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 past week.
Sports Technology Hot Deals
Garmin Edge 810 $100 Rebate: There’s currently a rebate out for the Garmin Edge 810 cycling computer. It’s the one with maps that came out a little more than a year ago. As usual, if you support the site and purchase through Clever Training you get all the usual goodness that comes with that. So the rebate is combinable there with the other savings pieces from Clever Training.
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) A cycling pizza cutter: Seriously, how freaking awesome is that?
2) ANT+ comes to Nexus 5 and Nexus 10? Apparently. At least if your phone is rooted. This would be a really interesting development if it’s a precursor to widespread above-board support. Note, I have not tried this yet myself. (via Keith Wakeham)
3) The impact of Garmin’s new API policy on 3rd party apps: I’ll be talking about this more likely later this month. There’s two sides to every coin. In this case, a side that’ll manifest itself as a major win for what many of you have been asking for with respect to big name software partnerships to Garmin coming up. But, it’s at the cost of smaller companies and hobbyists who are stuck with a $5,000 fee.
4) Aero Helmet Road Testing: While this is interesting stuff – as a general public service reminder remember that helmet aero testing is incredibly user-specific. What works for me, might not work for you, and vice versa. I discussed this in more detail when I took a look at aero testing in person last year. (via CyclingTips)
5) Wello iPhone case can track blood pressure, heart rate, more: Kinda like the new Samsung devices, except, a case for iPhones.
6) Samsung S5 apps include premium fitness memberships: Speaking of those Samsung devices, the devices included access to both RunKeeper and MapMyFitness premium subscriptions.
7) Need to merge two fitness files to upload somewhere as a single activity (like Strava)? Here’s your answer. (via Neal Rogers)
8) New mountain bike shocks wirelessly transmits data between them: Interesting to see another attempt at bringing live data to the shocks.
9) Have a PowerCal strap? If so, this neat little app will allow you to correlate the data with ANT+ speed/cadence data to zero-out cases where you weren’t pedaling.
10) How to check spoke tension with a smart phone: As cool as this is, I’ve decided that given the large piles of wheels sitting next to me, I’d be here all day… so I’m going to do nothing instead. Still, cool stuff.
Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:
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. Note that as always with crowd funded projects, assume the project will be late and will under-deliver on features. Thus far, on the numerous products I’ve helped ‘fund’ (except a leather bike handle), that’s been the case. And finally, me simply mentioning them below is definitely not an endorsement, it’s just me mentioning they exist.
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 is even better) 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?
PowerTap PowerAgent Update: A pretty substantial software update from the folks behind the PowerTap.
Garmin Vector firmware: This adds in torque effectiveness and pedal smoothness to head units that support it (including the Edge 510/810). And a slew of other bug fixes, along with some interesting new errors it’ll send if it detects some installation errors (like crank length).
Garmin Fenix/D2/Tactix Beta Firmware Update: Continues to add/tweak beta features.
Garmin Monterra Updates: This is Garmin’s Android based unit that targets hiking but supports ANT+ and could potentially be used as an interesting bike computer.
Golden Cheetah 3.0.2 Released: This is the 2nd maintenance release of the 3.0 build (like a roll-up build). (Via Eli)
SportTracks Mobi Adds Training Load: These have now been added to the online version of SportTracks.
(No Windows Phone app updates this week that I saw)
Thanks for reading!