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Rowing

Richard StarkeRichard Starke Posts: 3 [Apprentice Traveler]
edited January 2019 in Runner & Multi-Sport
When will Mr TomTom add to the software so that it can measure stroke rate when rowing. Also can it compute distance when rowing on an ergo.

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  • tfarabaughtfarabaugh Posts: 16,526
    Superusers
    It cannot compute distance on a rowing machine and they are not going to add anything to support rowing. They are not adding any more sports modes, that is what they added Freestyle and gym modes for. Freestyle is for any GPS enabled non-core activities and Gym for non-GPS enabled activities. If they start adding sports modes then you may want rowing and I may want football and someone else may want equestrian sports, this is why then went with the generic Freestyle. The existing sports also tie into the lifetime totals on MySports. If they add more sports modes they would also need to redesign all of MySports to capture them. You should try using Freestyle it gets you distance based on GPS and calories based on HR so it will be the most accurate (cycling and running use METs for calories and ignore HR).

    Considering TT has left the wearables market and is not producing any new devices (and never even released the Adventurer in the US), I would assume at this point any updates will be limited to bug fixes (and even that may be limited - it has been over six months since the last update broke connectivity for many users and introduced battery drain issues and that is still unresolved). I would not expect much more development and certainly not something major particularly on the watch side (they may continue to tweak the MySports site and app, but not the watches themselves).

    I imagine this is not what you were hoping to hear but let me know if this answered your question. If it did, please mark it as a solution so other can look for it if they have the same question.
  • Richard StarkeRichard Starke Posts: 3 [Apprentice Traveler]
    Comment well received and understood. Mores the pity that the arm movement back and forth can't produce a stroke rate. It should be easy. But thanks for the "Freestyle" suggestion
  • tfarabaughtfarabaugh Posts: 16,526
    Superusers
    Comment well received and understood. Mores the pity that the arm movement back and forth can't produce a stroke rate. It should be easy. But thanks for the "Freestyle" suggestion
    It is theoretically possible, although the stroke for rowing is different than the swing for running, but it would take some work to figure it out. Sadly, there is no one to figure this out and no interest in adding rowing to the watch.

    Glad I could help. When you get a chance please mark my response as a solution so others with the same question can look for it.
  • Richard StarkeRichard Starke Posts: 3 [Apprentice Traveler]
    Thanks for the solution. My other topic is a gripe about the blue and black strap. I liked the way it worked and that sold me on the watch. But 18 months of intermittent use should not have caused it to crack. I have see pics on the internet and they are all the same. I know its out of guarantee but that is just an unacceptable lifespan. I have hat to fork out $40 to get an equivalent that fits the watch. Poor image for TomTom!
  • tfarabaughtfarabaugh Posts: 16,526
    Superusers
    Thanks for the solution. My other topic is a gripe about the blue and black strap. I liked the way it worked and that sold me on the watch. But 18 months of intermittent use should not have caused it to crack. I have see pics on the internet and they are all the same. I know its out of guarantee but that is just an unacceptable lifespan. I have hat to fork out $40 to get an equivalent that fits the watch. Poor image for TomTom!
    Glad I could help. When you get a chance please mark my response as a solution so others with the same question can look for it.

    18 months is actually a pretty great result for these bands, most fail much earlier than that sadly. This is yet another reason why TT has left the wearables market and is no longer producing any new devices, I am sure they were losing a lot of money constantly replacing straps for free.
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