Form Swim Goggles look almost exactly like regular swim goggles, but they’re smart due to the tiny built-in computer on the right side. Form Runners, cyclists, CrossFitters, weightlifters and other athletes have for years enjoyed the improved athletic performance that comes with activity analytics – Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin and other brands changed the game with their suites of fitness trackers and heart-rate monitors. And while many of those fitness trackers can record your swim sessions, it can be awkward to try to read the metrics displayed on your wrist in midstroke.Form has changed that with the first augmented-reality display swimming goggles. Developed in collaboration with professional swimmers (including former Olympians), these $200 goggles use a tiny onboard computer to track swimming metrics, like stroke rate and pace per 50 meters, and display those metrics where swimmers can see them clearly — in the goggles themselves. What are Form Swim Goggles?Form’s goggles are the first swim goggles with a head-up display that show swimmers real-time metrics right in their field of vision during laps. On land, athletes can access performance metrics in real time through devices like fitness watches and bike computers. But in the pool, many swimmers have used existing wearables intended for other sports, such as running or snowboarding. While the Apple Watch (Series 2 and up) can track swim metrics, swimmers still can’t really view them in real time — only during rest periods or after the workout. Plus, wearing devices on the wrist, chest, or elsewhere can impair technique. The Form Goggles solve two problems in one: They eliminate the need for unnecessary devices (swimmers wear goggles regardless) and they put the metrics right in front of the swimmer’s eyes.With Form, swimmers can monitor their performance on the goggles’ outdoor-readable display that captures a whole suite of swimming metrics, including:Interval timeRest timeStroke rate and countDistance per strokePace per 100 or 50 metersLength countCalories burnedVia the Bluetooth-connected Form app, you can customize the display to show any two metrics at a given time. You can also choose to see different information during swim intervals, rest periods and turns. Swimmers have the option to disable the swim screen if they only want to see metrics when they turn and rest, as well as choose which eye they want the display on. The app connects to a few other fitness apps, including Strava, Garmin Connect and TrainingPeaks.How do Form Goggles work? The tech comprises two important elements:Augmented-reality display: Integrated into the goggles’ lens, the display provides a discreet, see-through experience. Miniature onboard computer: The tiny computer sits on the right side of the goggles and uses artificial intelligence to capture 12 swimming metrics. On the Bluetooth-connected app, you can see all sorts of swimming metrics, including stroke rate, pace per 100 meters and much more. Form Swimming with Form goggles seems easy: First, install the app, pair your goggles, and adjust them as you would normally. When you’re ready to swim, press and hold the front button (there are only two buttons) to power them on. Then, press the back button to navigate menus and the front button to confirm selections. Select “swim,” enter the length of your pool, and select your swim mode — lap swim or interval swim. Lap swim measures swimming lengths while intervals measures swimming sets. Form recommends lap swim for beginners and intervals for structured workouts or team practice. The experience is designed to be completely automatic — the goggles detect turns, rest and sets on their own. If you need to pause your workout, press either of the two buttons. If you don’t pause, movements like getting out of the pool or adjusting your goggles may result in inaccurate measurements. From the pause menu, you can also access “drills” mode, which is best used for swimming drills like streamlining or one-arm freestyle. After your workout, press either button to pause, and select “Save & Quit.” All your metrics are saved to the app. The googles are made with FDA-certified silicone eye seals and the same chemical-resistant antifog technology used in diving masks. They are adjustable to fit any swimmer, with five nose-bridge sizes (extra-small to extra-large) and are made with an adjustable silicone strap.Form Goggles are waterproof up to 32 feet (10 meters), so they’ll do just fine in any pool you’ll encounter. The battery lasts up to 16 hours, and the goggles come with a magnetic USB charger cable. Waterproof up to 32 feet, the Form Swim Goggles come with five nose bridge sizes, a magnetic USB charger and a ventilated carrying case. Form Who should get Form Swim Goggles? These high-tech goggles were developed with competitive athletes in mind — swimmers who spend four hours per day, six days a week in the pool. However, most swimmers can benefit from these, especially for those who love metrics about their workouts. The $199 price point competes with many of the top fitness trackers on the market — Apple Watch Series 4 costs $399, while the most expensive Fitbit on the market (the Ionic) is $250. If you’re serious about improving your swimming performance, I think the goggles are more than worth it. If you don’t really care about swimming metrics and swim laps as a more casual form of exercise, you can pass. As a former competitive swimmer and now a competitive runner who uses metrics religiously, I know the Form Goggles would have made a difference in my swim years. I personally think triathletes could benefit greatly from these goggles, as real-time swimming metrics are the only piece missing from their three-part puzzle. Where can I get them and how much do they cost?You can find the Form Swim Goggles at the Form website for $199, with free shipping and a 45-day fit guarantee. Returns are also free across the US and Canada if you decide the goggles aren’t for you. The Form Swim App is available as a free download for iOS and Android. 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Mike George, VP Alexa, Echo and Appstore for Amazon, speaks during the LG press conference at CES in Las Vegas, U.S., January 4, 2017.REUTERS/Rick WilkingA day ahead of Superbowl LII, Amazon has launched a new ad for its voice assistant Alexa. It shows Alexa losing her voice and the company trying to find a replacement.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is then seen asking his employees whether the new team will be able to do its work and the employees assure him that there will be no problem with a confused expression.In the 90-second video, the first user asks Alexa, “How far is Mars?”. And singer Cardi B responds, “How far is Mars? Well, how am I supposed to know? I have never been there!”Later, British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay uses abusive language to explain a complicated recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich. And when Alexa is asked to play country music, Cardi B sings her hit track “Bodak Yellow”. LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 05: An Amazon Echo device is displayed at the Ford booth at CES 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ford is incorporating the voice operating device into its vehicles. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 8 and features 3,800 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 165,000 attendees.Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesAnthony Hopkins also speaks with dramatic pauses and terrifies the Alexa owner. On a request to “set the mood”, Australian actress Rebel Wilson responds by talking dirty to guests at a dinner party.At the ending of the video, Alexa gets her voice back and thanks all the celebrity by saying “thanks guys, but I will take it from here”Amazon will broadcast three 15-second videos in the first three-quarters of the Super Bowl. In the videos, people will see the celebrities receiving their headsets to work as replacements to Alexa’s voice. Then in the fourth quarter, the full 90-second video will be aired.The video was aired by Amazon on January 31 but has now been deleted from its YouTube channel for reasons best known to them. Those interested can watch the video on GSM Arena.
Popular on Variety The contracts include a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in both staff and coverage, including codifying anti-harassment, and anti-bias policies and training.The WGA East has been active in organizing digital news sites for the past three years and now reps about 1,000 members in that area, including Vice, HuffPost, the Intercept, Gizmodo Media Group (Splinter, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, the Root, Lifehacker, Kotaku, io9, Jalopnik, Earther), ThinkProgress, MTV News, Thrillist, and Salon. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Staffers at Vice Media have ratified four master contracts with management covering 200 staffers represented by the Writers Guild of America.The deals cover staffs at Vice Editorial, Vice News, Viceland, and Vice Digital, representing the company’s reach across multiple platforms including nightly television news, weekly documentaries, nonfiction TV series and real-time digital news, both written, and video. The Vice Editorial agreement renews the contract first ratified in 2016 while the other three are first-time agreements for the employees.“Collective bargaining ensures that WGAE-represented employees have the opportunity to discuss what’s most important in their work lives, what needs to be changed and what needs to be strengthened,“ said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East. “We are very pleased by the concrete gains negotiated for people who craft content on the entire range of platforms, and we look forward to a productive relationship with Vice management for years to come.”
Emmanuel MacronThe French government is ready to approve Orange’s planned acquisition of Bouygues Telecom under a deal that would see parent company Bouygues take a 12% stake in the operator, according to business news service BFM TV.According to the news channel, economy minister Emmanuel Macron met Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and Bouygues boss Martin Bouygues yesterday to discuss different aspects of the impact of the acquisition, including the state’s 23% stake in Orange. The government’s desire to maintain its stake has been seen as a potential pitfall for any deal.According to BFM TV, citing unnamed sources, the government has adjusted its position to allow Bouygues take a 12% stake, having previously held our for a maximum of 9% together with a clause in the agreement preventing Bouygues from increasing its stake further.Bouygues is believed to have set his sites on upping his stake in Orange to 15% and is likely to continue to press for the right to achieve this through the acquisition of shares on the open market. The state, for its part, is unwilling to see its stake fall below the 20% threshold that gives it a blocking vote.Orange and Bouygues have set a deadline of the end of March to conclude the complex negotiations, which must involve a deal to sell part of Bouygues Telecom’s base and assets to rival players SFR and Free to secure regulatory approval.