Today, Form released updated augmented reality swim goggles that allow them to pair via Bluetooth with select GPS smart watches, allowing users to track their swim in real time, not only in swimming pools but also in the open water.
The $ 199-shaped goggles were released last year and offered a unique method of tracking swimming metrics using motion sensors and an AR display built into the goggles themselves. However, the system, while smart enough to work independently from a smartphone, was still limited to wheel tracking in pools where you already knew the size and distance of the car being driven, using onboard sensors and algorithms to find out when you turned at the end. circle or suspended.
The new update has changed the fact that by connecting the glasses to an Apple Watch or Garmin smartwatch with GPS, users will get the same real-time bathing metrics (e.g., distance, number of strokes, calories, and more) while bathing. open water. The glasses can also show additional information pulled from the paired watch, such as your current heart rate, something they couldn’t do before.
No AR maps will be displayed on the dot matrix screen, unfortunately, although, as in normal pool mode, the finished swim in the open water will sync from the goggles to the Form app when you return to your phone (with additional GPS and heart rate data), allowing serious swimmers analyze their swimming results and see the full map in which they swam.
The company recommends that users wear a smart watch on the same side of the body as the display part of the glasses to ensure the best Bluetooth connection between the devices. She also notes that in order to ensure optimal communication, swimmers are recommended to swim in a free style.
The new GPS and heart rate monitoring works with the Garmin Forerunner 945, Phoenix 6 Pro, Phoenix 5 Plus, along with the Apple Watch Series 3, 4, and Series 5. To use the new features, you need to upgrade the glasses to the newly released firmware. , and then installed an additional Garmin or Apple Watch app on your smartphone.