My hobby is rowing and my profession is information systems. In 2012 I
started developing applications on Windows Phone and started experimenting with
a rowing stroke monitor application which is now available as RowExcel. I have
also developed a few other rowing applications such as a couple of stroke watch
applications. These applications are free or very low cost. My goal is to add
value to those other people who wish to row.
Why Windows Phone
know that very few folks use the Windows Phone for their ‘smart phone’ and we
have no interest in changing your choice of communications device. We submit
that you should look at the Windows
Phone as a rowing information tool rather than as a phone. Our applications do not require cellular
service so there is no need for a contract or SIM card. The Nokia 520, for example, is available for
less than $80 and often on sale for less than $50 - without a contract.
This is a small investment in improving your rowing and, most especially, your
ability to get your best racing performance.
are currently two major versions of the Windows Phone system. Windows Phone is
the current release and requires certain models to operate. Windows Phone 7
operates on the older, even less expensive, models of phones. These models can
be found for less than $30 in many places. All our applications are available
on both versions. The primary feature available with the newer version is the
ability to have voice output. The voice option is a great feature so that you
don’t have to watch the phone.
Phone offers you a way to get the most powerful and flexible rowing
applications available at a fraction of the cost of other rowing applications.
is a powerful and flexible rowing and paddling performance application that gathers
a large number of metrics (40 currently) with selectable stroke intervals for
many. Not only does it capture the
metrics but it allows you to view them during and after the sessions,
including a map, showing your detailed performance. The various data can also be uploaded to
the cloud for additional analysis.
takes great advantage of the features of Windows Phone. In addition to having a very flexible set
of configurable displays the application can speak any of the metrics at the
points you specify. RowExcel takes
advantage of using GPS to track your movement toward the end of a piece, such
as the finish line. It can tell you on
the screen or verbally the number of meters, strokes or seconds to the
supports totally flexible and configurable Training Plans. The plan can contain any number of segments
that specify the stroke pressure and duration in meters, stroke or
seconds. The application provides
detailed information about performance of the various segments.
an external Bluetooth speaker allows the entire crew to hear the metrics to
help keep everyone informed.
very flexible and powerful stroke watch that records and displays stroke
rates for up to 8 boats for rowing and paddling which can be uploaded to the
stroke watch for rowing or other paddling based sports with optional voice
output. The strokes per minute and, optionally the drive
ratio, are calculated and recorded for later display. The session
results are saved for later review and can be uploaded to the Microsoft
cloud. The drive ratio is the percentage of the stroke taken by the
drive portion of the stroke.
is the most simple stop watch supporting and focused on finish split
timing. It was written to support
rowing races but works great for any event where the finish line timing is to
take the split times (the time between the first place and each other
finisher) rather that the raw elapsed time of the race. The application does allow the elapsed time
of the first place finisher to be inserted and the computation of the raw
time of each of the finishers is displayed.
Up to 8 boats can be
clocked. Also available as a Windows
application provides a changing view of various sources of information about
rowing from a variety of sites on the Internet. It provides a good basis for
tracking events and information about the sport of rowing.
application provides a way to find and contact the rowing organizations in
the state of Florida. The location of
the boathouse for as many rowing organizations in the state of Florida is
shown. The application allows you to
map sites based on their programs offered and other criteria as well as link
to the organization’s web site.
application provides the list of organizations in the South East United
States that row. The list can be filtered to a specific state and can be
sorted by various criteria.