make total sense in a GoPro-style camera, or anything adventure-seekers count on to capture their sights.
AJ Dellinger is a seasoned technology writer whose work has appeared in Digital Trends, International Business Times, and Newsweek. In 2018, he joined Gizmodo as the nights and weekend editor.