Katie Williams, an industrial design student at Brunel University, London, has designed a pair of swimming goggles that displays lap count and time on the inside of the goggle lens, directly in the line of sight of a swimmer.
Called Inview, the design incorporates an electronic device, which houses a compass, at the back of the head strap. When a swimmer enters the pool, they press a button on the side of the goggles that activates the device and signals to the compass the direction the swimmer will be travelling.
Once the swimmer takes their first stroke, the goggles display the total time spent swimming, the number of laps completed and the time it took to swim the previous lap in a heads-up display inside the goggle lens.
Each time the swimmer makes a turn, the compass automatically detects that the co-ordinates have changed and registers the lap and time.
Katie’s past experience as a lifeguard exposed her to the difficulties that swimmers face when keeping count of laps and a focus on their time. Swimmers frequently alter their swimming style to look at a wristwatch or a clock on the wall to check their time, slowing them down and disrupting their rhythm.
Inview will eliminate the need for this and ensure that the swimmer can concentrate on developing their technique and stamina to maximum effect.