Although it seems that fitness and activity trackers exist for every sport, their conquest is not quite complete. Curiously, there’s nothing out there specifically for surfers which means an entire population of athletes that don’t have a choice at all when it comes to wearables.
GlassyPro’s Glassy Zone is that wearable device specifically designed with these board enthusiasts in mind. Its Fitbit band-like exterior houses a set of three LED lights for different notifications. Glassy Zone covers a wide range of variables so that users don’t have to fill their wrists up with different bands.
In conjunction with a companion iOS or Android app, Glassy Zone tracks sleep, monitors forecasts and keeps an eye on UV levels to ensure users received healthy amounts of sun. When it comes to actual surfing, the band tracks distance, time, speed and the actual conditions of both the weather and the waters at the time, all saved for review later on.The app also supports robust community features such as in-app messaging, goal creation and leaderboards in addition to harnessing the power of the community to create real-time photo and video updates about surf conditions. The Glassy Zone band costs $79 with an expected ship date in the fall of 2016. GlassyPro is looking for $35,000 by November 14th, 2016.
While surfers could have made due with products like StormTag for hyperlocal forecasts, they simply aren’t for them. By identifying a hole in the wearables market, GlassyPro succeeds in addressing the demand for something more specific. Glassy Zone boasts an impressive range of functions but users will have to content with how visible those LED alerts are on a bright, sunny day at the beach and whether it can withstand really rough surf.