Wearables

Performance tracking starts when you put on your swimsuit

The Spite Health Tag fitted to a swimsuit ordered online, and connects to a tracking app over Bluetooth
The Spite Health Tag fitted to a swimsuit ordered online, and connects to a tracking app over Bluetooth
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The Spite Health Tag tracker is custom-bonded to the inside of a swimsuit
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The Spite Health Tag tracker is custom-bonded to the inside of a swimsuit
After one-time setup, the smart swimsuit's tracker auto syncs with a smartphone running a companion app over Bluetooth
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After one-time setup, the smart swimsuit's tracker auto syncs with a smartphone running a companion app over Bluetooth
You can just see the profile of the Spire tracker at the beltline of this swimsuit
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You can just see the profile of the Spire tracker at the beltline of this swimsuit
The Spite Health Tag fitted to a swimsuit ordered online, and connects to a tracking app over Bluetooth
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The Spite Health Tag fitted to a swimsuit ordered online, and connects to a tracking app over Bluetooth
The slimline hardware is designed so as not to interfere with swimming performance
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The slimline hardware is designed so as not to interfere with swimming performance

Numerous connected sports watches, headwear and goggles designed to provide performance stats are now available to serious swimmers and professional athletes. But there's always a danger of forgetting to take such so-called smart devices to the pool. One thing you'll always remember is your swimsuit, which has prompted Swim.com and Spire to join forces and create a smart swimsuit that keeps track of watery workouts.

The smart swimsuit is a marriage of Swim.com's app-based workout and swim training platform and Spire's Health Tag wearable. A number of swimsuit designs will be made available, which will come with a Spire tag custom-bonded to the inside, at the beltline.

After one-time setup, the smart swimsuit's tracker auto syncs with a smartphone running a companion app over Bluetooth
After one-time setup, the smart swimsuit's tracker auto syncs with a smartphone running a companion app over Bluetooth

The collaboration reckons that the tag's embedded battery will be good for the life of the swimsuit, so there's no need to plug the swimsuit into a wall charger. Once a user has paired the swimsuit so an iOS/Android app running on a smartphone – this only needs to be done once – automatic Bluetooth syncing means that swimmers just need to put on the swimsuit and the tracking kicks into gear.

"Swimmers can keep track of their progress, just by wearing their favorite swimsuit," said Swim.com's president Davis Wuolle.

The smart swimsuit is due to debut at CES 2018 next week in Las Vegas, before an expected launch in March via online retailer SmartOutlet. The US$30 cost of the Spire Health Tag integration will be added to the price of the chosen swimsuit upon checkout.

Sources: Swim.com, Spire

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