Sing while you Swim; Finis’ SwiMP3

Ever wished if you could listen to your favorite songs during your swimming lessons or while you are bathing in your pool? Instead of the monotonous splashing noise of water, to listen to the soothing sound of music? Well, now you can listen to your tunes while swimming and that at a very high quality thanks to the new SwiMP3. Without a doubt, Finis’s SwiMP3 (128MB, $249.99) is the most unusual MP3 player we’ve ever seen. What struck me when I first learned about the SwiMP3 was that the unit used bone conduction audio technology to deliver music to the listener’s brain. Well-known by audiologists, bone conduction is a technique where sound is transmitted to the listener by resonating vibrations through the cheekbones. Vibrations passed this way directly trigger the movement of the fluid in our inner ear, transmitting sound and bypassing the air conduction mechanism of our middle ear.

130030Unlike other MP3 players, the bone conduction audio technology of SwiMP3 sends the vibrations that generate the sound through your cheekbones, thus giving it a perfect clarity. Thus SwiMP3 is revolutionary in that it relies on bone conduction of sound. When the device is placed on any bones of the skull (i.e. the cheek bones or the mastoid tip) it leads to vibration of the fluid in the inner ear. Thus swimmers can enjoy clarity of sound with the SwiMP3 device that was never before possible. Bone conduction is a safe, well-established hearing mechanism in humans that the SwiMP3 player leverages to enhance aquatic activity. FINIS’ application of the technology brings an entirely new level of experience to swimmers of all abilities.

SwiMP3 Product Features

Attaches easily to any swim goggle or snorkeling mask
Built in MP3 control panel
On/Off button
Next / Previous track
Volume control
Pause & Shuffle functions
8-hour rechargeable battery
Plays both MP3 & WMA files
Easily Drag & Drop playlists

    SwiMP3 System Requirements:

    Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP, Mac OS 9, OS X
    Intel Pentium II 233MHz or equivalent
    128 Mb RAM, 35Mb available hard drive space
    USB port, CD-ROM drive
    Internet connection recommended

      MSRP: $249.99

      It has been proven that while listening to songs, swimmers have enhanced their abilities giving them a whole new swimming experience.  The SwiMP3 is compatible with Mac and PC and supports both MP3 and WMA. It is equipped with a rechargeable battery. Your swimming agility will not be harmed in any way, as the device weighs only 2 ounces.

      On the flip side, this product does have some challenges to face. Turbulence is generated as you swim through the water and the end result is sound. With each stroke arms and legs are thrashing about, breaking above and below the water line and introducing a cacophony of splashes and churning bubbles. Furthermore, the exhaling and inhaling of air throughout the course of the workout is more pronounced than a runner’s because gulps can only be taken at specific intervals when the swimmer turns their head sufficiently out of the water. This moving the head in and out of the waterline in itself presents challenges as sound waves travel at different intensities under different mediums. Swimming makes a lot of noise and it is not necessarily something that an in-pool music device can completely overcome. Moreover, SwiMP3 can potentially result in nausea in some swimmers inner ear imbalance.

      SwiMP3 is not something designed to isolate you from the world around you, it is just a device that should play music well enough that it entertains and distracts you lap after lap after lap. It makes no sense for expectations to be unrealistic (like comparing S/N ratios with that of land-based portables) as this unit was designed for a practical purpose. So put your wet suit on and plug yourself to the swimming experience of your life!

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