Earlier this week FORM unveiled the world’s first see through augmented-reality display goggles. Due to launch next month, they are capable of delivering swim metrics in real time.
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Water resistance is slowly becoming a standard feature of fitness trackers and smartwatches. While many of these gadgets monitor swimming, they all have one thing in common – they are designed for your wrist. While this might be fine for running, golf or tennis, it is not the ideal location if you want to track your swim session in real-time.
Sports technology company FORM wants to solve this problem by giving swimmers a much less intrusive way of receiving instant feedback. So they came up with the idea of making swim goggles smart.
“I swam competitively for 14 years and really felt the pain of not being able to access my metrics in real time,” said FORM founder and CEO Dan Eisenhardt.
“The idea for FORM came about many years ago, but we are only now entering a time when technology lets us deliver this experience seamlessly in a premium pair of swim goggles. We’re proud that, through a team of top industry talent, we’ve been able to solve a fundamental problem in swimming.”
As shown in the video below, the FORM Swim Goggles look and feel like the traditional thing. Once you put them on, though, you can see an integrated Google-Glass type near-eye display. This unobtrusive, see-through experience is many times more convenient that attempting to read swim statistics from your wrist watch!
Built from high-grade material, the goggles track and display everything in real time. This includes split times, distance, stroke rate and stroke count. More detailed info can be found post-swim in the accompanying smartphone app. This also allows users to track progress over time and share workouts.
Dan Eisenhardt’s previous venture was Recon Instruments, makers of augmented-reality eyewear for cycling and other sports. The outfit was acquired by Intel in 2015 but ultimately scrapped due to the tech giant’s retreat from the wearables game. FORM employs many people that were part of the original company.
FORM says the goggles were developed over the past four years in collaboration with top competitive swimmers and coaches You’ll be able to pick them up for $199 on www.formswim.com starting August 7th.
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