> >> Has anyone tried Speedo's new "Stroke Monitor" watch? (It's maybe
> >>best described as a pedometer like device but for swimmers). Sounds like
> >>a great idea in concept, but then again, these high tech toys sometimes
> >>hit the market before all the bugs have been worked out. Information
> >>on pricing and availability would be welcome also. Thanks in advance...
> >>Best Regards, John
> >> ___|___ John C. Peterson, KD6EKQ
> >> o/ \o San Diego, CA
> > One of the developers posted here discussing this product. I was
> >disappointed to learn that it performs most of its magic by using a
> >baseline 'test' swim that's used for future calculations. That makes it an
> >aquatic pedometer. One of the things that e***d me when I first heard
> >about it was that it somehow kept track of both stroke counts and
> >intervals...now *that* would be something!
> >On another note, I recently received a membership solicitation from the
> >Swimming Hall of Fame, who was throwing a Speedo Stroke Monitor in for free
> >with a $125 membership. They are $90-$99 in catalogs (I've seen it in
> >Ed Powers
> >Greater Columbus Masters http://SportToday.org/
> I'm the developer Ed mentioned and would like to clarify a few points.
> Speedo sells TWO stroke monitors: A "Fitness" monitor designed for lap and
> fitness swimmers. And a "Competitive" monitor designed for competitive
> swimmers and triathletes.
> The comments Ed makes are correct - for the Speedo FITNESS monitor only. It
> requires a one-time calibration, where the swimmer enters their body weight
> and swims a specific distance (so the monitor can calculate average distance
> per stroke). Conceptually it resembles a pedometer it terms of calculating
> distance swam the number of calories burned. However, it also provids a
> real-time count of stroke cycles and provides the average cycle rate
> (cycles/minute) at the end of each swim.
> Speedo's COMPETITIVE model requires absolutely no calibration. This monitor
> may be of more interest to competitive swimmers and / or triathletes. It was
> designed to be more of data aquisition device, rather than a swimming
> pedometer. It provides the following data after every swim:
> -Elapsed time
> -Total number of stroke cycles (one cycle = two strokes)
> -Distance per stroke cycle (in either yards or meters)
> -Cycle rate (cycles per minute)
> -SEI (swim efficiency index, a relative index indicating overall speed AND
> -Speed (yards or meters per second)
> This model was designed to: assist swimmers in finding their optimum
> combination of stroke length & stroke rate; analyze the impact of fatigue;
> help swimmers develop muscle memory (a repeatable stroke under fatigue or
> pressure); and pin-point problems in technique and/or stroke efficiency.
> I hope this clarifies the difference between the two different stroke
> monitors Speedo is currently selling.
> Strokz Digital Sports, Inc., Dallas, TX
> v: 972-392-481 f: 972-392-2703
It seems to me that it would be possible to combine both these functions
in a single watch, by being able to switch the cpu from one mode to
another, in the same way that Iron Man and other watches can operate in
It would also be useful to have a memory capability to store several
calibrations, so that as one changes from swimming to pulling to working
with fins, and so on, the appropriate calibration could be selected, and
the watch used to monitor output.
Just a thought.
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