IB13: Garmin Edge Updates to Remote Control VIRB Camera, Hands on Vector Power Pedals

2014 Garmin Vector power measurement pedals

Now that Garmin’s Vector Power Pedals are finally here, we got a couple closeup shots of them while discussing the software updates that’ll allow you to remote control their new VIRB action sports camera from your Edge cycling computer.

All the tech details are in this post, but here’s the nutshell: The Vector pedals let you quickly and easily setup power measurement on your bike and move it to any other road/triathlon bike in your fleet. They’re based on the Look Keo platform but use strain gauges inside the spindles and ANT+ transmitters to send left and right power information to a compatible head unit, like their Edge 500/510/800/810.

2014 Garmin Vector power measurement pedals

The only thing visually identifying this as a different sort of pedal is the transmitter pod sitting between it and the crank arm.

2014 Garmin Vector power measurement pedals

Inside the spindle are the electronics. The transmitter sits between it and the outside face of the crank arm. The bulky bit faces inward…

2014 Garmin Vector power measurement pedals

…and the plug on the back inserts into the pedal to carry signals from the strain gauges to the transmitter.

2014 Garmin VIRB action sports camera remote controlled from Edge cycling computers

In two weeks, Garmin will post a free software update for the Edge 510/810, the some Forerunner watches and the eTrex 30 handheld unit that’ll allow them to remote control the new VIRB camera. Using a graphical slider switch, it’ll allow you to start/stop recording. Press the on-screen button near the bottom and it’ll simultaneously snap still photos. The control screen is accessed by simply swiping to the right on the head Edge head unit.

The VIRB comes with video editing software that’ll let you overlay your ride metrics from an Edge computer onto the video. If you don’t have an Edge, there’s the VIRB Elite that captures GPS, G forces and other fun metrics all on its own.

Comments

professorVelo - 09/24/13 - 3:01pm

now, if they’d just make a Speedplay version there would finally be a no-compromise power meter solution

Chris - 09/24/13 - 3:21pm

I’m with you professorVelo.
I’ve been waiting forever for Garmin to finally have the Vector in shops. I’ve always thought it wouldn’t take this long and hoped for a quick increase in pedal-options. Since I have several bikes and several wheelsets which I all use and swap quite often, wheel- or crankmounted powermeters aren’t for me.

C. - 09/24/13 - 3:31pm

Full ack, professorVelo.

JR - 09/24/13 - 4:41pm

Speedplay will be the last to have an available power meter. They won’t sell to anybody, so it will have to be proprietary. I’d expect to see Time Vector pedals before Speedplay.

Robo - 09/24/13 - 6:05pm

As excited as I’ve been for these, I’ve been on board with the idea since…forever, I finally got some in my hands and….man. I can’t believe how cheap, heavy, big, and all around crummy the pedals are. It’s been no secret that they were using Chinese Exostar pedals but I’ve never seen those in person so I just didn’t know. The tech in the spindle may be great but the pedal body is a deal breaker for me. Especially with the new Keo Blades on the way. Power is cool and I’m willing to plunk down the cash but at least give me Keo Classic quality or better.

Peter - 09/24/13 - 8:07pm

I’ll be interested to see if the Garmin-Sharp team winds up with these or continues to run with better pedals than the Exustar bodies on the Vector.

Chris - 09/25/13 - 1:24pm

But didn’t Garmin start the whole idea in cooperation (or at least using) with Speedplay pedals?

Psi Squared - 09/25/13 - 2:41pm

That may have been MetriGear’s intent, but that doesn’t mean Garmin wanted to start with Speedplay. As others have said and as some unfortunate, innovative people have found out, Speedplay is difficult to work with at best.

gophishin - 09/25/13 - 3:10pm

Now if they will only make their current systems work. There are threads and threads of 810/510 users citing issues with the garmin connect app crashing and not uploading rides and not allowing live tracking, making one of the main selling features of the newer model head units void. Garmin doesn’t even bother to respond to these issues on their own forums. As excited I was for the vector pedals in concept, there is no way I will subject myself to be one of their paying (not paid) beta testers anymore. If this update is anything like what they’ve done in the past don’t expect it to work.

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