We were impressed by the Fish on Wheels fish-controlled electric car a few months ago for its ability to blend technology and clever design. Now, Studio Diip, the Dutch company behind the cart, hopes to offer it to consumers through a Kickstarter campaign and bring the fish onto land.

The company specializes in making products using image recognition technology, which is often pretty boring, but they hit on a very quirky idea with the Fish on Wheels. The device uses a camera pointed at a fish in an aquarium, and the direction in which it swims is where the cart drives. It's hard not to at least grin when you see this contraption roll past.

Studio Diip launched its Kickstarter for the Fish On Wheels on April 29. The design is already significantly altered from the earlier prototype with more space for the fish, better battery life and stabilized movement. The company's goal is to raise 40,000 euros ($55,385), and if the fundraiser reaches 70,000 euros ($96,981), the final version includes color-changing LED headlights as the cart turns. At 150,000 euros ($207,810), it gets LED lighting for the water as well.

The Kickstarter is being split into three tiers of deliveries. The first 10 people to pledge 199 euros ($276) get an early bird deal and receive their orders in July 2014. They are also guinea pigs because the company plans to tweak the design depending on their feedback. The next group of 40 backers at 229 euros ($317) gets the updated model in August, but Studio Diip plans to keep refining the design. The final, unlimited batch of buyers at 249 euros ($345) receives the most optimized version but must wait until September. Scroll down to watch the Fish on Wheels in action and check out its Kickstarter, here.


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      thedriveatfive
      • 9 Months Ago
      Lets just hope no stairs or ramps wherever the fish may go.
      11fiveoh
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'd rather donate the $276 to the westboro baptist church .
      Jim R
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is officially the stupidest thing I've ever seen.
        leo
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        came here to say the exact same thing wtf autoblog... i don't care that this is 4 wheels driven, it should have never made it into your posts.. fire whoever approved it
      Timothy Neal Templet
      • 9 Months Ago
      Better than a Mini Cooper
      Space
      • 9 Months Ago
      Okay, never mind that I'm sure a fish can't even comprehend that it had this new ability to move around a room. What I want to know is can it even see well outside of the tank? I'd think this thing would just go around in circles. Heck it would make more sense if it wasn't controlled by the fish, if it was just a mobile fish tank that could roam around at parties and avoid people and obstacles. Like, hey guys there's my mobile fish tank.
      Devon
      • 9 Months Ago
      From a "hey look what I did as a science project" I think it's really cool. From a "people actually pay money for this"....god help us all.
      mikeybyte1
      • 9 Months Ago
      Quick, call SyFy! Seems like they could super size this for the next Sharknado movie !!!!
        Gorgenapper
        • 9 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        SharkQuarium! Sharks in motorized aquariums trundle around the city terrorizing the unsuspecting human populace by ineffectually snapping their jaws at them from behind clear acrylic walls.
      jimmyp
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why put water in it ? Just put your favorite gerbil , terantulla , or whatever creepy crawly ,or remote controlled car in it and let the fin begin !
      cbamft
      • 9 Months Ago
      I must have this.
      Oz
      • 9 Months Ago
      A fish and his money are soon parted.
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