Weekly overview – June 19, 2022


The Week in Review is a collection of both all the good stuff I’ve written on the web over the past week, as well as a small stack of links that I found interesting – generally related to endurance sports. I’ve often wondered what to do with all the coolness people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and facebook, this is a better forum to forward it to you. Usually these different streams don’t overlap, so keep an eye out for all these places for good stuff!

So let’s get started with that!

DCR messages in the past week:

I’ve been trying to be on vacation with the family for the past week. That attempt mostly worked, save all the videos I took there that I have yet to edit. Yet one message slipped:

Wednesday: Adding Strava Video Support: That’s How It Works!

Get ready for an onslaught of stuff this week, mainly focused on in-depth testing of new stuff/concepts.

Last week’s YouTube video:

This is what hit the tubes on the You or Tube, don’t forget to subscribe there to get notified of videos as soon as they come in!

Things I found interesting on the internet:

Here’s a not-so-little bit of all the random stuff I encountered while doing my civic duty to find the end of the internet:

1) Interview about Sports Tech and Drone Review I’ve done many interviews over the years, but this might just be one of my favorites! I think mostly because it’s so different from all the others I’ve done. Much of the discussion here revolves around drones and sports-tracking applications. But as you can see, there are a lot of other topics that we cover in the chapters below. Good times for sure!

Here are all the chapters for the video/interview above:

0:00 Introduction
00:59 Why did you start your blog and start reviewing sports equipment?
06:01 What are the audience differences 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 handle your drone review process?
8:42 How do you stay abreast of regulations in all the places you fly?
10:45 PM Do you buy all the products you review?
25:23 What made you decide to move to Amsterdam?
28:24 Do you film everything yourself?
32:31 Have you ever come across a product that is so bad that you don’t rate it?
36:21 What do you think happened with the Mavic 3 release?
38:10 Do you think DJI has gotten greedy in recent years?
45:04 How do you remember all the specifications of all the different products you review?
47:19 Can you tell us about your wind test videos?
51:07 Are you hoping for a Phantom 5?
56:03 What do you think of Remote ID in the US?
01:05:07 What is your favorite drone?

2) Surfboard smart fin collects oceanic data: This seems pretty cool to me. It’s part surfer’s GPS (“What have I done?”), and part environmental data collection for researchers. Of course, things like this often need critical mass adoption to become useful to researchers, but… has to start somewhere.

3) Red Bull Cliff Diving in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower: This is cool. Would have been cooler if I had been in town (missed it for a few weeks). But still, great background for it.

4) How they got those dive shots: This is not at all what I expected. I assumed a drone was involved, but apparently not (obtaining drone licenses in Paris is incredibly difficult, but not impossible for an operation like this).

5) Peloton’s Machine Learning Engine for training recommendations: This is definitely on the geekier side, but many of you are too. Like, this is totally geek-send with database structures and more. (through PeloBuddy

6) Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 may have fast charging: In some ways, I think in the next 12 months we’re going to see a lot of companies emerging in the fast charging space. We saw Apple take big strides last year with the Apple Watch Series 7. We saw Garmin tackle it more recently last year in a number of Venu 2 series, 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 invented the Mini 3 Pro up to 250g This is especially notable for the details DJI has provided about this drone regarding technical decisions. Previously, they rarely outlined such details in a public way. In some ways this is similar to what we see above at Peloton – where once you start taking market dominance positions, you see companies push the boundaries of things (software or hardware) beyond just basic engineering. That’s not to say other companies aren’t doing it either, but when I look at different market categories, there’s often a point where you go, “Yeah, they’ve gone from barely being ahead of the competition, to just showing it off.”

With this, thanks for reading!

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