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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) GoPro is licensing its sensors now: Not to other competing action camera makers, but rather various other entities. Will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially since there are numerous entities in the small image sensor market already.
3) Garmin lists all of their 2018 Pro Cycling Team deals: It’s a pretty interesting lineup – both in terms of the total volume of teams, but also which products specifically they’ll be using. Of course, it’s early in the year, so realistically these products might change a bit as the season goes on.
4) US Soccer players to use GPS trackers on the field: I’m going to guess fans will be disappointed with the level of accuracy here in larger stadiums, given the amount of things blocking signal. But, the use of 6,500 devices is impressive. Plus, they’re grabbing a bunch of other biometric data, including HR. So that has some value too.
5) A story about my police story: As you might remember a week or so ago, I got pulled over riding my bike. Here’s one of the big newspapers in Australia covering it. I chatted with them briefly about it.
7) UCI’s new X-Ray machines: While this is a good first step, I think there’s still far too much opportunity here, especially with the 30-minute window. Bikes should be taken immediately, just as they are inspected immediately. 30 minutes is a lifetime for something nefarious to occur.
8) GoPro announces new $199 Hero Action camera: There’s so many things I don’t understand here – starting with the name. GoPro has gone Apple-like for their base cameras. This is about the 6th camera called the ‘Hero’, without any identifier, or even a year identifier as Apple does. What’s funny is that while this new one takes on the form of the existing one, some might forget that GoPro used to offer cameras cheaper than this – $129USD in fact, with basically the same specs sans-screen. But even the screen was found in the Hero+ LCD edition back a couple years ago. While I think GoPro generally gets the specs balances right here – I’m not sure it’ll change things for them. At this price point they’re fighting a lot of knock-off no-name cameras, and this is much higher than them, with lesser specs (especially the limited 60FPS for 1080p). I think had they been at $129 or even $149, this would sell like hotcakes. Either way, I’ll grab a unit in the next few weeks in the US and give it a whirl.
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 are 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.
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.