December 18, 2012
KS Man Claims to Have Invented Rod That Alerts You When a Fish Bites
By Chad Love
A Kansas man claims that he has invented the world's first computerized fishing rod that tells you when a fish is biting.
From this story on kake.com:
It is being called the world's first "smart" fishing pole and the inventor lives in Kansas. "It took a long time to get to the point where we can actually say, 'We have the only, world's first computerized fishing [pole],'" said Ed Hope.
Hope is the inventor behind the Tackobox Poletap SmartRod™, which was awarded a utility patent last year. He came up with the idea after having a few fishing poles out at night and not being able to know if he caught a fish. "It just served the purpose for me," he said. "I'm a fisherman. I like getting out here and relaxing and fishing and [thought] maybe I can solve some problems for some other fishermen."
Hmmm, sounds vaguely familiar. Didn't our grandfathers used to use "analog" fish-detecting computers on their fishing poles that performed roughly the same function? I think they were called "bells." At any rate, according to the story, the SmartRod alerts you to a fish bite by light, sound, or both by using what's called Computer Controlled Accelerometer technology, which is apparently also used in devices like smartphones. The SmartRod will retail between $55 and $70 and according to the story will be available for purchase on Dec. 21, provided the world doesn't end.