Introduction: GoPro Dog Collar

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Dogs are amazing. Anyone that has had one knows exactly what I'm talking about. So have you ever been interested in seeing life how your four-legged friend sees it? Well after a little experimenting, there's finally an easy way to do just that.


Here's some video using the GoPro Dog Collar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56-OaEwo3KE

Step 1: Tools & Materials

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To build this GoPro Dog Collar you'll need some basic items and some basic tools.

Materials:

• A GoPro and it's original packaging

• 4 small bolts

• 4 small nuts

• A thick, wide dog collar made of nylon/leather that is capable of carrying a GoPro camera.


Tools:

• A Dremel

• Drill bit and Cut-Off Wheel bit for Dremel

• A screwdriver

• A wrench/pliers

• Sandpaper (optional)


Oh, I almost forgot, you're going to need a dog too!

Step 2: Gopro Display Plate

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When you purchase a GoPro it will be screwed into a plastic plate inside the packaging. It attaches to the plate using what is called a quick release mount, a commonly used tool with the cameras. You'll need to separate this plate from the packaging, as you're going to make some cuts to this thing with your Dremel.

Place and line up the display plate on your collar as shown in the photo. Make marks on plate for where to cut. The goal is to cut the plate to the width of the collar, but no more and no less. You're essentially making a belt-buckle. After you've cut the plate, you'll probably have some rough edges. Take some sandpaper to it if you feel like it, it will be more comfortable for the wearer.

Proceed to drill 4 holes through the plate and through the collar in the exact places. The holes must be lined up correctly for the next steps to be successful. (Ignore the extra holes, some were used in packaging.)

Step 3: Attaching the Mount

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Insert the bolts into the holes you've drilled in the collar. If you're using nylon, this will be tricky. A screwdriver or possibly even drill will be necessary to screw them into the collar.

Once the screws are in place, place the plate you've just cut to size on top of the collar where you've chosen to mount it. The bolts and the holes in the plate should patch up perfectly, and there should be enough bolt sticking out of the plate to fasten a nut to. Use your wrench or pliers to attach the nut tightly. By now there should be little to no bolt protruding past the nut.

Step 4: Finished GoProduct

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Now you're all set to film some footage! I've used this mount countless times with my German Shepherd, she seems to enjoy running around with it on. This is one of the most unique GoPro mount I've ever seen, so enjoy the neat footage you get while using it!

Thanks to all of my supporters, subscribers, and feedback givers!

Comments

Ben Parker (author)2016-01-04

How much is a camera like that?

artenlor (author)Ben Parker2016-10-14

I got mine for about 60$

Arr0gantExp3rt7 (author)2014-03-18

Is there any way to make it a live feed??

Yes! GoPro includes wifi hotspots built into the camera, therefore you can pair the camera to your smartphone, and watch a live feed! It's very cool.

kiley_bell (author)trans4mation2015-10-19

I'm interested in buying a GoPro (and attaching it to the collar like you've shown above...great idea!) but I'm a bit confused about the wifi hotspots/live stream thing. My dog roams the forest behind my house a lot and I would love to see what he is getting up to in real time by checking my smartphone to see the live feed. Do you know if this is possible or does he have to be within WiFi range to my house? (which would only be a few feet at best)

JoeG122 (author)kiley_bell2016-06-23

The app for smartphones actually results in your phone pairing to an ad-hoc wifi created by the GoPro, or at least the newest versions do. So you're limited to a fairly short range created by the camera itself.

Wolf321 (author)Arr0gantExp3rt72014-12-25

Yes. The go pro app can stream live feed.

Mauricca (author)2015-08-24

Wow, video is very funny! I must try it!

ASCAS (author)2014-05-23

AWESOME! This is going to be fun!

trans4mation (author)ASCAS2014-06-17

Have an awesome time!

Lokisgodhi (author)2014-06-16

Uh oh. Now there'll be evidence of all the things your dog does that he doesn't want you to know about.

Expect to be served with a lawsuit from the ACCLU* for invasion of privacy forthwith.

*= American Canine Civil Liberties Union.

trans4mation (author)Lokisgodhi2014-06-17

You'd be surprised to know whenever I put it on, she doesnt talk back about it! :P

kaldridge1 (author)2014-03-19

must do

trans4mation (author)kaldridge12014-05-20

Awesome! Have fun!

Nhoj16 (author)2014-03-22

What no video? :)

trans4mation (author)Nhoj162014-05-20

There's a video up now! Thank you for your interest.

Javin007 (author)2014-05-05

I'd do this, but I'd end up with 20 hours of the bed comforter. The other 4 hours would be the window sill. :/ And they're not even old. Just lazy.

trans4mation (author)Javin0072014-05-20

I know the feeling, I have a golden retriever (also not old) that is not much of a retriever. Go figure? :P

Mixey 101 (author)2014-05-16

This looks cool . Must try it :)

trans4mation (author)Mixey 1012014-05-20

If you decide to give it a try, please share pictures! :D

joey24dirt (author)2014-03-18

Awesome! I just tried this for myself a few days ago. We live right on the coast so got some good footage of him diving over waves. I had the gopro strapped to a chest harness though. Definitely seems more stable on a collar so will give that a go too!

trans4mation (author)joey24dirt2014-03-19

Great minds think alike, huh? That footage sounds awesome (if you make a video out of it, please share it in the comments!) I love the ocean, yet ironically I ended up with probably the only Golden Retriever and German Shepherd in the world to dislike swimming. Go figure. :) Thanks for commenting!

trans4mation (author)2014-03-18

You're awesome! Thanks for looking out for those animals! And thank you for commenting.

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