Sure, your iPod will magically keep track of how fast you run, but what about when you head out to swim some laps? A new concept design from Joh Minhoo called the My Pace (which comes to us via Yanko Design) aims to take care of that for you, via solar power.
These swim goggles come integrated with an LCD panel, which incorporates both an electronic watch and a track recorder. While you swim, stats are beamed into your peripheral vision, offering information in real time on your pace and the time. The LCD panel was designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, so you won’t have to worry about running into the wall or other swimmers while you’re checking your stats, and the information, on the fly, might just give a serious swimmer the edge in a competitive race.
When you’ve expended all the energy at your disposal – or simply have to get out of the pool – the My Pace can recharge its internal battery using solar power, so it makes sense to leave these goggles in a sunny window to dry, or perhaps even on the dashboard of your car.
These innovative goggles are a contender for the 2011 Spark Award, which bills itself as a gathering of the finest examples of concept designs from around the world. (Designer Joh Minhoo is also the creative force behind another Spark Award entry this year, the Butter-Fly Camera.)