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Tracking your swim with the Apple Watch & water proof technologies

“The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village.”  –Marshall McLuhan

With that being said, the 21st Century has experienced drastic advances in the tech industry, all fuelled by innovation and creativity along with the element of taking risks. With the rise in various multinational giants, it fuelled competition and changing Industry Standards. The initial stages required all electronics to stay away from damp, moist or wet surroundings, but it wasn’t too long until that was changed as well. The Introduction of “Ingress Protection Rating” or IP CERTIFICATION required all modern devices to state the resistance of its build. The current standard is IP 67 Water and Dust Resistance. This ensures all devices with this certification permits the consumer, resistance against Dust or Water to an extent. With increase in devices holding an IP 67 rating or higher, new standards in technology are set up since innovation is able to success overcome physical setbacks.

Instant: Automatically keep track of the time spent on your phone, while travelling, at places, while sleeping & on fitness activities.

 

CONVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES TAKE

Fitness Tracking was initially done by manually tracking physical activities and habits then estimating the calories burnt. Since fitness tracking was measured with estimates and slight chance of human error, the result may not be as accurate. But with the introduction of Technological wearables, innovation has really pushed the boundaries on what technology can achieve. In-built pedometers and tracking systems have helped calculate steps walked, distance covered and calories burnt and all reports are displayed electronically at a click of a button. The data is graphically represented which is easy to comprehend.

Apple Watch 2 Surf Swim

 

But it doesn’t stop there, with developing algorithms and code, you can input all health related information and goals are set based on a standard in order to make the experience even better and also proves to the consumer that the product is well worth the money. To take it a step further, Heart Rate Monitors are also being added to modern-day fitness trackers to track information like, an individual’s BP, Stress Levels, Oxygen Levels and other monitors to track the environment as well. Fitness Tracking wasn’t only limited to wearables but was accessible to mobile devices as well which made it more reachable because having a smartphone today is an essential.

EXPANSION AND NOW A STANDARD

One thing leads to another and that’s how the concept Lifelogging tools for swimming became a reality. A goal achieved by innovation, competition and creativity. These elements fuelled modern day fitness tracking tools to perform the way they do. With the rise of IP 67 Certification, it permitted technology, water and dust resistance. Apart from IP Certification, most Lifelogging trackers for swimming generally come with ATM CERTIFICATION which indicates the level of water pressure a device can handle.

Most Swimming Based Tracking devices and wearables generally measure metrics and information such as:

Length Swum: measuring the number of lengths swum is a basic swimming metric and the primary and basic function required to categorised as a Lifelogging tool in swimming or a Swimming Fitness Tracker.

Pace: In order to increase swimming pace, trackers are required to recognise when you take turns.

Stroke Rate: Used to understand your swimming technique and rhythm and also to calculate stroke rate and provide advice to obtain optimal performance

In 2016, Apple’s second generation of the Apple Watch was designed with an IPX7 Rating with made it useable in water. Apple’s take on innovation on this device was with making the device water-resistant despite having a lot of ports and openings. The most interesting one was with how the speakers could be used to draw out any water within the ports by merely performing the way they should. This concept (now a reality) gives us an idea of how a simple problem can’t be tackled in the easiest way and also proves to be efficient and effective and the same time. Other notable mentions are the Fitbit Flex 2 and the Polar V800 which are designed specifically for casual swimmers or professional athletes that are concerned about their body activity during swimming.

It is great to see how technology is able achieve more and more and once a concept is now a reality with due time and innovation driving it. Lifelogging tools were brought to life and are now becoming essential to those who require it.

Instant: Automatically keep track of the time spent on your phone, while travelling, at places, while sleeping & on fitness activities.