In one of the driest habitats on earth, some species of Darkling beetle survive using their hardened forewings to capture water from morning dew and ocean fog.
Micro-sized grooves or bumps help increase a feel for water. While underwater, the grooves allow water to move freely. And during the ‘recovery phase’, the hexagonal grip under the paddle easily allows the release of water.
While the Mimic swim paddle’s patent pending structure stands alone as an immediate feedback loop, KineFusion apps utilize the embedded design to provide optional in depth analysis and suggestions.
The structure and pattern of the silicon nodes highlight the hand placement on the paddle while remaining comfortable and forgiving to applied pressure. The design is complemented by the associated pass through points that allow the water to flow freely in the intended direction. While the bright color and unique shape are detectable through automated video analysis to determine form, flow, and force of a swimming cycle.
The petal like design underscores the tiny hexagonal layers embedded into the silicon grip. The combined system allows water to channel and release while keeping a strong structural integrity to the overall paddle when traveling at high speeds. And the stark contrast between the two materials allows KineFusion apps to provide workout feedback and suggestions.
Pool and Flow
By using the nodes and grooves to slightly raise the hand from the paddle, a more natural feel is created with the water. Swim paddles are meant to provide actionable feedback, not a prop to disguise inefficiencies.