Underwater robot provides 'eyes' for finding and catching fish

Jan. 3, 2017
PowerVision has introduced a vision-guided underwater robot, the PowerRay, which is designed specifically to help fishing enthusiasts and hobbyists find and catch fish. 

PowerVision has introduced a vision-guided underwater robot, the PowerRay, which is designed specifically to help fishing enthusiasts and hobbyists find and catch fish.

The PowerRay robot is equipped with a camera that shoots 4K video or stills, and transmits in real-time to a smartphone. The camera captures footage underwater using a 100° wide-angle lens in 4K, MP4 video at 30 fps or 12 MPixel stills in 5 fps bursts. PowerRay features an underwater diving depth of 98 feet and has a maximum operating time of four hours.

Available with the PowerRay is the PowerRay Fishfinder, which is a standalone sonar system that detects fish and transmits images of the underwater landscape, temperature data, as and alerts through internal Wi-Fi to enable users to make quick decisions. The sonar system can detect fish up to 131 feet below the robot, making the total diving depth up to 230 feet with precision up to 3.9 in. The Wi-Fi system enables transmission of images and data over distances of up to 262 feet. Equipped with an internal blue-hued fish luring light, the Fishfinder also has a maximum operating time of four hours.

With the robot’s mobile app, users view the real-time photo or video and can also view the real-time position of the PowerRay robot, select travel mode, speed, and light setting, and operate the camera. Furthermore, the robot is optionally available with VR goggles that provide an underwater view, which also allows the user to interact with and manipulate the robot under water via head tilting.

"Recreational fishing is one of the lifestyle areas that has not seen major technology breakthroughs. By introducing PowerRay, PowerVision is completely changing the way we have been fishing in the past 7,000 years. Through innovating the fish finding technology and features, providing the thrill of finding the catch and an immersive underwater experience through virtual reality, PowerRay is going to provide more efficiency, thrill, and fun to fishermen around the world," said Wally Zheng, CEO of PowerVision Technology Group. "Recreational fishing will never be the same again."

PowerVision’s robot will be available for pre-order on February 27, 2017. No prices have been released.

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Since joining the team 2013, James covered machine vision and imaging from numerous angles, including application stories, industry news, market updates, and new products. In addition to writing and editing articles for each issue of the magazine, James managed the Innovators Awards program and webcasts.


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