Goldfish Roadsters


Fish On Wheels was created by a Dutch design studio called Diip, so that the office goldfish wasn’t forced to look at the same boring view all day from its watery prison. By putting the fish tank on wheels, the fish has the run of the place, and best of all, it actually gets to control where it goes.

The tank sits on a four-wheeled cart which is powered by a small electric motor. A camera connected to an Arduino processor looks down through the water and senses the position of the fish against the white base of the tank. This then connects to a BeagleBoard computer which controls the drive motor and steering.

When the fish swims to the front of the tank the motor drives the rig forwards, and if it then retreats to the back of the tank the motor reverses and the cart moves backwards.

Next experiment: Sharks!


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About Heretic

I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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