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SPEEDO has developed a high tech swimsuit SPEEDO Fastskin based on the hydrodynamic properties of sharkskin Modeling the Fastskin on attributes found in nature is an example of biomimesisa mimic of natural biology Sharkskin is covered with tooth-like scales called denticles The denticles reduce the friction or drag of the water as the shark swims The SPEEDO Fastskin mimics the sharkskin with drag-reducing grooves Sharkskin is covered with tooth-like scales called denticles The denticles reduce the friction or drag of the water as the shark swims The SPEEDO Fastskin mimics the sharkskin with drag-reducing grooves The SPEEDO Fastskin suit is customized for peak performance by being crafted to an exact body shape A body scan provides a three dimensional recreation of the body for the computer Each part of the Fastskincan be specifically matched to the exact dimensions on the swimmer Swimmers discovered that the low resistance of the Fastskin changed the feel of the water to them In order to recreate that feel SPEEDO inserted a panel of gripper material on the forearms of the sleeved suit The gripper provides enough resistance to enhance the feel of the water A swimmer pulls through the water The Fastskin reduces drag and supports the muscle groups to reduce fatigue Elite swimmers in a flume test tested the SPEEDO Fastskin Water flows through a test tank creating a current in which to swim SPEEDO Fastskin fits like a second skin Water flows along the grooves of the fabric to reduce drag In press materials Speedo is claiming that the suit offers as much as a 3 improvement in speed With fabric that mimics shark skin and seaming that improves muscle coordination it is the most advanced swimwear ever made It is called the Fastskin suit which mimics sharkskin in that it contains tiny V-shaped ridges that allow water to pass over the swimmer more efficiently
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