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Week in Review–March 16th, 2013

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The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!

So with that, let’s get into the action!

DCRainmaker.com posts this past week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this week.

Sunday: Week in Review–March 9th, 2013
Monday: A Rottnest Island Runaround (Western Australia)
Wednesday: An inside look at my bike toolbox
Thursday: A Wellington (New Zealand) Runaround
Friday: A Sydney Swim, Bike and Runaround

The Queue Posts:

The Queue is a place where I post quick galleries of products that have just started the review cycle.  At the moment, these don’t show up in the main RSS feed since they are just quick galleries.  You can however subscribe specifically to The Queue RSS feed here (mostly to just use it as a notification mechanism).

Saturday: In the Queue: The 4iiii’s Viiiiva ANT+ to Bluetooth HR Strap Bridge

To see all previous Queue galleries, simply click here.

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:

Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet:

1) Forget heads up, let’s go head down – pavement illuminated bike display: Check out this Make project that was shown off at SXSW this week.  It projects your current speed onto the ground in front of you.  It’s a DIY project, so the idea being it could be expanded based on ones creativity. (via Steve)

2) Swimming laps in the largest indoor pool in the world…while putting together a space station: A really cool four-part in-depth series on this massive NASA swimming pool.  Now…how exactly do I get lane time there?

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3) Anyone ever wish your shoes talked back to you?  Well, your wish is Google’s command.  Or rather, your lack of activity is your shoe’s trash talk.  Check out the below video to make sense of it.

4) Look, sometimes you just need a bicycle RV:  And for those times, look no further than this all-inclusive solution. (via Mark)

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5) Zeo slowly slips under the surface: Sounds like Zeo has gone under.  Sad story, as they were/are very well respected in that particular field.  I wonder if lack of new innovation (read: new products) is what has ultimately done them in.  By the same token, I think we’ll see new investors come in and continue the product. (via DJ Patil)

6) New Cervelo bike adds power meter magnet: I thought this was kinda interesting.  I do think this is somewhat of a stopgap, as I suspect we’ll see the accelerometer based cadence systems become more commonplace within a few years. (via Quarq’s Twitter feed)

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7) Want a free GPS fitness device? Magellan is giving away a few of them.

8) Plexi Bike anyone? (via Pierre)

9) BikeDC gets cancelled for 2013 due to permit hell: A bummer to see this won’t happen this year.  Was always a pretty cool DC event – closing all the major roads across the city for the day to allow cyclists free-range access.

10) You can now buy customized Fenix wristbands:  If you’ve gone one of the Garmin Fenix units, they’ve announced some newfangled deal that lets you go all crazy color on the unit.

Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:

This is a bit of a new section. Most of this content used to be found within the main section, but I figured I’d just call it out up here and make it easy to find.  I regularly sift through Kickstarter and Indiegogo (plus a few others on occasion) looking for sports projects.

Here’s the athletic projects of note that are new:

Alpine Ski Touring System: If you’re like my brother, you’ll potentially be all over this.  This allows you to effectively swap ski bindings mid-day as you transition from uphill to downhill.

Mobile Helmet Cooling: This one is only available another 48 hours, but in theory it cools your head with some technology in your helmet.

Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week:

Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one liners is perfect, or Tweet it at me) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?

Site/Firmware Updates:

TrainingPeaks Device Agent: Added support for Timex Run Trainer 2.0 (which is planned for release at some point in the next 15-30 days).

Peripedal updated to version 1.5.0: This adds more workouts, training plans, auto upload to TrainingPeaks, and several other new features.

Joule GPS nears new firmware update: Looks like the Joule GPS will get a few minor additions here shortly.

CycleOps looking for beta testers of firmware update for PowerBeam: If you bought a PowerBeam trainer AFTER roughly Fall 2012, and want ANT+ connectivity added back in (broadcasting of ANT+ data), hit them up.

iPhone/iPad App Updates this week:

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Android App Updates this week:

None came across this week (at least for my phone)…

Thanks for reading!

6 Comments

  1. Steve Knapp

    The custom wrist band for the Garmin seems to be only available as a bundle with the unit. I did not see where one could buy one on it's own.

    Bummer on Zeo, any idea what happens to their devices when they shut down? I assume most functions stop working.

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  2. Myria

    FWIW it looks like the Hydrosleeve isn't likely to hit its goal -- albeit I've guessed wrong there before. 9 days left and it's at 8.5K of 25K doesn't look too promising, though.. Too bad, really, if not overly surprising. I'd probably have gotten one for, oddly enough, my dog. During runs I worry a lot more about his hydration than mine, in hot weather a dog loses a lot of water panting during a run. I suppose since I don't need the fancy spout or anything, rigging up something similar for Summer runs wouldn't be that difficult.

    Also too bad, if not surprising, about Zeo. The combination of cost and weak (possibly nonexistent) medical applications, combined with every relatively cheap accelerometer based system on the planet basically filling the same niche as far as most people were concerned (fairly or unfairly, the Zeo wasn't well known enough, nor did they differentiate it from units like the Fitbit or Up well enough), was always going to be a hard sell.

    I have a close friend who runs a medical practice that she took through certification for home sleep monitoring last year. The whole certification process is a bit of a nightmare and the professional units they use are very expensive, more than a tad temperamental, and do a lot more than just measure brainwaves.

    Sitting somewhere between the accelerometer based units and the medical grade units -- albeit far closer to the former than the latter -- I'm not really sure where they thought their market was going to come from.

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  3. Steve Knapp

    Oh, and on the Android side Fitbit has been pushing frequent updates over the last few days. It seems their QC person is on holiday.

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  4. Interesting to see the direction Google is going (everything is a smart object, with things like the shoes and google glass), but Google is in control of the filter and algorithm for the information you see (bye-bye Google Reader).

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  5. Eli

    Like the Garmin GTU 10, but specifically for bikes? link to kickstarter.com

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    • Rainmaker replied

      Very cool. Poking at it now, adding it for next week!

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