Speedo Aquacoach watch counts your laps for you : Wahba Crater, Saudi Arabia, Groups of people, rude people, bucket of sunshine.
Most people like to splash around in the water. It’s great fun. Swimming is both fun and provides good exercise. If you are a little more serious about swimming as a form of exercise then you probably do many lengths of your swimming pool. If you’re anything like me it doesn’t take long before tiredness kicks in and you loose count of the number of ‘laps’ and how long you’ve been swimming. Are you better than your average time, are you slow today or is this the day Phelps better start looking out !!
So if the likes of me can loose track of these things imagine what it is like for serious swimmers. Well now a piece of tech takes the pain out of that repetitive lap counting !! The Speedo Aquacoach will appeal to every pool swimmer for one reason in particular — it automatically counts laps. The Speedo Aquacoach watch uses technology developed by UK-based Swimovate to automatically detect the stroke and – along with counting laps – calculate distance, speed, number of strokes and calories burned.
The Aquacoach is water-resistant to 100 meters (328 ft), works in any pools over 15 m (49 ft) long and can remember up to 50 swim sessions so users can try to beat their previous performances and measure their progress.
An accelerometer combined with custom algorithms counts individual strokes, and keeps track of laps by detecting the pauses between strokes that occur as the swimmer is changing directions (and it works for both tumble turns and pushing off the wall).
The Aquacoach is the result of a four-year agreement with Swimovate, a company founded by triathletes in 2007 that invented the technology and has been selling its own swimmer’s watch known as PoolMate since 2009.
The Aquacoach is listed at EUR130 on Speedo’s European online store but is not yet available in the US.
The Swimovate PoolMate sells for GBP69.99 (US$115).
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