I can barely swim 2 pool lengths without inhaling a gallon of water, let alone keep count of how many laps I’ve completed. The Pool-mate watch automatically keeps track of how many laps you’ve completed as well as average stroke per lap, speed, calories, distance and efficiency.
Using an accelerometer, the watch doesn’t detect the actual turn to register a lap. Nope it detects the glide portion of your swim after each turn, you know when your arms aren’t flaying about. Clearly it won’t work for any kick only exercises, but the company claims its compatible with the ‘front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, and butterfly’. Battery life should be good up to 12 months and the Pool-mate watch from Swimovate will hit this July for $114.
Now, I’m just waiting for a waterproof iPhone case paired with the appropriate app to cannibalize this market.