Less than a month after the launch of Augmented Reality Swim Goggles, Wearables Startup Form is preparing to add an important innovation to water sports.
On Tuesday, the company announced it intends to bring support for heart rate monitors from The AR is polar and can be worn so that swimmers can see their heart rate and performance data within their line of sight. The new feature will be available in November through a free software update.
"Form has been working closely with Polar since 2018 to enable this functionality," said Dan Eisenhardt, Founder and CEO of Form.
"We did it." Extensive in-pool testing with swimmers of all levels, including elite competition swimmers, and the results have convinced us: Polar heart rate monitor technology is trusted by athletes around the world, complementing the arsenal of metrics. If our glasses are already working, we will enable serious swimmers to make their training more intelligent and targeted. In addition, we will continue to strengthen coaches and improve the dynamics of the coach swimmers.
To enable this feature, the user must have a Polar OH1 or OH1 + heart rate monitor (the latter is included with the Polar OHM) Both are sold separately from the Swim Goggle.
The add-on attaches to the strap of the glasses and rests on the user's temple, allowing the Polar Sensor to wirelessly send heart rate data to the Swim Goggle on-board computer
Heart rate data, swimming speed, heart rate, lap speed, and other swimming data are captured by goggles then synced with the Companion app for iPhone and Android.
"Polar works m It's companies that, like us, are leaders in their respective fields, "said Tom Fowler, President of Polar USA. "Form has come up with a truly transformative product, and we're proud to have worked with them over the past year to bring Polar heart rate into shape swimming goggles." Polar continues to be the gold standard in heart rate technology Constant Advancements in Our hardware and software products continue to set new standards in accuracy and reliability, and today's announcement takes our leadership to an exciting new level. "
While the early round of consumer smart glasses, or even the more robust sports and fitness market, offers more bells and whistles, Form's unique value proposition that allows swimmers to see underwater performance data without them interrupt stroke – despite its limited functionality makes it a convincing purchase for a niche audience. The additional ability to track heart rate makes Form Swim Goggles an even more appealing purchase for underwater athletes.