We live in a world of electronic marvels and Samsung have just brought us another one of these technological marvels.
They have teamed up with Cheil Spain to create the first ever swim cap that automatically alerts blind swimmers to turn around or arrive at the finish line via Bluetooth technology.
Paralympic swimming has been around since the 60’s and involves stewards hitting the swimmer’s back or head as they approach the end of their lane, which is not only rudimentary, but dependent on the official’s stretch and timing.
The Blind Cap aims to eliminate this old approach, developed in collaboration with the Spanish Paralympic Committee, it vibrates gently when the swimmer’s coach sends a signal through a smartwatch or mobile.
The cap also can also collect data during training such as lap times.
Cheil Spain’s creative director Breno Cotta said that the technology has been put to great use by Samsung.
“Blind Cap is an innovation that builds upon one of Samsung’s core values, which is ‘meaningful progress through technology”, he said.
“It’s much more than a wearable, it serves as a standard of innovation and we are convinced that it will soon be a reality in the Paralympic Games. It is a winning lap for Paralympic swimming.”
Cheil Worldwide’s global chief creative officer Malcolm Poynton said they were excited to be at the forefront of sports technology.
“We believe mobile is central to how brands connect with consumers today. As a network, we’re excited to continue leading the way, with Blind Cap being yet another example of how we’re innovating with Samsung’s mobile technologies to help improve everyday life.”
Unfortunately the device is currently only available for elite athletes, we hope this will change as there are many people this would greatly benefit in the wider public.
(Edited on 30/05/16 by the Sport4Development Ireland Operating Team)