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Computerized fishing rod won't put worms on hooks

SmartRod has a bite-sensitive accelerometer. Just sit back and wait for the alarm to ring. Then reel 'em in.


If you like a little high-tech help when fishing for dinner, leave the fishfinder at home and try this electronic rod.

The SmartRod has an accelerometer that tells you when a fish bites your line. A sound or light alarm goes off so you can try reeling it in promptly.

Billed as the first of its kind in the world, the SmartRod is the subject of an Indiegogo campaign that's aiming to amass $50,000 for development with 20 days remaining. It's got a long way to go.

As the promo vid below explains, the rod has three sensitivity settings that you select with the push of a button.

"It does all the thinking for you, so you can concentrate on catching fish," inventor Ed Hope says.

The 7-foot spinning rods, which start at $55, automatically stop bleeping as soon as you start reeling in the line. There's also a silent mode for when you don't want to disturb fellow anglers or the fish themselves.

A nice feature is that you can use any reel since the alarm is built into the rod itself.

Now if only it had a built-in laser too.