Dog Wears Camera That Takes Pictures When He Gets Excited

Dog with a camera attached to his chest to take pictures whenever he gets excited

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

If you're a dog owner,  you've surely wondered about the way your pet perceives the world. While it's easy to tell when they are happy because we can see them wagging their tail, we've never been certain about the exact things that capture their hearts. To demystify what triggers a dog's heart to beat faster, Nikon Asia made a special camera for a dog that would only take pictures of the things that excite him. Of course, turning a dog into a street photographer is a complex endeavor, but the results were amazing.

For this project, cleverly titled Heartography, the team mounted a camera on the chest of Grizzler, their test dog. The camera was attached to a device that snaps photos based on his heartbeat. In other words, whenever his heart rate spikes, the camera takes a picture. To achieve this, they used an external heart rate monitor that triggers the shutter of a Coolpix L31 point-and-shoot camera.

The resulting images were shared in a compelling video. The pictures are a heartwarming look at what makes a dog's day, from encounters with other dogs to their food bowl. However, the other things that make their heart race are what make this a truly insightful experiment. We see other animals, such as crabs in a tank, a pigeon on the street, and even a cat by a window. There are also more random topics, like the inside of a car trunk, a pair of flip flops, and some broken eggs.

While many have been skeptical of the great pics taken by the dog, a more detailed explanation may further clarify how this clever gadget works. According to Popular Mechanics, “An elastic band detects the dog's heartbeat, using bluetooth to send the information to the Heartography SmartCase which houses the camera. If the dog's heart rate spikes, indicating that it's excited, a microcontroller activates a servo hidden inside the case that punches the shutter, which focuses the shot then takes it.” The human in charge can also adjust the heart rate at which the camera snaps a picture.

Since Nikon Asia hasn't looked further into a commercial release for this gadget, we can only daydream and wonder about the things that our dog would take pictures of. Nevertheless, if there's one takeaway from this experiment, it's that we can try to be more like our pups, and revel in being excited about the small things in life.

Nikon Asia turned a dog into a street photographer by making him take pictures of the things that excite him.

Picture of a white dog taken by a dog with a camera attached to his chest

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

On the dog's chest, they mounted a camera attached to a device that snaps photos based on his heartbeat.

Dog Nikon Camera Heartography

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Car trunk full of groceries including Mazzola oil boxes

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Whenever the curious canine's heart rate spiked, the camera would auto-focus and snap a picture.

Turtle on land near a lake

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Dog Nikon Camera Heartography

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

This is a real peek into the mind and heart of a dog who appreciates the little things in life.

Dog food and bowl of water

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Happy sand-colored dog

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You can learn more about the project and the pictures taken by the dog in this video:

Nikon Asia: Website | Instagram | YouTube

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Regina Sienra

Regina Sienra is a Staff Writer at My Modern Met. Based in Mexico City, Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with specialization in Journalism from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has 10+ years’ experience in Digital Media, writing for outlets in both English and Spanish. Her love for the creative arts—especially music and film—drives her forward every day.
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