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–May 12th, 2013
Monday: Versailles Triathlon 2013 Race Report
Tuesday: Hitcase Pro iPhone Underwater/Bike/Sports Case Review
Wednesday: Testing out the Pebble watch with new RunKeeper app integration
Thursday Morning: A look at Wahoo KICKR support on Windows via ANT, and what the rest of the industry is doing
Thursday Evening: A London Runaround
Friday: Incredible deals: Garmin FR910XT for $299, FR310XT for $169, Edge 800 for $229, Ambit for $349
Woot, check it out!
I was highlighted this week in The Guardian – which is one of the major UK news organizations. Here’s the full link to all their thoughts.
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) 5,000 runners told they didn’t run marathon, after directional error: Mid-way through a race all but a single person incorrectly ran the race – effectively meaning everyone else was short about 260 meters. (Via EverymanTri)
2) Recon Heads Up Display for Triathletes (and others) announced: Really cool to see this come to fruition, looking forward to getting some hands on time shortly.
3) A look at the 1924 Paris Olympics…in 2013: A neat look at one of the Olympic stadiums nearly 90 years later. And here’s some more recent photos of various Olympic venues rotting away. (Thanks to Woody for sending in!)
4) Think you travel a lot or know places well? Try out this highly addicting Google Earth game where you try and pin-point the location just purely based on Streetview. You get five rounds to increase your score. Incredibly addicting.
5) Quantified Self Europe Conference Round-up: Here’s all the presentations (videos) from the European Quantified Self conference that recently occurred.
6) A series: 8 Weeks of Simulated Altitude Training: An interesting look at a facility that can simulate not just recovery at altitude, but the actual training at 10,000ft.
7) Specialized opens up in-house wind tunnel: Interesting stuff. Though, I view this more as a marketing/PR benefit than one that’s purely technical (obviously there’s still benefits there too). It allows for arguments such as “We’re the only company to have an in-house wind tunnel”. That said, would love to get some testing time in there. Another article with other photos here.
8) The bat-mo-bike? Well, something like that. Worth the read through.
10) How they take photos of waterproof cell phones underwater: This behind the scenes post reminds me quite a bit of when I took photos of the Xperia Active ANT+ enabled & waterproof cell phone back a while ago. Or, how I take underwater photos for all my reviews.
11) Washington DC Bans Water Bottles on Pool Decks: All assortment of entertainment here in this post. Goes completely full circle. Worth the read through.
12) Android affirms support for Bluetooth 4.0 sensors: While some may see this as a good thing – in reality, this announcement is actually bad. And it’s not bad because of the announcement itself, but because they’re basically saying it’s going to be months until it happens. Right now the only way apps and devices get Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Smart) support on Android is when a given app developer puts/cobbles together a custom solution for it. Nothing standardized. The hope was back at CES (January) that they’d announce operability and integration into the OS within weeks. Now they’re saying months to ‘later this year’ depending on who you ask. Really a big bummer – and a huge disappointment for those hoping to see support for things like the Wahoo KICKR, heart rate/power/speed/cadence/etc sensors and others via Bluetooth Smart on Android. I bet we don’t see anything now until September at best. :(
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. 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.
Pocket-integrated sports bras: These sports bras include an integrated front pocket which allows storage of all sorts of things from phones to keys to iPods. Or just a pile of gels. Their product is out there already, their goal with the Kickstarter campaign is to bring manufacturing to the US.
Plume – Recoiling Mudguard: Plume is a recoiling mudguard for your bike. It’s designed to extend when in use, and then recoil back up when not in use.
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?
FitBit adds Samsung S4 Support: More Android phones added to their Bluetooth Smart sync list.
4iiii’s sending out updated Viiiiva’s: I don’t have a link for this, but all registered users were sent an e-mail. If you didn’t receive one, hit up 4iiii’s support to see if a new strap needs to be sent out (free).
Trainer Road Adds Wahoo KICKR ANT+ support (TR 2.1.0): I covered this fairly well earlier in the week.
PerfPro gets single-USB stick for KICKR: Also covered earlier in the week in detail in my Thursday post.
Bluetooth SIG adds location and navigation device profile: They’ve been on a bit of a run lately with new profiles. Good to see. (via Niclas G.)
iPhone/iPad App updates this week:
Ok, so my iPad found these two iPad apps were updated from the week before:
Android App Updates this week:
Windows Phone App updates this week:
(There were no Windows Phone updates for sports apps that I have this week)
Thanks for reading!