Nikon has done the impossible. They’ve turned a dog into a photographer..
What do you get when you cross a dog with a camera? Well, depending on who’s on the other side of the camera it’ll either be some adorable pictures of a dog, or nothing.. Because dogs can’t use cameras. That is until now, as Nikon has developed a harness that uses a dog’s heart rate to judge when to snap a picture showing us exactly what dogs are excited by.
Nikon has unveiled an interesting doggy harness via its Heartography technology concept that straps a Nikon Coolpix L31 on the front of your pup and using a custom case and software, senses when your dog is most excited using a heart rate sensor and then tells the camera to snap a picture. The result, a gallery filled with pictures of the exact moment your dog’s excitement peaks. So whether your dog is excited by food, treats, or tennis balls, you’ll be able to see the exact moment your pooch is excited through this concept.
Fortunately for families such as ours who own over excitable pups, you can set a baseline for the sensor so you get photos of things actually interesting and not the moment you put a jumper on, the moment you stir in bed, or the moment you accidentally spill some tea on the floor.
To show you exactly what your “phodographer” could do with this concept, Nikon introduced Grizzler, an adorable collie who Nikon have called the “world’s first canine photographer”, as well as a couple of shots taken by the pup. They are of course pretty impressive, but I can imagine they’re hand picked out of hundreds of blurry images, images with fur blocking the lense, and probably dog butts.
Unfortunately for those wanting to strap the Heartography harness on their pooch, that might never actually happen as Nikon Asia has revealed no plans to make a real-life consumer product.