Wearable Tech World Feature Article
October 10, 2014

Xmetrics Device Helps Swimmers Train More Productively

Xmetrics is currently developing a device that swimmers wear while training that tracks a variety of data. It not only provides data for analysis after the workout, but also gives feedback during a workout to keep swimmers at the right pace and performance level.

Based in Italy, Xmetrics is run by a team led by Andrea Rinaldo, a former professional swimmer and coach, who states in a Reddit post that he coached a swimmer on a relay team in the 2012 Olympics. Rinaldo felt the sport of swimming needed more tools for athletes and coaches to track performance and manage workouts, so he started working on a new device.

The Xmetrics device consists of a sensor attached to a strap on the back of the head, attached to earphones that give audio feedback to swimmers. It tracks information like lap time, body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, number of strokes and turn quality. With each turn, a swimmer hears these parameters and can adjust their pace accordingly. A tablet app allows coaches to keep track of statistics as well as plan workouts.

Xmetrics estimates the market size for this product is $21.6 billion based on a market size of 100 million swimmers spending a little over $200 per unit. The company’s plan is to market the product to pro shops at competitive swim facilities, retail outlets and through direct outlets like the company’s website, Amazon or eBay. The company’s long term vision is to track real-time performance data for other sports.

This is another example of wearable technology taking sports data to a higher level. For years, the only way to measure swim performance was by tracking time and distance. Waterproof watches improved this information somewhat with lap times and later on you could track heart rate with a monitor, but no one tracked all the different types of statistics that Xmetrics does.

Training sessions will be more productive with this device. Coaches will be able to manage and track multiple swimmers better. Swimmers will be able to hear feedback from their Xmetrics unit instead of trying to hear a coach yell in a pool area with horrible acoustics while their head goes in and out of the water. If widely adopted, it can only help the sport of swimming. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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