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Pix We Love: Grizzler the Dog Took All of These Photos

Nikon combined a heart rate monitor, camera, and collar to create Heartography, which snaps photos when Grizzler's heart beats faster. There are more than a few pictures of cats.

Michael Leaverton  |  May 22nd 2015


We’ve seen cameras mounted on dogs for a while now, offering up unique perspectives on the canine lifestyle. Now, thanks to Nikon, we have a camera that dogs can use take pictures themselves. Humans (or a timer) do not control the shutter. The dog does, taking photos when the mood strikes.

The only caveat: The mood striking must be accompanied by a corresponding spike in the dog’s heart rate.

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Nikon’s heart-rate strap.

The case of the camera, you see, is connected to a heart-rate strap. Imagine the sort runners use to monitor their heartbeat. When a dog wearing the camera gets excited — say, about this or that, or, better yet, about anything and everything — the camera’s case notes the increase in heart rate and sends a signal to the camera over Bluetooth, which snaps a photo.

You can imagine how prolific our young canine photographers will become, taking pictures about, well, everything.

The technology behind it is called Heartography, and so far we just have a prototype camera. We also have a prototype photographer, named Grizzler. This is Grizzler:

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And here are Grizzler’s photographs:

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We don’t know about you, but those are amazing photos for a dog. Read more about Heartography at the Nikon site.

Via Quartz

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