Posts in the category Gadgets

The Hoverboard Gets Real!

We’re not even trying to make up some reason why this is related to bikes, but it’s just too damn cool not to post. Yes, it’s a real, live, working hover board, and it’s already blown past its funding goal on Kickstarter by about 50%, and it’s just getting started.

Check the video, then float past the break for a bit of the science…

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Jabra’s New Earbuds Can Hear Your Heart Through Your Ears

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds

The Sport Pulse Wireless ear buds from Jabra are wireless, have premium sound and other features similar to other high-end ear buds. But these can actually measure your heart rate through the ear buds, and transmit that information back to your phone, for use in their tracking app.

Measuring heart rate has been traditionally done through a chest strap, but new wireless technologies are starting to change that, and very fast. Also in ear phones, SMS Audio can do the same thing, and Lifebeam can measure from your helmet. Jabra promises more than just measuring the heart and playing music…

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Kinetic Announces New Consumer Website with 30 Days of inRide Contest

Kinetic inride appKnown for their bright green trainers, Kinetic is beefing up the digital side of their business with an all new consumer website and redeveloped inRide App. Designed to help consumers get the most from their trainers or find the right model to fit their needs, the new page makes it easier to find product info, technical documents, training advice, videos and more.

Also on the electronic side, the company has revamped their inRide power-meter application designed to work with any of their trainers. The system includes bluetooth sensors for speed and cadence as well as heart rate which communicate through the improved app for iOS devices.

As a way to get the word out about their new website and reworked inRide app, Kinetic is running the 30 Days of inRide contest where they will give away an inRide bundle every day for 30 days. Follow the instruction here and correctly answer the questions for your chance to win.

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IB14: Stages Adds XTR M9000 & FSA Road Power Meter Cranks, Major Support Updates Coming to App

Stages Power Meter crankarm for XTR M9000 mountain bike group

Stages Cycling continues to add more options for their single-sided power meter attachment, the latest being models for current FSA road cranksets and the all-new Shimano M9000 XTR group. The latter will be available in January and retail for $899. Since it’s on the non-drive side, it can go on any of the 1x, 2x or 3x setups.

For road, a lot of bikes come spec’d with FSA cranksets, and now you can match them up with either MegaExo (24mm) or BB30 crank arms. Stages offers their power meter mounted to the FSA Energy Alloy non-drive crankarm and the BB30 model will fit any modern BB30 FSA spindle. The MegaExo one will fit current MegaExo carbon cranksets, but only 2014-and-newer alloy models. Their website has full details on the product page. Retail on these is $699.

Their app is also being updated to add a lot more support options and FAQ’s to help get your system set up properly with whatever cycling computer you’re running. More on that, plus a history of their prototypes, below…

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IB14: RPM2 Power Meter Shoe Insole Inserts Measure Force Everywhere

RPM2 cycling power meter shoe insole insert

While PowerTap may have experimented with insole-based power meters, RPM2 put their foot down and stepped into production.

They make versionsĀ for both cycling and running as well as a combo unit for triathlon/multisport use, and the cycling features make it fairly unique among power meter options. Garmin’s recent software update for its Vector pedals added a simple foot pressure balance measurement, showing if you were putting more pressure on the inside or outside edges of the pedal. Presumably, this data let you know if you’re feet could be better centered over the pedal for more efficient power transfer.

RPM2 takes this a step further (or closer?) by measuring both left/right and fore/after pressure, letting you see exactly where your feet are pressing the hardest against your shoe’s sole. This provides more specific and exact data that can be used to correct cleat placement, fit and alignment.

Of course, it also provides standard total power output for each leg, along with cadence and where in your pedal stroke your power is being applied…

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Livestream App Now Streams Live Footage Straight from your GoPro

Livestream app streams footage from GoPro Hero4 live on the internet

The new Livestream iOS app lets you stream video from GoPro HERO cameras live via your iPhone’s 4G cellular data connection, sending the action straight to your friends via a shared link. They’ve also updated the app to let you lock the screen during use, so you can set it streaming then tuck your phone safely inside your pack or pocket.

You’ll need one of the GoPro HERO3 or HERO4 with built in WiFi (or, presumably, the WiFi bacpac for the older models) to connect your phone to the camera’s network, then select the GoPro from the Livestream App’s menu to let it see what your camera’s seeing. Once there, just tell it to go live and anyone with the link you’ve shared can watch your action in real time.

The app will even allow two-way chatting while broadcasting, the ability to post snapshots to the feed and live video filters. As long as you’ve got 4G or LTE signal strength, you should be good to go. Check video of it in action below…
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Veloloop Tricks Traffic Lights Into Turning Green for your Bicycle!

veloloop traffic light sensor trigger for bicycles

We’ve all been there…standing astride our bike over the rectangular grooves cut into the asphalt in front of the stop line, hoping beyond hope that we’ll trigger the traffic light to turn green. Sadly, it ain’t gonna happen. Your bike simply doesn’t have the magnetic signature of a two-ton car.

Until now, that is. The Veloloop is a low power transmitter that detects the inductive loop sensors in the ground and transmits a signal similar to what would bounce off a vehicle. That tells the sensor that someone’s waiting for the light, triggering it to change green.

It runs on two AA batteries and should last for more than a year since it only kicks on when it detects the transmitters and when you’ve stopped rolling. There’s even a light to let you know when you’re on top of the sensors…

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Kickstarter Roundup: Hauler Convertible Messenger Bag/Seat Bag & Quick-Kaps Wheel Locks

There are plenty of ways to get your stuff from point A to B on a bike. You could stuff it in a backpack or messenger bag, but that puts the weight up high and possibly gives you a sweaty back. You could get racks and panniers, but those add weight to your bike and aren’t as easy to carry once you get to your destination.

Developed by two MSU Denver students and avid riders, the Hauler will be made in the U.S. by Green Guru of upcycled materials like spent inner tubes and scrap cordura. It has a sturdy frame inside that holds the bottom flat while velcro straps attached to your seatpost and saddle rails. They’re lined with inner tubes to keep them from slipping around. The roll top closure eliminates Velcro or zippers, and removable shoulder straps keep it tidy while on the bike. Packages for the Hauler start at $100 during the crowd funding stage, and smaller donations get you smaller handlebar and seat bags from Green Guru.

You’ll have the option of the colorful one shown here made from fabric remnants or an all-black version with a few inner tube panels, as well as other goodies to thank you for your support. This one’s well on its way to being funded, check it out here.

If you need something to keep your wheels from leaving your bike while locked up, click through for another novel invention…

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Hands On with the New Sony Action Cam Mini – It’s all in the Wrist

Sony Action Cam Mini camera  (12)

Let’s be real for a moment. You can have the most feature packed action camera around, but if it isn’t easy to use you’ll end up with a bunch of boring footage that’s probably either of the ground or the sky. The introduction of the smart phone app and wireless capabilities was a huge step forward in terms of being able to properly capture the actual action, but they still leave things to be desired – connecting can be troublesome, and you still have to do something with your smartphone once you start riding. To keep you from having to constantly dig into your bag to fish out your phone, many cameras are paired with wrist or handlebar mounted remotes that allows you to control the recording.

Even so, wouldn’t it be more convenient if the same functions were available in a single wrist mounted remote?

That seems to be what Sony is thinking and is exactly what they offer with the new Action Cam Mini AZ1. In addition to the live view remote, the camera is 30% smaller than the original AS20 and the replacement AS100V. The smaller size means you can stick it just about anywhere to create some creative videos while simultaneously controlling it from your wrist. Sony brought us out to Northern New Jersey for a crash course in the new camera which included mountain bikes, mountain coasters, and even archery.

After just a day playing with the Action Cam Mini, we can’t help but think GoPro has some serious competition…

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