CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the only university in the nation located on its own island and at the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast, provided alumnus Kanz Kayfan with the perfect inspiration for his invention, Animated Lure. The mechanized, self-propelling fishing lure, which is electronically programmed to swim like a real fish, can swim up to three hours. The unit can be charged for 15 minutes through a USB wire.
“I was a student at A&M-Corpus Christi from 2012 through 2015, and while my major focus was my studies, I also took advantage of the nearby beach,” Kayfan said. “During the summer and after classes, I spent lots of time fishing in local waters, including those closest to campus.”
It was in 2013, during a fishing trip, that Kayfan came up with the idea of Animated Lure.
“The life like lure taps in to the natural biological inclination of both predator and prey,” said Kayfan. “Settling for the illusion of movement is unacceptable when it’s possible to develop the real thing.”
Kayfan received a Master of Science in Counseling from A&M-Corpus Christi in May 2015 and is currently employed as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Dallas.
“It might seem a bit strange for someone with counseling background to create a robotic fishing lure, but the counseling program at A&M-Corpus Christi taught me to have a world-embracing vision,” said Kayfan.
In November 2015, Kayfan launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $21,000 in 30 days to support Animated Lure. He exceeded that goal and raised $22,041 from 130 different backers, including one backer donating at the $10,000 level.
Currently, the prototype of Animated Lure is being perfected and has a pending patent. Kayfan and his two business partners are also in the process of creating different “skins” for the unit, which will be able to transform the lure into different types of bait.
Kayfan is exploring manufacturers in Texas and overseas. He says Animated Lure has even caught the attention of distributors from Europe and Australia. The product is scheduled for production in mid-January.
“I am still working towards owning my own private counseling practice,” said Kayfan. “But working on Animated Lure has been a quick and unexpected lesson on business ownership, time management, and staying focused and organized.”