(credit: FishEyes) FishEyes Rod & Reel with Underwater Video Camera | US$79.90 | www.fish-eyes.com
when it comes to analog photography, you will experience the anticipation of waiting for your film to develop. i guess, fishing has much the same kind of feeling except that the wait is probably shorter. for fishing, there’s no telling if an area has fishes but wouldn’t it be nice if you could ‘see’ if there are any catches and decide if you should stay or move on? sounds too good to be true? not if you have the FishEyes Rod & Reel with Underwater Video Camera. basically, it is a rod and reel fishing rod (albeit, being uncomfortably shorter) that has a video camera attached to a hook that sends the video signal to a color LCD display integrated to the fishing rod.
the video camera lets you have a view of what’s happening under the surface, and also see if there are catches around, instead of spending precious time waiting for fishes that never come. for the first time, user can now see how the fish catches on the bait, assuming if the fish even wants to take the bait. the fishing line, in this case also doubles as power and signal cable for the video camera and has a maximum depth of 25-feet (7.6-meters). though the rod is constructed of reinforce high-strength polymer, there’s no telling how much force the rod or the cable can withstand but if it fails, you would probably risk losing a $79.90 gadget in a snap. literally.
i wouldn’t brush it away as novelty but i do see some use for it, such as getting kids interested in fishing or use it to eliminate the mystery of whether there are or aren’t any fishes in the area before proceeding with a more professional rod. check out a info-promo video of the FishEyes after the break.