Finis, the worldwide leader in technical swimming development has announced the unveiling of the Swimsense Performance Monitor (powered by SportSense), which is worn around the wrist while swimming.

Using motion sensing technology, the Swimsense Performance Monitor automatically detects and distinguishes stroke types, records the number of laps swum, total distance, calories burned, lap time, pace and stroke count.

“Most fitness enthusiasts and serious athletes who partake in swimming as part of their training routine can’t remember how many laps they swam last week or how many calories they burned”, says John Mix, president of FINIS. “With the Swimsense you can easily keep track of that and more. Simply get in the water and go, the Swimsense will automatically capture your entire swim workout as soon as you hit the start button. At the completion of your workout you can view your current swim session and any of your prior workouts for comparison”.

With built-in automatic stroke recognition Swimsense is the first Performance Monitor in the world that can automatically differentiate between backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and Freestyle. Custom settings allow the user to configure Swimsense for unique pool sizes, and personalize calorie calculations by specifying gender, weight and age.

Pricing should come in at around $199.99 and is available from a variety of retailers including the Finis website