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Nikon PAW action cam by Felix Fastenrath - no official product by Nikon

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Please note that this is no official product by Nikon

research

In-use research on actioncams for Nikon PAW In-use research on actioncams for Nikon PAW Research on actioncams and dogs for Nikon PAW
In-use research on actioncams for Nikon PAW In-use research on actioncams for Nikon PAW Research on actioncams and dogs for Nikon PAW
In-use research on actioncams for Nikon PAW In-use research on actioncams for Nikon PAW Research on actioncams and dogs for Nikon PAW

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Heartography

Design an action cam that lets dog owners experience the world through the eyes of their dog!

Desktop and in-use research

I started my research reading posts in online shops and on specialised websites, then I analysed the market situation, prizing and competition. After this desktop-based part, I had a hands-on with an action cam, tried it and documented problems. At the end I developed a concrete design task.

potentials

Data management

Unfortunately, dogs are bad directors, so watching the footage they record might not be very exciting. A potential is to develop a system that tags the video clips so you can see at first glance which sequences might be interesting.

Mounting

Dog mounts on the market mostly attach the camera to the dog‘s back, but that might not be the best spot. The camera should not handicap the dog‘s agility but should still guarantee a good point of view.

Connectivity

After a long recording session, how can the footage be transferred fast and easily to a computer or phone? Or is it more convenient to have it transferred already during recording?

Battery management

The short battery life is the biggest weakness of action cams. How can it be extended or at least, how can it be made easier to exchange the battery when it is empty?

Easy controls

As one does not want to miss any interesting situation, it might be necessary to switch the camera on very quickly. How can the control elements be arranged on the camera to create an easily accessible interface?

Potential Nikon PAW actioncam dogs data management Potential Nikon PAW actioncam dogs mounting Potential Nikon PAW actioncam dogs connectivity Potential Nikon PAW actioncam dogs battery management Potential Nikon PAW actioncam dogs easy controls

ideation

Ideation global concept sketches for Nikon PAW actioncam

Global concepts

Having identified the potential fields for my product, I started developing ideas for each field. Following the Wuppertaler process I also took visionary, but maybe not practical solutions into consideration. They would be assessed in the next step.

consolidated concept

Consolidated concept for Nikon PAW dog actioncam

Harness

Provides comfort and good view

Bayonet

Easy attach and detach

Single button

Starts and ends the recording

Angled geometry

Complements the dog's anatomy

Connectivity

Micro USB for charging and files transfer

Two-parted concept

The result is a camera that is mounted to a harness using a bayonet connector. To meet the anatomy of a dog‘s breast, the camera has an angled geometry so it looks to the front and not to the ground. It is controlled with a single control element and has micro USB for charging and data transfer.

design development

Sketches of Nikon PAW dog action cam

Sketching

The design was influenced most by the special geometric requirements which are caused by the use at the breast of the dog, and by the choice of Nikon as a brand for the actioncam.

in-use

Nikon PAW dog actioncam in-use detail Nikon PAW dog actioncam in-use detail
Nikon PAW dog actioncam in-use detail Nikon PAW dog actioncam in-use detail
Nikon PAW software interface dog actioncam

Finding the best clip

Use the Nikon PAW software to have the best sequences of the video tagged with the sensors‘ symbols. So you can easily jump to these points, enjoy funny and interesting clips and don‘t have to watch the whole, long video.

Nikon PAW design model money shot