You thought your dinner was nice looking, so you snapped a photo. You thought the sunset was pretty, so you took a photo. One only has to look at Instagram to see what excites humans enough to document (pretty much everything.) So it was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to let dogs snap photos from their perspectives, mostly using their emotions!
How It Works
Nikon calls its experiment the Heartography experiment, which is actually really cute and appropriate in more than one way if you think about it. The company 3D printed a custom case for one of its cameras that can be strapped around a dog in order to take photos from the pooch’s perspective. Nikon says that special case is connected to a heart-rate monitor strap, much like the ones runners use to track their heartbeat. When the dog’s heart rate spikes, the case snaps a photo! Think about it, that could mean anything from a squirrel (!) sighting to meeting his favorite dog friend in the park, to checking out an exciting scent on the sidewalk.
What Dogs Get Excited About
You already know how excited your dog gets when you come home from work, or reach for his leash, or pick up his food bowl. Your pup is a happy creature and is easily excited by many sites and smells that we find mundane or maybe even gross. A dog who tested out Nikon’s creation captured some predictable photos, from a cat hiding underneath some chairs, to pigeons, to simply groceries sitting in a car’s trunk. Check out some of the photos below.
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For now this special camera is just a prototype, but if it were something your dog had access to, what do you think he would snap photos of? You could get creative and try to rig some sort of a camera do your dog’s collar (carefully), or you could just take a cool picture from his perspective. Show us your dog’s artistic eye on Instagram with the hashtag #Brindlesny and you could be featured on Fifth + Bark!