When I first came across the Instabeat, the first thing I did was to ask my sister who swims competitively if something like this would help her during training: “OF COURSE!!”, she said. According to her, this would help any swimmer with their training when a coach is not around to help out. “Definitely as must try”.
So I gave it a deeper look; and guess what: The invention is Lebanese! Hind Hobeika explains her motives here:
I see that the design completely changed and became more like this:
A new waterproof USB design that will allow the device to upload stored data, and the team has optimized the device’s ability to read a swimmer’s pulse from the temporal artery, using a light sensor. “Between individuals, the artery’s location varies by less than 5mm, which is covered by the light sensor’s 30 degree angle of detection,” explains Hobeika, who holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the American University in Beirut. (Source: Wamda)
Over the past year and half, we have developed 7 different versions of the prototype, and after extensive testing, we are finally happy with the current design and have a prototype that is ready to be manufactured. (Source: Indiegogo)
This project needs full support!