Michael Reeves is very short, and according to him it’s amazing. He has plenty of room on cars/planes/busses, and beds are always spacious, something I (at ~6’4”) am acutely aware of any time I have to fly, AKA get my knees bashed for several hours at a time. On the other hand, taller people do have a huge advantage when taking pictures, as we dominate the scene looking down from the last row with an air of superiority… until now!
That’s because Reeves has come up with the ‘Tazer Camera’ that makes him the tallest person in the picture, not with some sort of scissor lift shoes or arm extension, but by shocking everyone else into submission with a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit. The rig employs a wireless camera flash controller to send shutter signals from the camera taking the picture, which is transmitted to custom leg-worn units that use an Arduino Nano and relay to trigger the muscle simulator.
The result is that the camera takes a picture — or several sequential pictures depending on how you set it up — while at the same your subjects (including at one point William Osman) drop to the ground in pain, rendering the picture taker the tallest person in the shot. The trick, of course, is that you have to get people to actually put the device on, but after this bit of persuasion, the results are well worth it.
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Author: Jeremy S. Cook