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 in the past week:
Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this past week:
A busy work week this past week, but should normalize a bit this week.
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) Fitbit adds support for multi-device activity tracking: Cool to see them support this. Basically it allows you to wear a smaller device during the day (i.e. band), and then something like the Fitbit Surge (full watch) for sport activities. They also announced upcoming bike-mode support for the Fitbit Surge, which I’m currently beta testing. I’ll update my existing In-Depth Review once the firmware update goes final/public.
2) Cookie jar won’t open unless you take more steps: Normally I’d stick this in the Kickstarter section, but it’s not strictly fitness, so I figured it’s more interesting here. At any rate – they plan to connect to Fitbit at launch. Cool concept.
3) Photographing Stunt Biker Danny MacAskill in Front of a Solar Eclipse: Very cool behind the scenes look at how they shot a sweet photo.
4) Timeline of Garmin/Suunto/Polar devices: Pretty neat little look at when all the major fitness devices released from each company.
5) A $150 guys swim suit: Sure, some women’s suits are $150, but for a guy’s suit that’s a bit more rare. (FYI: Some readers are reporting odd spam/malware alerts when using visiting this site. I haven’t seen it, but FYI.)
6) Volvo creates spray-on visibility/reflective paint for cyclists: Cool stuff, would be interesting to see how well it works in real life. (via reader JR)
8) US Secretary of State gets bike repair help mid-ride: From a Swiss bike shop, while out on a ride there during the Iran nuclear talks. Neat. And don’t let this get political in the comments. (via Sport Tracks Twitter).
9) Amazon bringing yoga instructors to new marketplace: You can now order a yoga instructor on Amazon. I wonder if I can also get Amazon to do the workout for me too?
10) Zwift sends out beta invites for Elite/CompuTrainer/CycleOps trainer owners: Also, sounds like they’re on the way towards shifting towards an open-beta program soon (instead of invite only).
Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:
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.
(Nuttin much 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?
Leikr firmware update: Nice to see the company is still releasing updates for the unit.
Garmin Fenix3 firmware update: Bug fixes.
Garmin Vivoactive firmware update: Bug fixes.
Polar update non-update: Just an FYI that Polar has delayed their M400 footpod update, and V800/M400 smartphone notifications.
Thanks for reading!