Please note that this is no official product by Nikon
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Design an action cam that lets dog owners experience the world through the eyes of their dog!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
Provides comfort and good view
Easy attach and detach
Starts and ends the recording
Complements the dog's anatomy
Micro USB for charging and files transfer
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.
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.
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.