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From Pool & Spa Outdoor

Ask any pool owner who either maintains their own pool, or pays a swimming pool maintenance company to service their pool, and they will tell you that owning an inground swimming pool can be alot of work.  Skimming the pool, checking the chemicals, keeping leaves and debris out of the pool, cleaning out the skimmer baskets, checking the chemicals, etc. etc. can all detract the swimming pool owner from enjoying the pool, which is why they have the swimming pool in the first place.

Luckily, like every other thing in our modern society, technology is making the swimming pool owner's life easier.  In this list from Pool & Spa Outdoor, 6 of these products are presented as the means to make the swimming pool owner's life a little easier, and could potentially add to their time on the pool lounger.

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Routine maintenance is a necessary part of pool ownership—and it's easier than you think. Thanks to technological advances in swimming pool equipment, pool care has become more simple, convenient, and efficient than ever. Here are six pool tools that will make taking care of your pool a quick and easy process.

1. Automatic Pool Cleaner

Automatic pool cleaners automate the otherwise manual task of removing dirt, leaves, and other debris from the pool. There are different types of automatic pool cleaners and most manufacturers offer a variety of models to fit any swimming pool, budget, or lifestyle.

Suction-side pool cleaners are the least expensive option, ranging in price from $200 to $500. These cleaners attach to the suction (input) side of the pool's filter system and suck up dirt and other fine particles and transfer them to the skimmer.

Some models come with a separate filter bag to keep large debris from building up in the skimmer basket while others contain features that remove algae. For instance, the foot pad on the Kreepy Krauly® SandShark™ (pictured at right) has rows of squeegee-like fins that wipe away dirt and debris from vinyl, gunite, or fiberglass surfaces as the unit moves across the pool's floor.

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Two skyscrapers joined by a bridge that is a swimming pool

From Sploid

There are some pretty unique, breathtaking swimming pool designs in the world.  Some utilize amazing technology to create illusions, some have see-through floors and walls, and some use rare and expensive materials to achive the pinnacle of design.  This particular design, however, might be the most amazing that you will ever see.  This 50-meter swimming pool in Singapore, sits atop and adjoins two 38-story condominium buildings.  The swimmer can literally swim from one Skyscraper to the next in this amazing bridge swimming pool.  It really just has to be seen to be believed.

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Instabeat is the "Google Glass" for Swimming

Instabeat is the first waterproof heads-up monitor that tracks, stores, and displays instant feedback of your heart rate during your swim to optimize your training and allow you to achieve your peak performance.

Aiming to make swimming performance a social event, Instabeat is an Indiegogo-funded start up that has one of the most unique products in the swimming pool industry.  Instabeat attaches to any swimming goggle, and provides a heads-up display for the swimming to allow them to monitor their personal performance, heart rate, and track other aspects of their performance to ensure the optimal training regimen.  

From the Instabeat Website:

Instabeat is a sports technology startup based in Lebanon, founded in 2011 by Hind Hobeika out of a need for a heart rate monitoring device for her practices. A former professional swimmer herself, she got the idea while training for the American University of Beirut's swimming team.

As seen in the Olympics, professional athletes need to heavily rely on technology to improve their workout. Swimming is the most challenging sport to track because in addition to being waterproof and accurate, the monitor's design should not hinder the movement of the swimmer and create discomfort or drag forces.

At Instabeat, we believe in the power of tracking to achieve both training optimization and increasing wellness. We are creating the first swimming tracking device that ticks the above requirements while giving real-time feedback of performance.

We've had an amazing start so far. We won the 3rd prize of the Stars of Science competition in 2010, 1st prize of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Business Plan competition in 2012, and we have been around the world to promote self-tracking and swimming. We are also the pioneers of the Quantified Self movement in the Middle East.

We want to empower every athlete with innovative and non-intrusive tools to track, improve and master their most intricate trainings, one sport at a time, starting with swimming.

Instabeat has raised 161% of their funding goal to date, so it will only be a matter of time until you see these in swimming pools across the World.

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Solar Pool Heater Books

From Solar Industries

Those who are fortunate enough to own an inground swimming pool are familiar with the ongoing energy costs of operation.  Even the newest energy-efficient swimming pool pumps, filters, and heaters can cost alot more to operate than the typical person is anticipating.  Many astute inground swimming pool owners have turned to alternative energy sources and systems to help reduce their costs, such as geothermal, wind, and solar.  This post from Solar Industries gives a nice primer on Solar Heating of swimming pools, and also introduces a book that will give the prospective solar swimming pool heater customer all of the relevant information that they would need to get started.

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A heated pool doubles or triples the swimming season and becomes a pool that is used. The primary reason why many people own a pool is for having fun with family and friends, in a relaxed atmosphere. According to Good Housekeeping magazine a solar pool system adds 100% of it's cost to the value of the home. In 2004 almost 14 million sq. ft. of solar pool collectors were installed on about 40,000 pools, doubling the 6.7 million sq. ft. produced in 1998. Solar pool heating systems typically use low cost unglazed copolymer collectors. These have a much higher efficiency when they only need to heat large volumes of water a few degrees. The basic components; solar pool collectors, automatic control, diverter valve, and associated sch. 40 PVC pipes are simply added to the existing pool pump, timer and filter. A conventional back-up heater can also be added to backup a solar system. An installed system may vary in price from $2,900 for a 200 sq. ft. pool with 200 sq. ft. of collector area, to $7,500 to $8,000 for an 800 sq. ft. pool with 800 sq. ft. of collector area.

Solar pool heating systems typically take three to five average days to reach their maximum pool temperature and to maintain that temperature. A solar pool heating system can heat your pool 15 degrees F warmer than it would normally be without the system. By also adding a pool blanket or cover, the pool can be heated 18 degrees to 25 degrees F.

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