Would you give the car keys to a goldfish?

Jul 24, 2014

Dutch designers have built a prototype 'car' for fish. Equipped with a webcam, micro-computer and motorised wheels, the mobile fish tank utilises computer vision technology to track its fish driver's movements to get around. Video: Reuters

It's called 'Fish on Wheels' and it's exactly that...a car of sorts, designed to be driven.... by fish.

A webcam monitors the driver's movements. Software analyses the image and automatically steers the tank relative to his or her location.

And while it might look fishy, Thomas De Wolf of design firm Studio Diip, says the odd creation shows the promise of interactive computer vision technology.

Whether this swimming driver knows he's in charge of a vehicle isn't clear. Goldfish are famously said to have a memory of just three seconds.

But de Wolf says the project has serious applications, insisting that advances in computer vision technology could help designers cast their net wide for new products.

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to market the device.

Take up has proved disappointing so far, but de Wolf and fellow designer Guust Hilte are already onto their next project....saying they have bigger fish to fry.



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