Surfing Watch Uses Smartphone App for Tidal, Weather, Surf Data
The Freestyle Shark Tooth watch works with an iOS or Android app to provide real-time data to wearers using their smartphones.The new Shark Tooth surf watch from Freestyle USA connects with an Android or iOS smartphone app to provide up-to-date tide, weather and related surf data to active wearers, whether they are boating, surfing, swimming or participating in other water-related activities. The Shark Tooth retails for $120 and connects to smartphones through a free app that can harness real-time surf, tide and weather data for thousands of locations around the world. The app also includes activity tracking and the ability to control a smartphone's camera and music applications, according to Freestyle, which describes itself as a California beach culture brand. The Shark Tooth, which claims water resistance to a depth about 328 feet, is powered by the Wavetrak API from ocean weather information service Surfline, which geo-locates the wearer's location using the location capabilities of an accompanying smartphone, providing what the company claims is the "most extensive global network of surf conditions available" on a surf watch. The watch connects to the app via Bluetooth. The watch is battery-operated, rather than powered by a frequent recharging cycle. It features an oversized easy-to-read dot-matrix display, a lightweight polycarbonate case and buttons, a soft and durable silicone watch band and a stainless steel buckle and clasp.
When connected to the app, the sports mode can track a user's time and distance, calories expended, average and maximum speeds, elevation and direction, according to Freestyle.