Swim coaches have a tough job, as they’ve to shout to ensure that swimmers to hear them – and even then, they nonetheless will not be heard. The Sonr system is designed to tackle that downside, utilizing one-way radio communications.
Invented by swimmer and entrepreneur Dmitri Voloshin, Sonr is manufactured by Moldovan company Simpals.
The system consists of two elements – a walkie-talkie held by the coach, and a water-resistant bone conduction speaker/receiver worn by the swimmer. The latter system is barely buoyant – so it should float if it comes off – and could be worn both below a swimming cap or clipped to the wearer’s goggles strap.
In order to present the swimmer with suggestions or directions, the coach merely speaks into the walkie talkie, with their voice being transmitted to the athlete’s receiver in actual time. The system has a lateral vary of 300 meters (984 ft), plus its sign can journey up to 1 m (3.3 ft) underwater.
Additionally, by choosing completely different frequencies, one coach can converse to as many as 30 swimmers without delay. That stated, they’ll nonetheless choose any a type of folks – or small sub-groups of them – and talk to them individually. The system will also be set to act as a metronome, offering audio alerts that assist swimmers time the tempo of their strokes.
Sonr is accessible now for preorder, with bundle costs beginning at US$149 for a package consisting of 1 transmitter and one receiver. It ought to ship as of July twenty first.