Sioeye Iris4G Live Broadcasting Action Cam

Today, Sioeye is releasing an unlocked 4G LTE action camera that connects directly to the internet to stream video instantaneously. Using the Sioeye Social Apps, people can view and interact with broadcasts, as they unfold. To which we say, “Holy dataplans batman!” The video, filmed in Seattle’s I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park, is a vignette demonstrating how Sioeye’s connected device, live streaming service, and interactive mobile apps work together to bring viewers into the action, right as it unfolds. It features POV footage filmed on the Sioeye Iris4G by the dirt jumper who rode the course.

While welcoming competition in the action cam market and live streaming, that’s a lot of overhead to manage in the cloud vs. allowing the camera to connect to AWS or the cloud of your choice, even an API.

The Specs

  • Built-in integration with the Sioeye Cloud™ live streaming service
  • High performance six glass lens camera module with protective coating
  • Configurable 150 degree field of view
  • F2.8 aperture with image circle of 8.0mm for better low light recording and enhanced video and photo quality
  • Integrated 2.0” LCD touchscreen
  • Barometer, GPS, and Altimeter experience sensors
  • 4G LTE/3G/Wi-Fi connectivity (removable SIM)
  • Live streaming data usage is .33 GB per hour
  • Automated network optimization and video quality switching
  • 480p live broadcast with optional simultaneous 1080p HD recording
  • 1GB onboard storage and optional MicroSD card up to 64GB
  • High definition video recording of 4K & 2K at 30fps as well as super slow motion capabilities with 1080p at 30 & 60fps and 720p @120fps and more
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery with up to 2hrs record, 1hr live stream
  • Selectable modes for 18/12/8MP still images, time lapse videos, and slow motion videos
  • iOS and Android smart remote control via the Sioeye apps
  • Rugged protective case (waterproof down to 197’) with specialized button-controlled user interface

MSRP is $499.00 and is available directly. Coinciding with the launch today, March 15, Sioeye is broadcasting live from its Seattle headquarters at 1:00 p.m. PDT. To participate in the live broadcast, download the free Sioeye Social App, and follow “SioeyeMedia.”

Omata Soft Launches

Was shown a preview of Omata’s analog gauge a few months ago and was impressed then. There’s a glimpse of it in this video and a few more glances have been published in their other channels. No further details at this point, but they’ll follow Lezyne in responding to the overly complex and frustrating Garmin UI, and from what I understand at a premium price. They’re crowdfunding it on Kickstarter.

Belgian Accused of Motor Doping Quits Sport

Today from the AP we learn that Femke Van Den Driessche will not defend herself at a disciplinary hearing this week and is quitting the sport. Femke was accused of using a concealed motor in her bike during the Under-23 cyclocross world championships in January in Belgium. As we shared when the news broke, the scandal confirmed motor doping exists and the reaction was swift because you can’t blame cheating with motors in bikes as a personal failure, but instead one from the manufacturing side of the sport. To us, it was another indication of how endemic cheating is in cycling as all other sport; including tennis and Sharapova. The biggest problem is it’s another omertà.

Previous Coverage

Following Femke’s move, let’s hope the UCI shares what they found in her bike.

Mark V talks trends: A Better Crank To Grind Gravel

Seen here, a unique Rotor crank optimized for gravel riding, but what I talk about in this post is how the market as a whole will respond to the need for better crank designs for gravel bikes.

Gravel-grinder, all-road, and adventure bike. Not without a certain controversy, these are all terms associated with a growing segment within the cycling industry. They’re selling a romance of riding long stretches of dirt paths that have yet to lose their frontier flavour….or perhaps its retracing the crumbling and forgotten roads of a previous century. If consumers want to write long, meandering love poems to crushed gravel, the cycling industry will sell them the quill.

In general, these gravel bikes tend to be frames with somewhat relaxed angles and rider position, as well as generous tyre clearance . Cyclocross bikes fit that description to an extent, and indeed the first wave of gravel bikes offered by the big brands were little more than their stock CX bikes with wide-ratio cassettes. Since then, designers have lowered the bottom bracket heights for additional stability and added clearance for tyres bigger than what is allowed by UCI rules for cyclocross. Tyre manufacturers are now fully exploiting those changes by introducing a selection of tyres with low-profile treads, bigger on volume than a cyclocross 700Cx33 but smaller than what could be considered a 29er tyre. The next major development will be in the drivetrain, specifically the crankset and chainrings.

Bottom Bracket Tools

I am ever so excited that the bike industry has devised yet another bottom bracket standard. As I understand it, the new T47 standard solves every problem ever faced by manufacturers, mechanics, and consumers with no nagging drawbacks, unlike all the previous designs that promised the same thing. I am confident about this because of all the positive feedback from people who’ve seen a photograph of one on the internet. Such a long and unbiased track record is….like, gold or some shit.

And I really hope that Shimano gets on the T47 bandwagon, because I just love collecting tools. Shimano managed to create new bottom bracket models on an existing standard that required two new tools for installation, rather than use the nearly universal tool for 24mm spindle & external bearing bottom brackets (that they themselves invented over fifteen years ago).

In the photo above is a part of my growing BB tool collection, for external bearings. From the left is the BSA30 for Rotor external bearing BBs that fit traditional English or Italian shells but a spin a 30mm spindle, the old Shimano external bearing BB-style tool, the new one for Shimano Ultegra and lower-level BBs, and the one for the newest Dura Ace 9000 BB. Not shown is the tool for FSA’s EVO386 standard, which is quite similar to Rotors BSA30, but of course take a different tool. I have a hoard of other tools to fit various square-taper BB, but I’d rather not admit to it. I don’t want people to think I support their decision to adhere to archaic cycling technology.

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