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:
YouTube Videos I Made This Week:
Here’s what hit the tubes over on the You of Tube, definitely don’t forget to subscribe there to get notified of videos the second they hit!
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.
2) Shimano applies for patent on wireless shifters: All I’ve gotta say is: About time.
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.
6) Apple Watch heart rate data used in murder trial: As usual, when you murder someone, you should treat it like taking off in an airplane – stow away all electronic devices. Tray tables optional.
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.
9) Cycling Tips Switzerland Series: I continue to love this series, mostly because it gives me riding ideas for this summer on my Eurobike road trip. Last summer, I hit up an epic mountain ride in Switzerland…and this summer I’ve got a few on the docket as part of my RV road trip. I’d point out that this is one of the very rare cases of sponsored posts/series done correctly.
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.
Apple WatchOS Firmware Update: You’ve now got a new nightstand mode, as well as a few other minor tweaks.
Garmin VIRB 360 Action Cam Firmware update: New HDR mode, new night photo timelapse mode, few random bug fixes.
Garmin Vivofit Jr. Firmware Update: Minor tweaks.
Garmin Vivoactive 3/Vivoactive HR/ Firmware Update: Minor bug fixes (the same for both)
Garmin Vivosmart 3: Various algorithm improvements.
Garmin Vivosport: Mostly bug fixes.
Garmin Vivomove HR: Mostly bug fixes, though one tiny feature change.
Hammerhead Karoo: New power fields, pile of bugs fixed.
TomTom Touch Cardio Band: Bug fix for Android pairings.
Wahoo ELEMNT/BOLT Firmware Update: Just bug fixes, mostly data field ones.
With that – thanks for reading!