Visitors can control a mini-submarine for an up-close perspective

virtual-fieldA Boise, Idaho, company is taking armchair adventuring and learning to a new level by letting anyone on the internet take command of a remotely operated underwater vehicle.

The LiveDiver device from Reach-In is now installed at the Aquarium of Boise. By logging into the aquarium’s website, users can control a small mini-submarine in the shark and fish tank to get a diver’s perspective of the marine life.

Visitors can even snap pictures of the finned critters–if Letterman the puffer fish will let them. But more on him later.

Reach-In’s first public-access venture was iPet Companion, which let users play with cats in 13 animal shelters across the country, including the Idaho Humane Society, by controlling robotic toys over the internet.

(Next page: Take a virtual field trip–underwater)