Heads-up: Huge Sports Tech Sale Underway – 20% Off All Smart Trainers!
There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
For the third straight year in a row, I’ve presented a keynote session yesterday at the ANT+ Symposium. In presenting here I’m able to address the vast majority of the sports technology industry, from the big player names you hear daily (Garmin, Timex, etc..) to the companies that design the components they use (Texas Instruments, Nordic Semiconductor), to all the smaller companies that support and compete with those devices (Wahoo, Clothing+, Alphamantis, 4iiii’s, and many more you’ve never heard of).
It’s the one time each year that I get the opportunity to tell your story – you as users of the products and services they make. I’m able to encapsulate everything you tell me and pull it into a semi-cohesive message to them. Additionally, I’m able to give them areas that I think need more focus, or attention.
It’s also worth point out, that I actually talk very little about ANT+ during the presentation – instead, it’s more general about the industry, which is why I often included Polar in many of my examples as well.
This year, I split the presentation a bit though compared to past years. The first half was focused on the technology – what’s been big this year, what’s coming, what’s being ignored – what’s working, what’s not. But the second half I focused on ‘consumer engagement’. In other words, how do these companies actually interact with you. And where are they doing a good (or bad) job?
This was interesting because I feel that over the past year there’s been more frustration with how companies respond to (or don’t) issues and their products. Whether it be promised firmware updates, or being present in the forums you visit. I give a rundown of the top frustration points that I hear from you, and how companies can address them.
So, without further ado – here’s the whole presentation – about an hour all-in. I know it’s long, but if you have to pick a half and are a consumer, go with the first half. If you’re a company…well…watch the whole thing. I’ve been told in the past it’s ‘must watch’ material for any sports technology company employee.
2012 DCR ANT+ Keynote Session
Additionally, if you’d like to download this year’s presentation (PDF), you can do so below (it’s sorta big). Additionally, I’ve also linked to the 2011 and 2010 presentations. You can watch the 2011 presentation at this link though.
I swim, bike and run. Then, I come here and write about my adventures. It’s as simple as that. Most of the time. If you’re new around these parts, here’s the long version of my story.
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You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.