We’ve seen heads up displays (HUDs) for sports such as cycling and running, but the Zwim smart goggles are the first we’ve seen that are designed to provide near-eye analytics in the swimming pool.
Looking a bit like an aquatic version of Google Glass, the Zwim smart goggles’ display module is mounted on to a flexible arm and projects near-eye data about your swimming sessions. Built into the goggles is a 6-axis motion sensor and optical heart rate monitor, so they double up as a fitness tracking device.
Metrics such as number of laps, lap time, best lap, total distance, calories burned, real-time heart rate and heart zones are provided Zwim.
The connected swimming goggles weigh around twice as much as regular goggles, which on the grand scale isn’t much at just 62 grams. They are waterproof up to 30 meters (3 ATM) and have a battery life of 4 hours. Zwim’s companion smartphone app, where you can review your swims, will be available for iOS and Android.
The best near-eye display we have tried is on the Kopin Solos. It is crisp, easy to adjust and isn’t to intrusive on the eye, i.e. blocking out surrounding vision. Whether the display used on the Zwim Goggles stacks up to Kopin’s remains to be seen.
Zwim is currently live on Kickstarter with a super earlybird price of $279 (44% off retail). The estimated shipping date for Kickstarter backers is May 2018.