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 and Facebook, 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.
Monday: Week in Review–April 11th
Monday: Paris-Roubaix 2016: A Day On The Route
Wednesday: SRAM RED eTAP Wireless Shifting System In Depth Review
Thursday: 4iiii Announces New Factory Pre-Install option, Dual Timelines/Prices
Thursday: Bar Fly shows off new ELEMNT mounts, also triathlon GoPro/Garmin combo mount
Friday: 360Fly 360° Action Camera In-Depth Review
Well then, that was a busy week. Two in-depth reviews!
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) FLIR imaging captures more motors in pro racing? Pretty interesting stuff; do definitely look at the imagery on the Italian site. I thought the quote from the UCI that CyclingTips got is also kinda sad (the response). FLIR imaging cameras are rather cheap in the grand scheme of things (you can even rent them at Home Depot these days!). Obviously you’d get slightly higher end variants, but still cheap. Placing a handful of these cameras out on the course at various undisclosed points incognito (or via moto) wouldn’t be too difficult. It’s as if the UCI is trying to pretend like they don’t have the manpower/budget for that. One only need to go to these events to see just how packed with random staffers they are. Heck, you know what’d be even more fun? If instead of one of the 98 motos taking photogs around on the course, that just one publication decides to arm one of those photogs with a FLIR camera in their kit. Now that’d be something I’d click on for. (via Jamie)
2) Low income residents can now buy bike sharing for $5: Great to see this in Washington DC, that’s $5 for an annual membership to CaBi, the bike sharing program.
3) NBA may be close to allowing wearables: Apparently a wearable company and the NBA were to meet last week, though we haven’t heard the results of that yet. This follows a player being caught wearing one of their devices during a game, which is against league regulations.
4) Spinner shark versus Stand Up Paddle boarder: I’d like to dedicate the next two posts to ‘Reasons I’m not moving to Florida’, which should be considered in conjunction with my previous sting ray incident.
5) Panther on nature trail: I had meant to post this a few weeks ago, and now this seems like an appropriate time. This was just your casual elevated nature trail where you might go for a run on.
6) Is VR a dud? I actually don’t disagree with the general premise of the article. I don’t think the future is people wearing bulky headsets. However, if we can get them down to sunglass-sized, then we’re talking. Alternatively, if in 360° video (which is different than VR), it can be easier to watch said content on a big screen TV – then we’re talking.
7) How does US pro cycling become sustainable? As usual, when Jonathan Vaughters publishes a piece, it’s often well thought through. This is no exception.
8) Logitech buys Jaybird (maker of wearables and audio products): Will be interesting to see what comes of this, most notably on the wrist worn wearables front. No doubt their sport headphones have done well, but their activity trackers not so much.
9) Paddle-biking the Amazon River: In case the whole Florida thing didn’t scare you away, I suggest applying a portion of Amazon River to it.
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?
Garmin Edge updates: Just a big pile of firmware updates for Garmin Edge devices, adding in everything from FE-C and auto-FTP support to the Edge 1000, to Edge 520 updates (ANT+ shifting, WKO4 metrics, and more), and even Varia light support for the Edge 510 & Edge 810. Seriously a huge update.
Garmin Varia Vision firmware update: A bunch of fixes and new functionality.
Garmin FR230/235/630 Firmware Update: Large pile of bug fixes, and what appears to be tweaks to the recording rate for 24×7 HR mode in the FR235. Also of note is that in the FR630, WiFi transfers are now encrypted.
Adidas Smart Run GPS Firmware Update: Removes the now-defunct MixRadio functionality.
Polar A360 Firmware Update: Adds in speed/distance while running and walking.
Polar announces GoPro compatibility plays: Hang tight on this one, I’ve got some more detailed stuff around this coming tomorrow.
Thanks for reading all!