Nikon Wants to Make a Throwing Your Camera to Take a Picture "Feature"

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Camera toss photos can be wonderful, but they're notoriously hard to pull off. Nikon just filed a patent for a technology that would make high-flying photography a snap. Does Nikon seriously want people to throw their cameras?

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Illustration for article titled Nikon Wants to Make a Throwing Your Camera to Take a Picture "Feature"

Timing the throw so that the shutter fires exactly at the apex when the lens is pointing in the right direction can be very tough. Nikon's patent would use an accelerometer to detect the trajectory of a throw and snap photos at the right moment during a throw. And since throwing your camera into the air is a fantastic way to destroy your camera, the patent also mentions some protection for the landing.

After the camera snaps the photos, it could retract the lens automatically so that your first easy to use photo doesn't end up being your last. [PetaPixel via egami.blog.so-net.ne.jp]

Image via quinet/ Flickr

DISCUSSION

I used to have a model rocket that, once shot, would snap a picture as the parachute deployed. The problem was trying to ensure that the film roll didn't incinerate, the lens didn't crack upon landing, and that the whole lot didn't end up in a pond/highway/tree. In fact, I think on my second launch, a great gust of wind took mine away and into oblivion... 12 year old me never got over that.