We’re big fans of all things tech here at nowin8.com, so when we come across something interesting, we love to have a closer look – even if it’s totally outside of the normal computing and gadget market. That’s why we were so taken aback when we saw something technologically cool in the fishing industry.
Sure, fish finders for amateur fishermen have been around for a few decades now, and they have some pretty slick technology, but when it comes to computers, smart phones, and other devices, there’s not a lot going on.
Introducing the Vexilar T-Pod
One of the most innovative products we’ve seen in a long time, the T-Pod fish finder unit from Vexilar is made up of two major components.
The first is the actual transducer/transmitter that goes in the water and uses SONAR to find fish and the bottom of the water you’re fishing on. It works just like most other transducers and relays information based on sound waves to your display so you can see what’s going on. The cool thing about this one is, though, is that not only is it just over $100, coming in at the very low end of fish finders, but it actually is a small Wi-Fi generating pod. When it is turned on, it creates a wireless signal that allows it to connect to the display screen! Pretty cool. Now, what about that display screen?
The other component is the screen, but you won’t get one included with the device when you open the box. That’s because the display screen is your existing Apple or Android smart phone or tablet. You just download an app (“Going fishing today, Bob.” “Hey, is there an app for that?” “Yup!”) and sync it with the Wi-Fi connection on the transducer and you will receive the signal right on your phone or tablet.
Now, this is awesome for a few reasons. For one, most of the competitors in this price range are dull gray-scale screens that are a bit difficult to get a clear picture with. By using your smart device, you get access to the incredible screen resolution and full color display, making what your viewing under the water easy to see and identify.
Second, it means less bulk, fewer parts, and less cost for you. If you’ve already got a smart device, you just need to head to the app store…can’t get much easier than that. You’ll probably have your phone with you while you’re out on the water anyway, so why not make use of it this way?
The finder comes with a handy arm band that will fit most smart phones so that you don’t have to hold it in your hand. This gives you both hands for fishing, which you’ll obviously need, and provides a great place for you to see and access the display quickly.
The app comes in 17 languages, and the transmitter is backed by a 1 year warranty. These guys are serious about their product and continue to innovate and make it better.
So there you have it – your day’s top tech device harnessing mobile technology…in fishing!