The Ovao goggle attachment lets swimmers see their heart rate instantly in a small heads-up-display

From smartwatches, to mobile applications to AI-powered gadgets, the running and cycling worlds are filled with cool tech that can help you track and improve your stats, but up until now amateur swimmers had been left out to dry. The inability to look at their wrist mid-stroke made it impossible to adapt many of the existing devices to their needs, but now they have a smart training assistant of their own: the Ovao smart goggle attachment.

This wearable fitness tracker can be attached to the strap of almost any pair of goggles. It flashes color-coded feedback in real time, with each of the five LED lights corresponding to a heart rate zone, so you know exactly how much effort you are putting in. Before the workout, users choose the desired training goal—performance improvement, endurance or weight loss—in the corresponding app and the device is preprogrammed to give them visual clues in which zone they have to be in to reach their goals. You can also set an individual training program or insert the one given by your coach.

For example, blue indicates a heart-rate zone of 60 – 70 percent of your MHR (Maximum Heart Rate), or fitness swimming which is the most effective for fat loss. Orange, in turn, indicates effort of 80 – 90 percent of MHR, corresponding to anaerobic swimming—ideal for improving your cardiovascular system.

Swim Goggles

When the swimmer is going too slowly, the LED light will start blinking, encouraging them to increase their speed to reach a higher zone. In addition, beeping sound will help set the right tempo for their strokes.

After the training is complete, swimmers can analyze their progress by syncing the device to their app and checking the most important parameters like stroke rate, speed, pace, distance, calories burnt as well as lap time and count.

The Lithuanian company is expected to release the device on Kickstarter in May.

Ovao

From smartwatches, to mobile applications to AI-powered gadgets, the running and cycling worlds are filled with cool tech that can help you track and improve your stats, but up until now amateur swimmers had been left out to dry. The inability to look at their wrist mid-stroke made it impossible to adapt many of the existing devices to their needs, but now they have a smart training assistant of their own: the Ovao smart goggle attachment.

This wearable fitness tracker can be attached to the strap of almost any pair of goggles. It flashes color-coded feedback in real time, with each of the five LED lights corresponding to a heart rate zone, so you know exactly how much effort you are putting in. Before the workout, users choose the desired training goal—performance improvement, endurance or weight loss—in the corresponding app and the device is preprogrammed to give them visual clues in which zone they have to be in to reach their goals. You can also set an individual training program or insert the one given by your coach.