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.
Monday: Hands-on with Epson’s new Pulsesense optical heart rate activity trackers
Monday: Outdoor Retailer 2014 Odds and Ends Roundup
Tuesday: Swimming, cycling and running my way though Salt Lake City
Tuesday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend
Wednesday: Behind the Scenes at Wahoo Fitness HQ
Friday: An Apeldoorn Runaround
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:
(Since there hasn’t been a ‘Week in Review’ in a few weeks, some of these were favorites I had set aside but never posted)
2) At La Course, from the bike camera of Marianne Vos: Pretty cool view, especially as she just waits until the very end to go in for the win. Awesome stuff.
3) Really cool hyperlapses using wobbly action cam videos: Can’t wait till the app is released to create your own videos.
5) Should volunteers at for-profit endurance events be getting paid? A worthwhile read from an employment litigator (and endurance athlete) on the subject.
7) Peaksware (company behind TrainingPeaks) buys music company: Hmm. I’m not quite sure on this one. I think the gym investment noted makes slightly more sense, since that’s directly in the wheelhouse of fitness and an area that’s both incredibly popular but without traditional TrainingPeaks coverage. On the bright side, they have done a ton of work on the iOS app lately.
8) Strava details last month’s outage: A pretty good engineering/technical focused run-down of their outage on July 29th. Good to see companies do this, shows a bit of openness.
10) A smartwatch for surfers: I don’t surf, but, cool to see sport-specific watches extended to other sports.
11) Women draws enormous male members using Nike+ Runs: And with that, we’ll end this week’s section of links. Can’t really top it.
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. If you’re unfamiliar with projects, read my detailed post on how I decide which projects I personally back. 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.
(Note: For some reason the Kickstarter video embed functionality is broken at the moment…so, click onto the site to see their video.)
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 sync is now on Windows Phone: This was announced a while back, but now has shown up. This marks the first activity monitor to have an app that sync’s via Windows Phone.
Endomondo releases on Gear Fit/Gear 2: Pickup from fitness apps seems relatively slow for these devices outside of a handful, will be interesting to see if more join in.
Magellan Active API Updates: Magellan continues to chug away on making their site more and more open. Lots of detail in the link.
Garmin FR15 firmware update: Lots of little fixes.
Garmin VIRB Edit Software Update: Tons of new features, some fixes.
Quarq Firmware Update: This adds in support for accelerometer based cadence in all Quarq power meters in the event of loss of magnet. Really cool addition from them.
TomTom Multisport Firmware Update: Adds a new free-style mode that you can use how you please. Also adds ability to Race against MySports activities.
TomTom releases Android app: Just in case ya missed it, they also released an Android app for synching to all their fitness devices (they already had iOS). Details on supported phones at link.
In the interest of getting this post out – I’m going to skip all the update screenshots for apps this week. Plus, I’m not entirely sure there’s as much interest on app updates as there might have been in the past. But, perhaps I’m wrong.
Have a great remainder of the weekend all!