With all the fuss about the Apple Watch, many may have forgotten that it is not the end-all and be-all of wearables. It’s only “water-resistant” — so if you’re a swimmer or big on water sports in general, using one to monitor your workouts is giant, expensive “no.” (Also, don’t forget to take it off before you shower.)
No Wild Water Kingdom for you, iWatch. That’s the domain of Swimmo, the smartwatch designed for swimmers.
First, it’s 100 percent waterproof. As for usability, the Swimmo Trainer Company designed its flagship product to be “water-oriented,” addressing the problems that arise when trying to use traditional touchscreen smart devices when wet. Ever hidden under an awning to use your phone during the rain? Then you may have noticed touchscreens can lose precision when splattered with water. The Swimmo avoids this by using simple wrist-twist movement and screen taps, dubbed “Rotate and Tap,” to navigate the interface.
Swimmo comes with a 1.29-inch screen that displays calories, heart rate, activity duration, and distance, including laps and turns. If Swimmo makes its $100,000 stretch goal on Kickstarter, stroke count, length, and pacing will also be added within the device’s Pro Stats. All stats can be viewed in real-time, as well as uploaded to your phone when you’re done swimming. Obviously, this smartwatch was designed to be used independently of a smartphone; it’s doubtful the new Galaxy or iPhone will last long in the pool. Your phone doesn’t even need to be nearby, so you can keep it in your locker or leave it at home.