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.