Activity monitors are common. Running and cycling ones especially. There are a tons of these out there, which can keep track of tons of useful data: heart rate, step’s length, kl, etc. Although i’m a cycling fan’ these devices usually don’t appeal to me much. All I want to know is my average speed, top speed, how long it took, and compare it with other local bikers with strava.
However it happens I am an olympic-level snowboarder, and what differs in action sports compared to run/bike, is that there are many differents movements, forces, speed to keep track of. TRACE aims to be THE solution for all the frustrated skateboards/Surfers/Snowboarders that can’t have this kind of data, expect with outrageously expensive hardware
i’m not a fan of surfing and skating, so that’s why I’m mainly focusing on snowboard, but know that the creator of the TRACE have thought of all three sport equaly: all have their own app in the app store: RE surf, RE skate, RE snow. Here are some screenshot or the beta versions of theses apps, which seem to be at an advanced stage:
TRACE works with bluetooth 4.0 and WiFI, but doesn’t need to be connected to your smartphone to work (which would be hard while surfing for example. It is still possible to get TRACE for 129$, although it maddens me a bit that the early bird version was 30$ cheaper and will ship 3 weeks early.
I know, you can actually do the same with your iPhone. Absolutely But the BRCK isn’t for everyday routine use. If you use your iPhone as hotspot, it usually only works in your country, or you’ll end up paying 200 000$. Really. The other solution, if your stuff needs wifi more than often, is BRCK.
It does look a bit rough (they call it ruggedness) but hey, you know, that’s the spirit ! adventure ! rough durable stuff ! does Rambo wear louis Vuitton to kill viets ?
For the technical stuff, it can connects to devices via Wifi of course, but also ethernet, if you choose to take your 30 year old computer on a safari in Middle Africa. If you’re like everybody on this planet, you don’t.
One of the interesting feature of the BRCK is that it comes with a BRCK cloud. That means it has 16gb of super rough durable storage, that you can access while using the Wifi network created by BRCK. the open API also means you can connect to services like dropbox or else. But this is pretty useless. If you have Wifi and a computer/smartphone, you can access dropbox by these simple devices. Anyway that’s possible.
On top of these supper features, the creators of the project offer you premium software crowdmap, which they developed.
Still not convince it could be of some use one day ? If you treavel, you’ll understand the huge potential of such a device. It costs quite a arm or two though, but check for yourself.
have you ever heard of 802.11ac wifi ? The name is really similar to 802.11n, but the specs are just better in the two known ways:
- real Gigabit capacities
- Wider area covered
This fancy router is one of the first to be compatible. But what’s more, it has a touchscreen interface which can manage every task which before required a PC.
you may have noticed; the Almond+ is wall mountable and really looks better than any other routers. you may wonder what the little+ stands for, on comparison to the previous model. Well this new type of Wifi enable more connected home possibilities. With the Almond app, you can switch off lights, decrease temperature and other cool stuff like that.
What’s not to like ? and for 99$, it’s a real bargain 🙂