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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 past week.
Garmin has allowed companies to drop the price of the VIRB action cameras pretty substantially, effectively immediately. I don’t expect to see new VIRB’s this year (since they just hit market back in the Holiday 2013 timeframe), so I’d use whatever is on the market today as your decision point. I’m looking at doing a roundup of all the major cameras in about three weeks (once I get through a high-volume travel period here for work) where I’ll outline my recommendations similar to what I do for other gadgets. Around that timeframe you’ll also see me do an update on my general GPS/gadget recommendations.
2) GoPro Hero4 specs leak out: I generally don’t re-post rumors/leaks, however this was pretty widely circulated in major tech publications. The big news here isn’t actually the 4K video (at 30FPS), since that was very much expected. But rather the shift to a potential summer (June) release schedule is of more note. Historically GoPro has released in the fall-ish timeframe.
6) Motorola invests in Recon Instruments: It’s unclear exactly how much cash Motorola dumped into Recon, but it’s yet another sign that the major tech forefathers are looking to get into the wearables market. Recon is of course developing the Recon Jet HUD for triathletes (and other sports), following their existing snow-sports goggle lineup that has very similar features.
7) State of the sport of triathlon: A good look at the business/commercial/popularity side of triathlon from a global perspective over the past 3+ decades…from someone who’s been there since the beginning.
10) Wakeboarding with dolphins: Pretty crazy-awesome video. And even though it’s a few months old, I’d never seen it before. Thus, it’s still cool. Simple as that. (via Matt S.)
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.
(I didn’t really see anything of note in the sports tech world this week)
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?
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.