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ReelSonar is a bluetooth (BLE) enabled sonar fishfinder for your smartphones and tablets
ReelSonar has embraced technology full force, opening up a new world of fishing fun and increasing your catch rates. Our new generation social-mobile sonar smart fishfinder system lets anyone use smartphone or tablet to get water conditions, map the waterbed, connect to the fishing community, tag fishing hotspots, and of course, see where the fish are!
The ReelSonar App
What can I do with ReelSonar when fishing?
- See location depth up to 150 feet and locate the fish
- Location GPS Tags: fish, structures, launch ramps, and anything else you desire
- Bite (Strike) Alarm: Get on-device alerts when a fish is near or on the end of the line.
- Map the waterbed: This is a unique feature of any fishfinder; ReelSonar allows the App to create the waterbed topography map. A great tool for kayak, and boat owners
- Check water temperature
- Check water salinity
- Light up the bobber when it is lost or dark
- Get weather forecast and solunar calendar
- Get suggestions on bait and lures based on stats and location
- Catch more fish
- Size: 50mm diameter
- Weight: 40gm/1.4oz
- Connection: Bluetooth Low Energy
- Bluetooth Range: up to 150 feet (50 meters)
- Depth Range: up to 150 feet (50 meters)
- Sensors: Water temperature and Salinity Meter
- Units: metric and imperial
- Battery: 3.7V Rechargeable
ReelSonar Smart Bobber – SRP $99.99 (includes basic version of the app)
Basic App - FREE. Sonar application works only with ReelSonar Bobber
Pro Version App – SRP $2.99. Features include: GPS Tag location, fish measurements weight/length calculator and much more
Where are we now?
ReelSonar smart bobber is now in prototype phase. For the past year, our team has spent countless hours sailing our tug boat,
bouncing ideas with professional and amateur anglers, researching on user experience, designing and testing ReelSonar technology many times. The hard part is done! The smart bobber receives and transmits radiowave signals and communicates with the smartphone.
We are ready now to move into the first production run, create the mold for the bobber case and go fishing!
We need more than just the financial support to get this done. We also need feedback, especially the App functionality. Still a feature you want to see added? Help us by get it right by giving us feedback. Upon completion of the campaign, it will take us 5 months to deliver product. Immediately after the campaign we will be finalizing the design. Then we'll be releasing for tooling, verification and pre-production builds. All of these are gated by our stringent requirements so that we can insure the end product is of the highest quality. There are risks and challenges, and we encourage you to read the section below on the subject.
We will begin production on the first round of units sometime in March. We have sourced the materials for the first 2,000 units to be ready for this first production. The final assembled units should be ready for shipment in July. We use a fulfillment center in Pasadena, CA which has the capacity to ship hundreds of boxes with a 48 hour turnaround. The working basic App will be available for download in early April.
$5 donations Get a fully developed Pro version of the App and thank you note
$30 donations will get you your own waterproof iPhone case.
$50 donations will land you an exclusive ReelSonar Nylon Waterproof jacket. Perfect for your next fishing trip. Your choice of size (S, M, L, XL).
$79 donations Backers will receive one of the first pilot run ReelSonar smart bobber and the fully functional Pro App. The quantity will be limited to 300 units, so act quick if you fashion yourself as an early bird. Expect to start fishing in June. Suggested retail of $102.
$99 donations Backers will receive ReelSonar smart bobber, the fully functional Pro App.
$1,000 donations Backers will receive ReelSonar smart bobber, the fully functional Pro App, the waterproof nylon jacket, the waterproof case and the smartphone (iPhone) for the perfect fishing experience.
Q) Does ReelSonar smart fishfinder system work with all phones and tablets?
A) No. ReelSonar works only with smartphones and tablets (Example Galaxy SIII, iPhone 4S) that support the new Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) standard, as part of Bluetooth® v4.0. This standard is entirely different from the Bluetooth® wireless technology used to connect headsets to your mobile phone, and the like, but uses the same chip in the phone. BLE is a communication standard designed for sending and receiving short and infrequent messages from nearby devices such as temperature sensors, proximity sensors and medical devices such as heart monitors, and now sonar signals.
iOS platform: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Android platform: Galaxy SIII, HTC One X, etc
Q) How does ReelSonar work?
A) You attach the ReelSonar smart bobber to the end of your fishing-line, cast it to the location where you plan to catch fish or explore the underwater topography. After landing on the water, ReelSonar smart bobber immediately turns on and sends information about that particular spot: depth, fish, water temperature and/or salinity.
Q) Can this be used in saltwater? And in freezing temperatures?
A) Yes, you can take ReelSonar smart bobber to ice fishing and warm waters of the Caribbean.
Q) When can I download an app from Apple App Store or Google Play?
A) At this moment the App is being finalized and tested. It will be available for download in April 2013.
Q) Will the App cost money?
A) The Basic version of the App will be free. The Pro version if the app is $2.99.
Q) Will you be selling any accessories soon?
A) Yes, we plan to introduce rod and kayak attachments and waterproof floatable pouch for smartphones.
Q) I am a blogger, a journalist. I need more information.
A) If you are going to write about our product and need more information or have questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We really appreciate your support!
Our team consists of members of the medical ultrasound industry in Seattle and we are now ready to bring our expertise and innovative ideas to marine ultrasound. This is our 3rd product in the area of ultrasound.
We have a great team of Hardware Engineers, RF Engineers, Embedded software engineers, mechanical engineers and App designers.
We love to fish. We love smartphones. We love smart applications. ReelSonar is the first fishfinder to connect on all three. Our low-cost, easy-to-use wireless fishfinder is much more advanced than the current available “portable” fishfinders and will serve to complement the stationary (boat mounted) fishfinders.
With your feedback and support, we can make the ReelSonar fishfinder system a reality. We are excited to share what we've developed to date, and to work together to launch this product. Thanks for your consideration.
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
Every new manufacturing process is prone to delays. Ours is no exception. We believe that our current system for producing the ReelSonar smart bobber and all its components is capable of producing well within our delivery dates. Still, we recognize that material sourcing, manufacturing processes, and FCC/international certifications could all have delays that would prevent us from getting ReelSonar smart bobber to you on time. Because we have our production and fulfillment systems already in place and our prototype is currently fully functional, we do not anticipate any issues in delivering the ReelSonar smart bobber on time.
We manufacture our circuitry, transducer, and rechargeable battery through a third party company in China. We run risks in shipping and communication with our manufacturers in China and holding them to our product schedule. To mitigate risks in working with foreign companies, we have continual communication and visits with our Chinese manufacturers.