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!
DCR Posts in the Past Week:
I attempted to be on vacation this past week with the family. That attempt mostly worked, save all the videos I shot while there that I’ll need to finish editing. Still, one post did slip out:
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) Interview on Sports Tech and Drone Reviewing: I’ve given a lot of interviews over the years, but this might be one of my favorites! I think mainly because it’s so different than every other one I’ve done. Much of the discussion here centers around drones and sports-following applications. But as you can see, from the chapters down below, there’s a ton of other topics we cover. Good times for sure!
Here’s all the chapters for the above video/interview:
0:00 Introduction 00:59 What made you start your blog and start reviewing sports equipment? 06:01 What are the differences in audience between your sports content and your drone content? 11:59 Where do you see tracking technology going in the future? 16:07 How do you go about your review process for drones? 8:42 How do you stay on top of the regulations in all the places you fly? 22:45 Do you buy all of the products that you review? 25:23 What made you decide to move to Amsterdam? 28:24 Do you film everything by yourself? 32:31 Have you ever come across a product so bad you don’t review it? 36:21 What do you think happened with the Mavic 3 Release? 38:10 Do you think DJI has become greedy in recent years? 45:04 How to you remember all the specs for all the different products that you review? 47:19 Can you tell us about your wind testing videos? 51:07 Are you hoping for a Phantom 5? 56:03 How do you feel about Remote ID in the US? 01:05:07 What is your favorite drone?
2) Surfboard smart fin gathers oceanic data: This seems pretty cool. It’s part surfer’s GPS (‘What did I do?’), and part environmental data gathering for researchers. Of course, these sorts of things do tend to need critical mass adoption to start becoming useful to researchers, but…gotta start somewhere.
4) How they got those diving shots: This is not at all what I expected. I assumed a drone was involved, but, apparently not (getting drone permits in Paris is incredibly difficult, though, not impossible for an operation like this).
6) Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Might Have Fast Charging: In some ways, I think we’ll see many companies stepping up on the fast charging front over the next 12 or so months. We saw Apple make solid steps last year with the Apple Watch Series 7. We saw Garmin tackle it more recently in some of the Venu 2 series last year, as well as other smaller brands. Across the market, it’s still not where it needs to be, but it’s getting there.
7) A look at how DJI eeked out the Mini 3 Pro into 250g: This is notable mainly for the details DJI has given on this drone with respect to engineering decisions. Previously, they rarely outlined this kind of detail in any public way. In some ways, this is sorta like what we see with Peloton above – whereby once you start getting to market dominance positions you see companies pushing the boundaries of things (software or hardware), beyond just basic engineering. Which isn’t to say other companies don’t do it too, but when I look across different market categories, there’s often a point where you go “Yup, they’ve transitioned from just barely staying ahead of the competition, to just simply flaunting it.”
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 2021 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 Gear Guide too.