If you’re a bit of a water baby then you’ve probably been feeling left behind by the smartwatch revolution. Until now.
Paddlers and splashers need fear no more: gone are the days of the “splashproof” activity tracker, in the form of Misfit’s new Shine, a tie-in with swimming kit aficionados Speedo.
Properly waterproof to 50m and just as sleek and lightweight as the original Shine, the new crawl-tracker has been developed in partnership with Speedo’s in-pool advanced development facility, the Aqualab.
It might sound like the birthplace of the next Marvel cash-in, but laugh at Aqualab at your peril: the Australian company’s industry-leading development department was responsible for the Fastskin swimwear that saw Michael Phelps splash to glory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
And with proprietary lap-counting algorithms, swim distance, calories burned and all-stroke compatibility, as well as syncing with the Misfit App for iOS and Android, the Speedo Shine doesn’t seem to be doing doggy paddle.
Interaction between the new Shine and Speedo’s personalised swim tracking app, Speedo Fit, is also in the works, suggesting this is more than just a branding exercise.
Previously, breast-strokers and front-crawlers looking to join the smart wristwear revolution have been limited to specific tech at the higher end, such as TomTom’s Multisport.
With most activity trackers (such as the Jawbone UP3) being just splash- or shower-proof at best, and truly smart wrist-wrappers (think Apple Watch or Moto 360) being only marginally less immune to water than the Wicked Witch of the West, the idea of a casual, affordable tracker you can take a dip with is really quite appealing.