Today’s launch of the Swimmo smartwatch on Kickstarter marked another example of the foray of wearables into swimming. Swimmo is worn on the wrist and tracks important metrics about a user’s workout as they swim. Swimmo provides data on distance, pace, heart rate and calories burned, which the user can then upload through their smartphone.
Much thought was put into the development of a watch that caters to use in the water. Swimmo’s features are accessed by intuitive Rotate&Tap™ technology that utilizes two simple hand gestures: rotating the wrist (select menu options) and tapping the display (confirm). The smart watch uses energy saving Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with the Swimmo app for Android and iOS smartphones. The device’s interface is displayed on an OLED, full-color screen adapted to work under water.
“There are many apps and devices that support training for runners and cyclists, but very few are created specifically for swimmers” says Swimmo CEO, Mateusz Heleniak. ‘We decided to change that with Swimmo, a smartwatch that overcomes all the challenges of using a wearable device underwater. Swimmo focuses on developing the strength and power of muscles through customized training. We have outfitted the device with a number of proprietary technologies such as Rotate&Tap™ gesture control, a waterproof hear rate sensor, IntensityCoach™ and PaceKeeper™. All of these features help keep your swimming pace in line with your current training plan.”
Swimmo will compete directly with other dedicated swimming wearables such as the Garmin Swim, Swimovate Poolmate series and the Finis Swimsense, as well as more general purpose smartwatches such as the Pebble and multi-sport watches from Garmin and other large players. A myriad of wearable options for swimmers have come onto the market as of late, many supported by training platform software Swim.com, which was recently released for iOS and Android.
Swimmo is developed by a Polish team led by entrepreneur, swimming enthusiast and CEO Mateusz Heleniak. Other team members include Tomasz Wątorowski, Michal Bonikowski and Rafal Piłat who created DICE+, the winner of the prestigious IF GOLD Product Design Award in 2014.
Swimmo is currently being offered on Kickstarter at the discounted rate of $169 (estimated MSRP $230). Backers will begin receiving their smartwatches in October 2015.