January 03, 2014
Underwater Drones Coming to a Fishery Near You
By Tim Romano
These days, it seems that you can't go a week without hearing about some nefarious plot that has to do with drones or "unmanned aerial platforms" in regards to hunting. There's the "hunter watching" Surveillance Drones that PETA is selling, the thought of using them as a futuristic version of a game camera, the city that wants to shoot them down, and of course who could forget about chasing Bigfoot with them.
Now it seems that the movement has gone underwater, literally. The website OpenROV offers "kits" to build small remote controlled underwater robots. The about page on their site says that in addition to offering the kits for sale they are also "a community of people who are working together to create more accessible, affordable, and awesome tools for underwater exploration."
Now I don't know about you all, but I can't imagine the blowback here regarding privacy issues or any other problems will be as great as the aerial stuff. Obviously as a photographer and videographer I'm highly interested in something like this, but can you imagine the possibilities for fishing if you wanted to geek out on it. Curious what type of structure the bass are hanging out in? Drop in your OpenROV. Wondering how far back that cutbank goes? Drop in your OpenROV. Wondering if there's any fish near your bait below your ice hole? You get the picture ... In my mind the possibilities are endless and I'm sure the technology for this type of stuff will only get smaller and less expensive.