We’ve definitely seen goofy camera technology before, but this is for the dogs… literally. Nikon is experimenting with a system they’re calling “Heartography” that will automatically take a photograph when a preset heart rate is reached. While they could have tried this out with humans, it was probably quite a lot more interesting to try it out with dogs. Their first participant, Grizzler, seems happy enough to wear the necessary apparatus.
Nikon started with a simple question – What if emotions could take photographs? To answer that question, they devised a cradle that connects to a heart rate monitor via Bluetooth. When the heart rate exceeds a pre-set limit, the servo in the cradle activates, snapping a picture.
It might be a bit of a stretch to assume that elevated heart rates in humans would always equate to excitement – could just be exercise, walking up some stairs, boring stuff like that. A dog will give you a better shot of that higher heart rate meaning they’re truly excited about something. In Nikon’s promotional video for Heartography, we’re to assume that Grizzler was excited about some mushrooms, a staircase, the sky, and a bowl of food.
My dog’s photo reel would probably include entirely too many dog butts, anybody that walks past our house, and a general blur as she goes crazy running around whenever my wife or I come home. Quartz accurately points out that as excited as dogs can get, any attached camera would probably fill its memory card on any given walk.
There’s no word on whether or not Nikon plans to sell the Heartography cradle, but if Instagram and other photo sharing services start filling up with blurry pictures of squirrels and other knee-high photos that might be exciting to a dog we’ll probably have our answer.
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