The Beginnings – Waves Tracker App

In our first blog post, I would like to talk about how the WavesTracker idea was born and how it evolved to what it is today.

It all started when one of my good friends purchased a “Surf Tracking Device” and shared a few of his surf sessions with me. I was hooked, the details and ability to keep track of my surf sessions and my progression on the sport is something that I felt that I was waiting for. However,  I did not want to attach a dongle to my surfboard.

After a couple of weeks waiting on a price drop, I watched a TV ad (from a big mobile phone maker) where a group of people jumps in the water with their phone. That right there and then was when the idea struck me, phones do have a lot of sensors, I could use that! And this is how the WavesTracker Version 1 was born. 

Version 1 – Waves Tracker App for mobile (2017)

After about 6 months (perhaps less than that) and less than 50 downloads of the app, I had to rethink the idea of using a Smartphone device. At that time my previous watch had just died on me (water), that’s when I thought about getting a Fitness Tracker with GPS and giving that a shot. 

With the way the app has been designed (to process the data collected after a surf session), it was easy to create a prototype to check if it would be possible to make the most of a watch that was GPS enabled and waterproof. The initial results were good, WavesTracker Version 1.5 was then developed.

Since then, a renewed focus with a platform choice, design and fine-tuning of results and data processing led to the creation of WavesTracker Version 2. It certainly would not be possible without the help of many people and I leave here my thanks to all of you.

Thanks for reading and until next time, cheers!  

Gui

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