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Robotic "fish tank car" allows fish to explore the outside world

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 10, 2014 12:00 PM
We've all kept fish that seem curious about the world outside their glass boxes. A very cool new "fish tank car" gives our finned friends the opportunity to do exactly that - drive around the room towards anything they fancy.

Fish on wheels

This fascinating invention (and video) was shared via reddit.  A fish (in this case a goldfish) is placed within a small acrylic tank mounted atop a mechanized electric four-wheel vehicle.  Using a camera and vision software, a computer determines the direction a fish is aiming to swim towards and steers the vehicle in that direction!

The inventors, Studio diip (short for "designing intelligent imaging products), built this concept vehicle to showcase potential applications for image recognition technology.  Don't hold your breath for a commercial version of this product to hit the market, but just imagine where your favorite fish might roam if he had a ride like this!

P.S. The inventors assure the goldfish is placed back into a larger conventional aquarium when he is done with his gran turismo driving session.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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