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Even when on the lookout for the perfect photo opportunity, it isn't always possible to raise the camera and snap a shot at precisely the right moment.

But what if the camera could send you a message that the time for taking the perfect picture was right now?

That's the idea behind the Prosthetic Photographer, a device dreamed up by Peter Buczkowski, who included the project along with two others as part of his master's thesis, "Experiments in Human Computer Interaction through electrical body part stimulation."

When the camera's Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered brain figures out that a vista is suitable for capturing, the device sends an electric shock to the user. The attachment is said to be compatible with any DSLR or mirrorless camera, which means that anyone could theoretically be trained/equipped to take professional-quality shots. Then again, the quality of the shots is determined by a machine, which may have a different interpretation of beauty and professional quality than the user's.

Here's how the Prosthetic Photographer works, according to New Atlas: When the camera's software registers a 95% reading for a chance at a great photo, it sends a signal to a module powered by a 9-volt battery. Then, the photographer receives a minor jolt from a pair of electrodes located on a grip handle underneath the camera. This makes the user's index finger twitch, which compels the user to press a button on the front of the grip handle, capturing the photo.

The strength of the electric pulse can be modulated by fiddling with knobs on the back of the device, but it has to have enough oomph to force the user's finger to actually push the shutter button.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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