welcome to our first update of the year! Today we'll talk about white Swimmo manufacturing, amazing usage statistics, development of Interval training detection and our brand new FAQ site that will answer your frequently asked questions!
White Swimmo in production
We are happy to say that, as we mentioned in previous update, white Swimmos are being manufactured as we speak. The test process of materials is over, plastics were sent to our production partners and first units are here! See one of the first white Swimmos below:
As for the shipping those white units they are just starting to be assembled and should be shipped from our manufacturing partner in next weeks. And this process will look exactly like what we've described previously:
We ship watches to our shipping forwarder in UK. Addresses are verified and a 48-hour notice is sent out to you asking to confirm your shipping details. That's when Swimmo goes to transit and will be transferred from London to your address. We can't guarantee how long this part takes as it depends region to region and country to country.
Also the final batch (with few exceptions) of Black&White Swimmos will be shipped from our shipping forwarder this week!
Some amazing stats from You!
To make a great product with lots of features is one thing...to make one that people really love using is a real measure of success! That's why we'd love to share with you some statistics about Swimmo usage that clearly indicates you are really enjoying our training watch:
First of all we are proud to tell you that 70% of Android users say they love Swimmo. This is a very high number for the first edition of any consumer electronic device so we thank you for your support!
We are also stoked that you really are using Swimmo all the time and in recent days we have reached 3,5 millions of yards swam using Swimmo so we feel amazed and very glad that you find Swimmo useful and fun to wear!
3,5 million yards is the distance between London and Athens so basically you've already swam across whole Europe using Swimmo! This is growing really strong, we are excited watching this
Developing Improvements and Interval Stats
As we stabilised the current software (Android, iOS, backend, watch software etc.) after the initial massive flow of users, we can now speed up development of improvements and brand new features for Swimmo.
First big improvement coming to the watch will be always ON display option so you can glance at your results at any moment during your workout. We also plan to further improve lap counting algorithms in some identified cases. This should come out publicly together with changes already released in previous beta version (v1.2.4).
What we plan to release next will be Interval Set Stats that will let you see your workouts divided into sets instead of laps.
This will be a two-stage process of updates. You will be able to update your firmware with intervals preview on the watch first. This means that you'll be able to see your workout set-by set on your wrist. Next to follow will be updates to our mobile apps to extend the stats.
We do hope it's going to make Swimmo even more useful for all of you! We can't wait for your feedback!
These new capabilities will also help us debug some lap counting edge cases making the whole product even more precise! As we keep emphasising we are here for the long term.
Brand new FAQ site
We also want to inform all of you that there's a new FAQ site available that can help answer many of your questions about Swimmo and make your experience even more enjoyable! We plan to constantly add more information there! Our process here is to eliminate the roots of the issues first instead of publishing upfront a bulky FAQ.
Changes in publishing updates.
As we are close to shipping Swimmo to all backers we've decided that from January we will have two types of updates:
1. Shipment and logistics
As we are very close to shipping all Kickstarter units, we won't push logistics news to inboxes but make them available to everybody on our Kickstarter page. This way we won't send you mail messages that may not be interesting. At the same time we will use the 48 hour notices we send before the dispatch to make sure all the details of your order are correct. This is continous process of every healthy company that ships.
2. Product, features, improvements
The second type of updates will talk about new features and exciting improvements for Swimmo Watch and App and these updates will be send to all of You so that you can try them out and give us feedback on everything that is new and improve the product on your wrist.
We are constantly improving and perfecting. Your mobile apps get automatic updates, so except very rare cases you are enjoying latest stable version. Different thing is with watch firmware, which is updated less often due to complexity and importance of this critical software. We plan to inform you here only about major changes and new features when released fully publicly. Smaller improvements will come from regular updates and could be learned at our FAQ.
This year will bring a number of new and fresh elements to both Swimmo Watch and Swimmo App and we plan to make Swimmo even more useful to greater number of swimmers! Hope we will deliver you some excitement with software updates.
The Swimmo Team