Underwater drones and VR glasses may be the unfortunate future of fishing

Underwater drones and VR glasses may be the unfortunate future of fishing
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Is it actually fishing if you can see underwater?

Drones are out in droves at CES this year, and as we start to accept them in our everyday lives we're seeing new and interesting ways for people to use them, even while fishing.

Although plenty of people have taken their aerial drones to the sky to help spot sea creatures, PowerVision created a submersible robot called the PowerRay that can help you catch fish.

The PowerRay will dive to a depth of 98 feet and an optional add-on Fishfinder sonar system can help you track fish 131 feet deeper, giving you a potentially unfair advantage over the poor little fishes.

The Fishfinder can also be detached and used as a standalone device.

An onboard camera and Wi-Fi system can transmit images, data and realtime 1080p streaming, which can be accessed using an iOS or Android app.

Users can also set up notifications on the app, so the robot can do all the work until an interested fish comes by.

If you really want to dive into the action the PowerRay can also hook up to PowerVision VR Goggles.

Using this feature, the operator can control the robot by simply tilting their head.

Adding to the unfair fishing advantage, the device has a blue-tinted light intended to lure fish, as well as a "precision remote bait drop," which can deliver bait to a desired location using the mobile app.

Considering the whole thing relies heavily on a camera, we're unsure how practical this could be unless used in extremely clear water, but the concept is pretty cool and there is always the sonar view from the Fishfinder if the water is murky.

Preorders for the PowerRay are supposed to start in February, though the price has yet to be announced.

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