Use the new OarPowerMeter to manage performance and measure output watts
For over 20 years we have been developing measurement systems for rowing boats. First came the RowerExpert which was followed by our RowX-System (smart oarlocks).
Disadvantages of those earlier devices were that they were complicated and expensive to produce, difficult to install and tricky to use in the boat, but the new OarPowerMeter uses the latest technology and is designed to be easy to use for both sculling and sweep rowing.
The OarPowerMeter is a clever combination of various measuring instruments which pulls together a detailed picture of how the crew is working together and the contribution of each rower in it. Data are transmitted wirelessly to our smartphone/tablet app and files can then easily be exported for detailed analysis on our PC software package.
No matter what the weather or water conditions OarPowerMeter accurately measures power output in watts with an accuracy of +/- 1%. Wind, water flow and temperature are all automatically accounted for.
Decisions are easier to make if they are supported by objective data.
OarPowerMeter's parameters help you make detailed observations about your crews using data about force application, power variations, boat & rigging set-up and much more.
You could, for example, have your crew perform two similar pieces of work but swap over one crew member between the two. With the OarPowerMeter you would then be able to compare the force/time curves of those two rowers. This might enable you to find out exactly why one of them makes the boat go faster, or maybe explain visually (using the analysis software) to another why the crew is less comfortable with him in - perhaps because he is applying his power out of sequence with the rest of the crew, for example.
The accuracy, objectivity and reliability of the light weight OarPowerMeter are complemented by its easy installation and minimal set-up time.
The android unit is secured in the boat and following data is collected and displayed:
- Stroke rate
- Boat velocity (from phone GPS)
- Distance (from phone GPS)
- Power in Watt per stroke
- Average Power
- Heart Rate
- Graph – force vs. pulling angle
- Store the data for analyzing in PC Software