Fishing is one of the few sports that have remained largely unchanged throughout the years. Advancements in technology have not fundamentally changed fishing; rather, they have augmented the fishing experience and made it more enjoyable and accessible to more people. From fish finders that use sonar and GPS technology to dedicated social media platforms for sharing fishing information, and even drones specially crafted to help with fishing, many tools have been developed to make fishing more convenient.
However, technology has also been developed for those who take their fishing a bit more seriously: the Smart Rod Sensor by Cyberfishing. Debuting at CES 2019, the product was shortlisted as an Honoree in the Innovation Awards. This is due not only to its smart capabilities but to its ingenious application of modern engineering in its design as well.
Modern PCB designs have enabled engineers to create electronics with irregular or complex pad shapes. Specifically, developers are turning to rigid-flex PCBs which can be designed on editing software that supports circuit planning and testing for a flexible board that bends or folds. We’ve seen this in the creation of mechanical tackles – tiny fishing lures that can even mimic live prey – and Cyberfishing has taken things a step further by developing a lightweight sensor that you can easily clip onto your favorite rod.
Once attached, this sensor can record all the data from your fishing trips, including the number of casts made, the surrounding weather conditions, ambient temperature, precipitation, wind speed, and pressure. The sensor will also allow you to record the time, place, and conditions of every catch you make with just the tap of a button. At the end of your trip, you can connect your smart sensor to the dedicated Cyberfishing app to save and review all of the data generated from your trip.
You can then plot all the other details for your catches: attach photos, input the species, and the weight, and build a digital history of all the fish you’ve ever caught. What’s more, with the Cyberfishing Smart Rod Sensor, competitive anglers can easily track and plot hotspots. Over time, avid anglers can generate enough data on their favorite fishing holes to be able to predict which areas can potentially yield more catches. The data generated by the sensor can also help you find patterns you may have missed.
Anglers have often relied on information shared by others about the types of fish found in particular water sources, where best to cast, and what times of day it’s best to do so. Cyberfishing’s Smart Rod Sensor takes care of this aspect as well, giving each user access to their own personal historical data and the ability to share it with others.
The sensor is also incredibly lightweight, weighing in at just 9 grams. Its sleek design also means you hardly notice it as you cast, and it keeps your favorite fishing rod working as intended. Most importantly, the sensor is watertight and waterproof, and its two hardwearing rubber bands mean it can withstand the toughest conditions.
With the Cyberfishing Smart Rod Sensor, gone are the days of trying to recall and recreate your best catches. Instead, you’ll have access to all of the information you need about your fishing trips, helping you break your own records and land your greatest catches yet.