Friday Fun: Fido gets a New Toy and it’s Spelled N-I-K-O-N

By // May 22, 2015 // Posted in Cameras & Lenses, Friday Fun

This here is Grizzler. He’s a dog (in case that wasn’t obvious). And like a lot of dogs, he gets excited about stuff. But unlike other dogs, Grizzler has a cool toy that lets him photograph what excites him.

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Image courtesy Nikon.

Grizzler’s abilities are courtesy of a new project from Nikon dubbed “Heartography.” Basically, Nikon built a 3D-printed camera case that straps around Grizzler’s neck and connects to a heart rate monitor. Whenever Grizzler’s heart rate spikes, the case triggers the camera shutter, cluing us in to what makes this dog’s day.

Hmmm, so what gets Grizzler’s shutter firing? No surprises here:

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Image courtesy Nikon.

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Image courtesy Nikon.

In fact, it doesn’t take much to get Grizzler amped up. Shoes, flowers, other dogs, stairs, playgrounds, sprouting mushrooms, cans of beans and even clouds in the sky sent his heart aflutter. (Grizzler’s portfolio is a reminder that dogs have such sunny dispositions—unlike some other household pets we can think of.)

The Heartographer case exists only as a prototype and Nikon has no immediate plans to commercialize it.

Still, it’s not hard to imagine this concept of emotion-triggered shutters evolving into an actual commercial product. After all, we have smart watches and fitness trackers that monitor our heart rates and communicate via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with our smartphones. Tiny cameras like the Narrative that can be clipped onto a lapel or purse also use Bluetooth. A pairing of the two seems like a natural evolution.

For now, though, Heartography is a dog’s life. And what a life it is.


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