These days, many of the biggest blockbusters out of Hollywood are superhero flicks based on Marvel or DC comic book characters, and few of those movies have gained more recent prominence than Aquaman. Indeed, there is no doubt human beings have always looked upon amphibious creatures with a twinge of envy.
Even gold medalist Olympians like Michael Phelps can neither breathe nor see clearly underwater without the aid of manmade inventions. Yet this fascination makes these products ever-appealing, be it scuba tanks, snorkels or goggles.
For competitive and recreational swimmers alike, there is no longer the need to bring wristwear in the pool to obtain immediate fitness results after a workout. In fact, one of the latest of these high-tech devices, Form’s Swim Goggles, offer a futuristic like display screen, according to a recent article from WIRED. Story author Meredith Fore reviewed the product, writing:
The goggles automatically detect the type of stroke, stroke rate, and split times (the times for each lap in a multi-lap interval), while the see-through augmented reality (AR) display in the lens shows you any combination of these metrics you want, in real time. There are several watches on the market that can also measure this kind of data automatically, but the novelty of not having to wait until the end of a lap or awkwardly glance at my wrist mid-stroke to get information is hard to overstate.
On top of that, the $199 price tag on the Form Swim Goggles is surprisingly competitive with wrist-based trackers.
To start a workout, you select Swim in the Goggles’ menu, enter the length of the pool you’re in, and push off! That’s about it. You’ll notice a delay as the accelerometer and gyroscope start recording and the computer starts analyzing. After a second, the timer retroactively compensates, showing the correct time you started in your field of vision. (You can display the data in either of your eyes.)
The company used machine learning to train the computer, looking at data recorded from a large sample of swimmers of all levels. The onboard processor recognizes the accelerometer signals as backstrokes or breaststrokes, and can tell if you’re turning around or taking a rest.
An authentic Aquaman Halloween costume may cost around the same as this innovative piece of technology, at just under $200. Regardless, either one should make for a great October birthday present this year.
To read Fore’s full writeup, click here.