Monday, December 17, 2012
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."
The SmartRod™ alerts you of a fish bite by light and sound or both. It uses Computer Controlled Accelerometer Technology, similar technology used by smartphones.
"There's a big advantage to being able to hear when you're getting a bite," said Kendall Nicholson, a tournament fisherman. "I think it's a wonderful idea. It's something I would definitely purchase."
The SmartRod™ retails between $55-$70 and will be available starting Dec. 21.
To find out more information about the Tackobox Poletap SmartRod™, click here.