As household pets go, it’s probably fair to say that the lives of fish are among the least active, and the creatures can rarely be described as adventurous. Even their homes are a term synonymous with being couped up. But thanks to the wonderful folks at Studio diip, at least one goldfish has a new lease on life. The little aquatic vertebrate is free to drive his own motorized aquarium around, getting the stimulation and exercise missing from the lives of so many household fish. Hit the jump to watch the video!
Lest you think this is all some kind of prank, the fish is actually—well, sort of—driving the aquarium. Dutch digital imaging group Studio diip developed this “fish on wheels” by placing an aquarium atop an Arduino-controlled robot car, and then affixing a webcam to the top of it. The contrast between the fish and its environs is used to determine which direction the fish is swimming, and that information is sent to the Arduino to steer the car.
And as easily as that, the studio created what they have called the world’s “first self-driving car for fish,” in the hope that they will “encourage more development in enhanced pet mobility, so pet animals can travel the world more freely.” That, and it’s a fish driving a car.