Swimsense monitors your aquatic workout


August 30, 2010

The Swimsense performance monitor from FINIS

The Swimsense performance monitor from FINIS

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Joggers and cyclists have all kinds of technological wizardry at their fingertips – or wrists – to let them no how they’re performing. Now there’s an easy way for swimmers to keep track of their aquatic exertions in the form of the Swimsense from FINIS. This watch-sized device is worn on the wrist and uses motion sensing technology to automatically detect and record the number of laps swum, total distance, calories burned, lap time, pace, and stroke count.

The device also features automatic stroke recognition and FINIS says it is the first performance monitor in the world that can automatically differentiate between backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly – although I wonder what it would make of the frenzied thrashing about that passes for my butterfly. The device can be configured for unique pool sizes and calorie calculations can be personalized by specifying gender, weight and age.

After toweling yourself off you can either check out you swim data immediately on the Swimsense's display or upload it to your PC via USB where you can review up to 14 past workouts using a free online workout viewer to track your progress. FINIS will also offer a subscription Training Log for users to track goals, create workout plans and store an unlimited number of past workouts for performance analysis.

The Swimsense will be making a splash later this year and will cost US$200.

Via ubergizmo

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1 Comment

I would really like to like this product, but I can`t help but think it measures much of what you can yourself anyway - no. of laps and total distance. Pace is useful, but again you can work this out afterwards, and calories burned will be pretty inaccurate without Heart rate info. I have heard of a very intersting device coming out with completely new functionality built into a wireless and waterproof headset/mp3 player. The link is here: I believe there is the ability to race a virtual athlete built in.

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