Posts in the category Gadgets

Zwift opens up cycling’s massive multiplayer online training game to everyone!


Remember the days when kids would line up outside Best Buy for the latest console or Halo edition? Well, if you’ve been pulling the digital equivalent and waiting for your invite to Zwift’s beta, you’ve just made it in the door.

As of today, Zwift has opened the beta to all, letting you sign up and ride in their ever expanding virtual world. Yep, since their limited launch in September 2014, they’ve been continually improving both the virtual island you’ll soon be riding on and the overall functionality and accessibility of it. In February, they added a Mac compatibility, and in March they added a mobile companion app to show your stats on your iPhone and keeping your big screen showing the lush pixel perfect scenery. Heck, they even setup competitions to help you earn a spot on a real, live pro team IRL.

Time to fire up that computer…


The Add-E Electric Motor Kit is Generating Watts of Interest on Indiegogo

Add-E electric motor kit, title shot

Like them or not, E-bikes are rapidly growing in popularity. Nearly every big manufacturer has at least one for sale, but at the same time other players are producing retrofit motor kits that offer the same power assist advantage, and possibly a few others. The Add-E motor was invented by Fabian Gutbrod, from Villach, Austria. Gutbrod decided to produce an electric motor kit so customers could keep riding their old favorite bike, plus save space and money versus buying another complete bicycle.

The Add-E is a bolt-on electric motor kit that drives a friction roller to assist the rear wheel. The whole kit weighs just 4.4lbs, creates zero friction when not assisting and the motor and battery can be switched between multiple bikes with extra mounts installed. Their Indiegogo campaign is in full swing, with their goal of €100,000 already well exceeded.

Check out more details after the break…

Strava Local Creates Crowdsourced Smart City Guides for Athletes

Strava Local included cities
We all have a few favorite routes to ride in our local trail network or neighborhood, but now Strava is taking the collective knowledge of their entire user community to share everyone’s favorites with the world. Their new Strava Local app creates smart city guides for athletes, designed by athletes.

Strava Local examines over 38 million uploaded rides or runs and determines the most popular routes and destinations to provide suggestions for great loops and cool shops or landmarks to check out along the way. Each area’s guide is further curated by local experts to ensure the best experiences and attractions appear on the list. Guide yourself down past the break for more info…

Panasonic Introduces Lightweight, Wearable & Highly Accesorizable A1 POV Cam for All Adventures, Day or Night


Seems everyone is throwing their hats into the action sports camera ring these days. Panasonic is the latest,  hitting play with a 3.54 megapixel lightweight, ultra-compact wearable 1080 pixel HD option (available in two colors, for the more fashionable among us) with a lot of bang for the buck. It’s shockproof, waterproof, freeze-proof, and dustproof and comes with a variety of fun mounting options and accessories to tailor the product for a given mode of adventure.

What really differentiates the Panasonic, however, is its coolest feature: The ability to film in total darkness through an IR filter and light source (source available separately). More features on the A1 and a video after the jump. READ MORE ->

SOC15: Remorp Remote Adds More Control for your ORP Smart Horn, Delicious PureFit Bars Make a Comeback

Torcano industries red monkey silicone grips ORP smart horn remote purefit bars (6)

What’s better than an ORP Smart Horn? A Remorp to remotely control your ORP, of course. Blending the functionality of a commuter light plus a nice horn and an angry horn, the ORP is a fun little handlebar mounted gadget that could make your commute a little bit safer. Safer still, is not having to remove your hands from the bars to use it…


TomTom Shakes Things Up With Their New Bandit POV Camera

Tom Tom Bandit POV Camera, full

Following in the footsteps of fellow GPS brand Garmin, TomTom has officially jumped into the POV camera game with their new Bandit action camera. In short, it does everything you’d expect from a modern POV camera along with a few pretty unique features.

The Bandit camera has the ability to overlay data, automatically tag GPS-detected highlights as you film, and offers a cool ‘shake to edit’ function that makes on the spot video production quick and easy. Check out the official promo video and more details after the break…

Watteam Powerbeat powermeters get more aero and a cleaner install, still just $499

watteam powerbeat powermeter add on for any crankset

Well, technically they’re $499 when they start shipping this summer, a timeframe we’ve been assured they’re on track to hit. In the meantime, they keep tweaking it and making it better.

Recently, they switched from AAA batteries to a fully enclosed rechargeable battery that made the unit more waterproof. Now, they’ve made the transmitter unit smaller and sleeker, and they’ve switched the the strain gauge mounting position to the bottom of the cranks, which reduces the length of cable needed to attach them to the transmitter.

Check the video below to see how it originally looked check our original post to learn a little more about the system…


Vizzywig 8xHD App lets you control & edit GoPro 4K video with the Apple Watch

Vizzywig 8xHD app, video filming screen
With video technology continuously getting better and more accessible, half the fun of sports like cycling these days is capturing the action on film and sharing it with the world. What used to require a team of videographers and a lot of pricey equipment can now be done single-handedly with Vizzywig Studios’ 8xHD app, an iPhone and an Apple Watch.

Not only does the Vizzywig 8xHD Video Editor and 4K Film Production Studio app allow you to control GoPro cameras and other ios/android devices through the Apple Watch, the app also converts video images into 8.67x the resolution of the iphone 6’s HD camera and shoots every frame as an RGB photo so you can pull full-quality still shots from your video.

This App is designed to be “easy enough for a beginner, but powerful enough for a professional” and certainly opens up some interesting new possibilities and conveniences for social media saavy riders…


SOC15: Kinomap unveils “Inside The Peloton” 7-hour action sports camera

Kinomap ITP inside the peloton extended recording time action sports camera

Kinomap is known for their user-generated, real world riding videos and integrating those into your home trainer, letting you ride virtually through thousands of different locations around the world by replaying those videos on your iOS device. The level of integration takes on various forms depending on your equipment, but they’ve done a tremendous job of making it accessible to virtually anyone. And lots of people have jumped on it, recording almost 60 million kilometers of footage.

One of the limitations, though, has been the short recording time offered by today’s popular action sports cams like Sony, GoPro, Garmin, etc. The solution? Make the camera last longer. Kimono’s Phillipe Moity explains:

We thought for a long time about having a bike cam able to record long rides. Our new camera is able to record up to 7 hours in one go when all competitors die after 2 hours of HD recording. First recordings have been officially made by next week at the Sea Otter Classic. We made several tests already, including at the last Haute Route race, also during the Roc D’Azur Mountain bike race in France (4h20min recording in one go) then one UCI world tour team made some trials as well during a training session in Calpe Spain (5h36min and 162 km distance).

Here’s how it works…