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Form goggles’ heads up display adds real-time stats in open water

A new update to Form's goggles coming this summer will provide metrics during open-water swims.

Now you can keep track of your pace, distance, time and more during open water swims through a heads up display in your goggles.

Today Form announced an upcoming release that will add open water features to the Form Smart Swim Goggles. This means athletes will be able to get GPS performance metrics and heart rate data in real time during open-water swims.

“Open water capabilities is something that we’ve seen enormous demand for ever since we launched the Form goggles last year,” said Form founder and CEO Dan Eisenhardt. “Giving swimmers the ability to access performance metrics in both the pool and open water really completes the experience that we’re providing with the goggles. And as we look forward to the loosening of restrictions surrounding COVID-19, the timing for open water capabilities seemed right. For many of us, swimming outdoors is a highlight of the summer. We hope this will enable our customers to make the very most out of their swim, and their time in nature.”

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The Form goggles use a see-through, augmented-reality display to view metrics like interval splits, distance, stroke rate, pace per 100 and calories in real time while you’re swimming. With the new release those metrics will be available in open water through GPS.

“Whether you’re training or racing in open water, there’s always been a fundamental lack of real-time information in the moment that you’re looking for the data most,” said Form-sponsored athlete Lionel Sanders. “The launch of open water features on the Form goggles will give swimmers the ability to understand their pacing in real time, utilize heart rate data to gauge effort and track efficiency, and see their distance tick up while swimming in  the ocean or lakes. This is truly a game-changer for casual and competitive swimmers alike.”

There will be a limited number of watches that will work with the Form goggles – compatible devices include: Garmin Forerunner 945, Garmin fēnix 5 Plus and fēnix 6 Pro, and Apple Watch Series 5, 4 and 3.