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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.
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.
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) Unreal details on Sochi Olympic Doping – Like a James Bond Movie: Not like a James Bond movie, actually legitimately involved spies – Russian intelligence folks. If you pick just one article to read on doping this year, make it this article. It’s both depressing, but actually kinda impressive. The years of planning and details they went to is…astounding. It makes Lance’s motoman look like a toddler.
2)Power Meter Beta Testing – Team ZWatt: While there are consumer recognizable & visible power meter companies (i.e. Quarq, PowerTap, etc…), there are also a handful that instead work to supply other brands with power meter tech. Think putting a power meter into another brand’s crank arm or solution. That’s what Sensitivus does. I’ve met with them the last two years at Eurobike, and even briefly tried out some of their tech in a casual setting (non-analytic focused). In any case, they’re looking for beta testers to try out products (potentially partner products) and provide data back to them. They see this as a bit more of a long term thing than just a single product.
3) Periscope adds drone streaming: This is most notable because they’re going to allow you to dynamically switch between a drone (DJI Phantom series), and a GoPro (plus a phone camera), thus effectively giving a very determined person the ability to live-stream some sort of (athletic) event very cheaply. Sure you could technically do all of this today with a bit of effort on other platforms, this makes it silly easy. Note: This update went live to the Periscope app yesterday.
4) Microsoft Research Shows off Swim App…Sorta: Apparently the video was uploaded using MSN Online dial-up service (sans v.90), given the quality. But, kinda interesting concept. Though getting from theory to implementation is super-tricky with water devices.
6) LG announced LTE-connected action camera: This would hardly be the first LTE connected action cam for live streaming video to the web. Every year at CES a handful of companies show off models. None seem to catch on. What’s more notable here though is the lack of resolution spec. It carefully uses the term “HD” in the specs, and not 720p/1080p/etc… Hopefully they at least use the common standard term of HD being a minimum 720p. Finally, it’s kinda crazy, but the mount on the unit shown on the off-road vehicle looks identical to the GoPro Hero4 Session ball joint mount and frame. Odd.
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? Oh – and if you want to get a head start on things, this page is a great resource for watching Garmin firmware updates.
Mio Cyclo Firmware Update: This adds in Strava support, as well as a slew of other minor adds and tweaks. Good to see some life back in the product.
Garmin VIRB Edit update: Finally support for speed sensor data (useful for indoor cycling) in videos, plus Cycling Dynamics and other tweaks.
Tip of the week to companies: If you have an RSS feed for updates I can subscribe, like Garmin, Polar, Adidas, Wahoo, and others – it’s nearly 100% how I remember to find these updates. If you lack that, I likely won’t have your updates in the above. Plus, users like it too.
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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.