Misfit and Speedo have joined hands to create a new version of the Shine button-sized fitness tracker, aimed at recording underwater activities.
The Shine tracker is waterproof to an approximate depth of 160 feet. This means professional swimmers don’t have to remove it while training.
The new variant is denominated Speedo Shine. Regardless of the stroke the swimmers are using, this tiny but cunning device’s goal is to record the user’s burned calories, swim distance and lap count.
The Speedo Shine has been developed from aircraft-grade aluminum and its similar to its initial version, as the user doesn’t need to take it off during sleep, or activities involving cycling, walking and running. This means that you don’t have to toggle between variants as you enter or get out of the water.
Moreover, the Speedo Shine synchronizes with Misfits’ application for Android and iOS. But Speedo doesn’t stay behind, as they will also release their own version of a tracking app called Speedo Fit.
This could only mean that the first version would be suited to amateur swimmers, who want to track down how many hours they’ve spent in the pool or how many calories they’ve burned, whereas this brand new variant will be more suitable for professional swimmers, who desire recording their performance in the pool and enhance their training experiences.
So it seems that the Speedo Shine is the world’s first activity, swim and sleep tracker, as the official poster would put it.
Misfit and Speedo explained that
“Speedo Shine tracks a swimmer’s lap count and swim distance with industry-leading accuracy and works for all stroke types.”
Speedo has tested the device in its Aqualabs from Nottingham, England, the place where they develop their swim-wear. They said that the device uses a 3-axis accelerometer which records data in three different directions, whereas algorithms turn this data in the information identified on the application.
The device will be available to swimming enthusiasts starting September 1st, on the Speedo and Misfit websites, and in Apple stores, and its price will be $80. Even though it’s $10 more than the original version, it’s worth the buy.
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