POLETAP SMARTROD

WORLD'S FIRST COMPUTERIZED FISHING POLES by TACKOBOX: Patent US 7,934,338
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Ed Hope
Technology
Wichita, Kansas
United States
1 Team Member

SmartRod 2

Angling International "Tackobox Poletap Smartrod designer is deadly serious"

CNET "Computerized fishing rod won't put worms on hooks"

OUTDOORHUB "Kansas Inventor Introduces Computerized Fishing Rod, the SmartRod"

HIGHT3CH "World's First Computerized Fishing Rod"

The INQUISTR "Introducing The Computerized Rod SMARTROD"

Gizmag "A computerized fishing rod-sure, why not?"

Ubergizmo "Smartrod Could Be Future of Fishing"

Canadian Council of the blind

Disabled World.com

TACKOBOX POLETAP SMARTROD is the Worlds First And Only Computerized Fishing Pole! It will let you know if you get a bite by way of a light and sound alert or light only alert. It's so smart it will automatically turn off the alert as you reel in the fish so as not to interfere with your fishing experience. The SMARTROD also has a digital readout for High Med or Low sensitivity settings. The H M L display will flash green every 12 seconds to let you know what sensitivity setting you are in as well as letting you know the rod is on and searching for activity from your fish. When in the designing stages of our rod simplicity of use was a priority. All operations of functions are from a one-button concept. To turn it on simply push the button and pick which sensitivity setting you desire. As an example of our technology when in High sensitivity setting you can just lightly touch the tip and it will go off yet still be able to hold the rod and walk around without setting off the alert. You can use Medium and Low settings for wind, waves, trolling, heavy rain or fishing in current. If you are fishing in rain  it's no problem, POLETAP SMARTROD is water resistant. This is the world’s first and only programmable fishing rod using Computer Controlled Accelerometer Technology protected by way of our full utility patent, design patent as well as software copyrights and trademarks. These rods would be a great gift for any angler in your family or fisherman using multiple rods. It is the ideal choice for catfish, striper and other freshwater and saltwater game fish. This technology is also perfectly in line with european carp fishermen being that the alarm is built into the rod with no need to purchse any extra accessories or attachments. It also works well for fishermen with disabilities. We want people who are visual or hearing impaired to know fishing is a sport that is available to them. Enjoying fresh air and the great outdoors is a treasured American pastime. Outdoor activities can help improve mental, spiritual and physical wellness. It is an important part of maintaining our quality of life

 

We Need Your Help!

We are making this product available on Indiegogo and we need your help. You can help bring POLETAP SMARTROD products and technologies to the world by being one of the first to own one!  While we are close to starting production your contribution would help fund: 

-Large Component Orders 

-Future Implementation to Retail

-Development of Multiple Rod Types

 • QUICK REFERENCE • 

SPINNING ROD uses a SPINNING REEL with no cast button.

SPINCAST ROD with TRIGGER uses a SPINCAST REEL with a button to cast.

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Design 

We took a simplistic approach to every aspect of this project. We wanted the product to have a sleek blended look to closely match the visual of a typical rod yet still give the feeling that there is something else there. From the programming of software to the one button design we were always focused on high technology through ease of use. Even the button is designed so it cannot be activated in error while fighting your fish. Our design is actually quite complicated if you consider the amount of space available for components and assembly along with the need for it to be water resistant. I feel we have succeeded in creating a product that has technology yet it is simple to use and easy to understand. 

Sounds 

The sounds the SMARTROD makes are also very important to us. We tested many different speakers, volumes and tones. We wanted to be sure our product produced quality sounds in the way of professional devices like sonar or even medical equipment. We did not want it to sound like a typical buzzer or video game. Each function needed to have its own unique sound.  The output alarm volume had to be audible at a great distance and still have the ability to alert with light only. Our technology is intelligent and the sounds it makes should be as such.

 

MULTIPLE ROD FUNCTIONS 

- ADJUSTABLE SENSITIVITY HIGH -MED - LOW 

- PRESET ANGLE SETTING FOR SLOW PULLING FISH TILT- MODE 

-  LIGHTS AND SOUND ALERT 

-  LIGHTS ALERT ONLY 

- AUTO TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN WHEN REELING IN FISH 

- AUTO RESET AFTER RECASTING 

- AUTO COMPLETE SHUTDOWN IF NO ACTIVITY IN ONE HOUR 

- MEMORY SAVES LAST SETTING WHEN TURNED OFF 

- DISPLAY LIGHT FLASHES EVERY 12 SECONDS AND  LETS USER KNOW THE UNIT IS ON AND SEARCHING 

- POWERDOWN SOUND/LIGHT SEQUENCE- NO ACTIVITY AFTER ONE HOUR  

- DEDICATED SOUNDS FOR EACH FUNCTIONAL ADJUSTMENT

FEATURES

 - WATER RESISTANT

 - 2 LONG LIFE CR2032 BATTERIES

- HIGH OUTPUT PIEZO SPEAKER

- 4 RED HIGH OUTPUT LED ALERTS

- 3 GREEN SURFACE MOUNT LED DISPLAY LIGHTS

- MICROCHIP PROCESSOR

-  ACCELEROMETER

FAQ 

Q. How long will it take for you to complete tooling?

A. Tooling is already completed and manufacturing is ready to go. The products we show in the video are turnkey retail ready rods and reels.

 

Q. Have you tested your technology for proof of design?

A. Our product and technology has been tested through many years of product development. We also have various stages of quality control in place.

 

Q. Why would I purchase this product when I'm the type of fisherman that likes to hold my rod so I can feel the fish bite?

A.The SMARTROD is perfect for those who fish with multiple poles.It's also a tool for those of us that have watched many a bell take a trip to Davy Jones Locker from the tip of our pole. 

 

Q. What is a utility patent and why is it so valuable?

A. Utility patents are the king of patents. In all the world, this kind of patent is the most valuable, especially if it is issued by the United States Patent Office. It is also the most difficult to obtain. http://www.new-inventions-success.com/Utility-Patent.html

 

Q. What assurances do you have that you will make your deadline?

A. We already have logistics as well as our partner company in place for shipping. We have worked with the same company since 2004 and have full confidence in our ability to get product to you in a timely manner.

 

Q. What type of batteries does the rod take?

A. The rod takes 2- included CR2032 lithium cell batteries available at most retail outlets.

 

Q. How long do the batteries last?

A. Roughly one to two fishing seasons depending on use.

 

Q. Is it water resistant?

A. Yes it was designed to be water resistant and can be fully used in rain.

 

Q. What information can you provide on the quality of the rod.

A. The quality of our TACKOBOX rods is equal to better than most major branded like rods in retail. The rod options are Spinning Rod, 7' 2-piece medium action with stainless steel guides and aluminum oxide inserts or Spincast Rod, 6'6”, 2-piece medium action with stainless steel guides and aluminum oxide inserts.

 

Q. What information can you provide on the quality of the reel?

A. The quality of our TACKOBOX reel is equal to better than most major branded like reels in retail. The spinning reel is a ball bearing design with Left / Right convertible retrieve. 4.9:1 Ratio, spooled with red 15 lb test line.

 

Q. Is this product technology available anywhere else in the world?

A. No, We are the inventors and have the exclusive rights to manufacture this product by way of patents, trademarks and software copyrights. Our full utility patent number granted is US 7,934,338

 

Q. I have seen the POLETAP brand used by a major fishing company, is this you?

A. Yes, we licensed another product to a major manufacture but the technology has nothing in common with these new rods that incorporate computer controlled accelerometer technology.

 

Q.Is it easy to use?

A. Yes it was designed for ease of use. Once you turn it on it does all the thinking so you can concentrate on catching fish.

 

Q. Why should I trust the TACKOBOX brand?

A. We have made a quality product (The Original POLTAP), for fishermen since 2004. We are a very small company and have used all our resources to develop, pursue and patent this new technology to be available at indiegogo.

 

Q. Can you turn off the sound and use only the light alert?

A. Yes, you just hold the button down until it goes silent and release the button. Then choose your Hi-Med or Low sensitivity setting.

 

Q. Can I use my existing reel with these rods?

A. Yes our rods are designed to work with any standard reels. The technology is completely in the rod and will work with any line or reel.

 

Q. Can I purchase multiple rods internationally?

A. Yes you can purchase 2 rods  together which will increase the shipping to $65.00 internationally. There is no purchase limit to free shipping in the United States. All rods are shipped  UPS Ground Traceable and Insured.

 

Q. Are the pictures of the rods actual photo's or digital images?

A. The pictures are actual photo's of the product.

 

Q.Can I use the SMARTROD without the bite detector?

A. Of course you can use the SMARTROD without turning it on. Even if you don't use the technology it's still a world class rod. 

 

Q. Is this rod for everybody?

A. This rod is great for the young and old. One of the great benefits of the sound and light alert is that it will assist people with visual and hearing impairments have a much more enjoyable fishing experience.

 

Q. I'm  a blogger or journalist, and I would like to contact TACKOBOX for more information?

A.You can contact us at ed.tackobox@yahoo.com. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

 
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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL TACKOBOX POLETAP SMARTROD • 6'6" WHITE SPINCAST ROD • REWARD #4 • 2- Piece medium action, stainless steel guides and aluminum oxide inserts • 2 CR2032 Lithium Batteries included. Free shipping to USA Add $55 to ship outside the US

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    TACKOBOX POLETAP SMARTROD • BLACK SPINNING COMBO • REWARD #5 • SPINNING REEL ball bearing design – left / right convertible retrieve • Spooled with Red 15 lb test line • 7’ SPINNING ROD 2-Piece medium action stainless steel guides and aluminum oxide inserts.• 2 CR2032 Lithium batteries included Free shipping to USA Add $55 to ship outside the US

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    TACKOBOX POLETAP SMARTROD • WHITE SPINNING COMBO • REWARD #6 • SPINNING REEL ball bearing design • Left / Right convertible retrieve • Spooled with Red 15 lb test line • 7’ SPINNING ROD 2- Piece medium action stainless steel guides and aluminum oxide inserts. 2 CR2032 Lithium batteries included. Free shipping to USA Add $55 to ship outside the US

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