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7 Luxury Swimming Pools That Have To Be Seen To Be Believed (PHOTOS)

From Huffington Post

Design Inspiration for your own outdoor living area can come from just about anywhere.  Many potential swimming pool owners have seen a feature or layout that they loved from a neighbor's pool.  Others can find features or amenities that they want to incorporate into their own backyard design from a waterpark or vacation swimming pool.  This post from Huffington Post brings the sublime luxury swimming pool designs from around the world right to your computer screen.  While you are saving the cost of travel to actually plunge into these amazing swimming pools, you may have to shell out some money to bring them to your own backyard!

Here is an excerpt from the post:

A high-end home would just feel incomplete without a swimming pool. And if you're going to have a professional that will take care of this feature, you might as well make a big splash. (Pun totally intended.) So, how does one improve on a pool? Well, you could put it on a roof, for starters. Or, you could go really, really over-the-top and install a bronze sculpture of yourself beside it.

Realtor.com recently rounded up a list of seven luxury swimming pools that border amazing and extreme -- you decide. So go ahead and dive into our slideshow of aquatic oases, and let us know which one you wouldn't mind taking a dip in.

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Swimming pool chillers are making a splash in hot markets

From PR Newswire

Many people are familiar with using a gas-fired heater, or a heat pump, or even a heat-exchanger to heat up their inground swimming pool.  Most people don't realize, however, that in certain climates, heating up the pool isn't the issue.  When temperatures soar for an extended period of time, virtually in any climate, the swimming pool water rises commensurately.  Swimming pools with automatic pool covers that remain closed for extended periods of time will experience a spike in swimming pool water temperature as well, and this is usually undesirable.  Temperatures over 90 degrees in the water will cause chlorine and other sanitizers to dissapate quicker, and will throw off the water balance to an unsafe condition.  Not to mention that water temperatures in this range are uncomfortable for extended periods of time.  

Enter the Pool Chilller.  Glacier Pool Chillers utilize an air-cooled mechanism to cool the swimming pool without using freon or gas like a heat pump on chill setting, and will cool the water temperature 10-15 degrees fahrenheit.  

Click here to read about this innovative way to deal with the extreme heat and it's effect on your inground swimming pool

6 TOOLS THAT MAKE POOL CARE EASY

AUTOMATIC POOL EQUIPMENT FOR EASY MAINTENANCE

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.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

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.

Click here to read about and see this amazing bridge swimming pool

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.

Click here to see the Instabeat Indiegogo Video

Click here to view the Instabeat Website

Click here to see the Indiegogo Progress and Funding

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