September 3, 2019 – Sports technology company and makers of augmented reality swim goggles, FORM, together with Polar, a sports and fitness wearables company, have today announced that the FORM Swim Goggles will support Polar heart rate technology, helping to further improve the level of training effectiveness and precision available to swimmers.
The FORM Swim Goggles feature a see-through, augmented-reality display that delivers performance metrics in real time. The Polar OH1 and OH1+ are optical heart rate monitors. By using both, swimmers will have the ability to view their heart rate in their line of sight throughout their swim. Completed swims will sync to the FORM Swim App for iPhone and Android, which will match up heart rate data to metrics like split times, stroke rate, stroke count, pace per 100, and calories in a single view. Swimmers and coaches will be able to gain greater insight into each swim, as well as be able to design future swim workouts with greater precision, according to FORM.
“FORM has worked closely with Polar since 2018 to enable this functionality,” said Dan Eisenhardt, founder and CEO of FORM. “We’ve done extensive testing in the pool with swimmers of all levels, including elite competitive swimmers, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Polar heart rate monitor tech is trusted by athletes around the world; by adding it to the arsenal of metrics that our goggles already deliver, we’ll empower serious swimmers to make their training even smarter and more purposeful. We’ll also further empower coaches and enhance the coach-swimmer dynamic.”
The Polar OH1/OH1+ will attach to the FORM Swim Goggles strap, where it will sit snugly against the swimmer’s temple, monitoring heart rate using its 6 LED optical sensor and proprietary heart rate algorithm. Real-time heart rate data will then be transmitted wirelessly from the OH1/OH1+ to the FORM Swim Goggles.
“Polar works with companies who, like us, are leaders in their respective fields,” said Tom Fowler, President of Polar USA. “FORM has built a truly transformative product, and we’re proud to have worked with them over the past year to bring Polar heart rate to the FORM Swim Goggles. Polar continues to be the gold standard in heart rate technology, with constant advancements in our hardware and software products continually raising the industry benchmarks for accuracy and reliability. Today’s announcement takes our leadership to an exciting new frontier.”
The FORM Swim Goggles are available now from FORM. The Polar OH1 and OH1+ are available now from Polar and its authorized distributors and retailers. The two products will be compatible with one another starting in November this year through a free software update from FORM.
Image credit: FORM
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