The Active Tools Rate Meter calculates rating without using external sensors. The unit can be fixed using the standard mounting bracket or suction cup bracket to enable the unit to be moved between boats. An internal nanotechnology accelerometer senses the varioation in boat speed during each stroke and allows rating to be calculated. This means that there are no wires so you acheive an extremely tidy installation. Failures caused by wiring and connector problems are also eliminated.
When you want to, you can display the time to manage your training outings or to make sure that you get to the start of races on time.
You can take the ratings of passing crews by clicking the button in time with their catches.
Some variation in boat speed during the stroke is unavoidable and it has been shown that minimising this change does not always result in the fastest rate times. However good body control and quick and effective catches are vital to good rowing technique so the ActiveTime unit displays a Check Factor which is derived from the maximium boat decelerations during each stroke.
Checks vary considerably depending on boat types and crew weights but they are a useful way of evaluating technical changes, comparing crews, and seeing how consistent a crew's technique is throughout a race.
Self Timing and Data Recall
Standing start pieces can be automatically timed as the ActiveTime unit senses when you start rowing and also when you wind down at the end of a piece. The last ten times pieces are automatically saved and can be recalle along with average ratings and average checks.
Many people find that timing themselves over set distances gives them more useful speed information than trying to work with a fluctuating impeller or GPS derived speed readings.