Fishing with VR (Virtual Reality)
2015 May 16
Back in 2010 I wrote an article on using georeferenced photos to capture key structure and cover for when the dam level is very low. This is however rather restricting as you only have that one photo taken from that one specific spot at a time. While writing that article I remember thinking to myself – “Imagine being able to capture a georeferenced video, now that would be super cool.”
When Google Earth released ‘Street View’, I immediately thought of how it could apply to fishing and how wonderful that would be. Then again quite recently I saw an article where the Singapore Port Authority was using an unmanned craft to record the harbour area at low tide, very much like the Google Street View car, just on water. Unfortunately for the average man on the street this was just not possible due to a lack of resources.
Two weeks ago I mentioned to my sons who were playing a ‘first person shooting' game, “Wow, imagine if I could combine your game with Google Earth’s street view for a fishing App.” Two days ago, I saw GoPro announce their soon to be released GoPro VR system, my vision is now a reality. What exciting times we live in.
You probably thinking to yourself how this would be useful to fishing, so let me try explain.
When your local fishing dam is 100% full and you are casting to visual cover along the shoreline, you very often miss key structure and cover directly beneath or behind you just because you cannot see it with the naked eye.
The next time your local dam drops in water level due to a dry spell, you will whip your GoPro VR camera out, select a height to record from, and record the areas where key cover is now visible.
When your dam level rises again you will back away from the shore and using your smartphone, you will select the appropriate recording for that area, and fast forward to the position you are at currently and pause.
Then insert your phone into a viewer and wherever you look 360° around or below you, you will see exactly what was there in the exact position and heading at the time of recording.
To get a taste of how this works, you can go download an App currently available by www.360heros.com for either Apple or Android, then download one of their sample videos.