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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.
Amongst the multitude of vendor booths displaying at CES 2015, I noticed a rather large booth – mainly because they seemed to be swamped by crowds every time I wandered by. Dipping in for a closer look what really caught my eye was this odd looking device.
Not quite sure what new wearable technology I was looking at, I had to stop for a chat. That’s what led me to the realization that I was talking to some folks who seemed somewhat familiar. Familiar, as in I felt like I had read about them in a DC Rainmaker post at some point in the past. Though I probably hold the distinction of being one of the few people who read all of Ray’s posts, I really can’t remember every product he’s written about, though I’m sure he can. The man’s memory skills are amazing.
Anyway, a while back, as in about a year and half ago, Ray ran a post on a personal visit he made to a small Seattle startup seeking crowd-source funding. At the time they were an early player in the field of embedded wearable technology when they came up with their Smart Sock idea.
Ray’s piece on them was a good behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of the engineering and manufacturing challenges inherent in bringing a new product to market. That company, Sensoria, ultimately met and exceeded their funding goal and within the past month or so have started shipping product to their early Indigogo backers, with plans to start retail distribution within the next few months.
It was good to see them at CES with such a success story. Though their initial startup funding goal was relatively small at just $87,000 they surpassed that by 133% and have even gone on to acquire additional private investment funding. And considering the cost of having a good portion of your company camp out on a large piece of show floor real estate at CES in Vegas, business must be good.
But most importantly it was interesting to see the improvements in their finished product. Aside from the scary piece of armament above, they have really refined their sock-based hardware. As you’ll recall from Ray’s first post their banana sized anklet was interesting, to say the least. But their new offering is less fruit-like and more activity tracker like.
And they have improved their snap-on idea with a more magnet based system.
And from that you can see how it relates to the charging base in the first photo above.
Anyway, so far they report good results from their initial shipments with good feedback for app enhancements. And I see no real complaints in their Indigogo comments section since shipment, which is always a good indicator. And they even preceded their sock release with a successful release of an HRM-embedded sports bra and a similar man’s shirt.
So, overall, it’s good to see this kind of progress for a risk-taker in a very competitive world. Oh, and Sensoria was even honored recently for this year’s CES Innovation Awards. Not too shabby.
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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.