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Invention alerts ice anglers to fish on the line

Posted on January 3, 2014

A couple of guys in Wisconsin have combined a tradition dating back at least 1,500 years with the Internet age.

Bob Baddeley and Brad Zdroik have invented and are marketing BlueTipz, a wireless transmitter that sends an alert to your smartphone when you have a fish on your ice fishing tip-up.

A tip-up is a piece of equipment that’s placed across an ice fishing hole. When a fish bites, a spring-loaded metal arm with a flag attached pops up, letting the person know they have a fish on the line.

BlueTipz is a Bluetooth-enabled transmitter that attaches to the metal arm on the tip-up device. When the arm tips up, the transmitter sends an alert to a smartphone.

“The problem is that ice fishers have to be constantly checking their tip-ups to see if their flag is up. And if they take too long, their fish can get away or they can get a fine,” BlueTipz says on its website.

“It makes it that much easier to monitor your tip-up,” Zdroik said.

Baddeley and Zdroik developed BlueTipz almost by accident.

“I was looking for an injection molding company for a different project,” Baddeley said. “I found this Chinese company and I wanted to vet them. So I asked them for a reference.”

The Chinese company gave him Zdroik’s name.

“So I called up Brad and was telling him about my project.”

Read more at: Phys.org

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