Greg as seen riding with Rapha
As we’re finalizing the details of what we’re doing at SXSW 14, including a bike shop in the Create space, a Bike Meets Tech for Adventure talk, and of course our annual Mobile Social on the afternoon of March 8th, Lemond’s talk is announced. At 9:30 am on the same day as our ride, in Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center, Greg is going to talk about The Power of Cycling and the “physiology of cycling, its beauty and the suffering that goes hand-in-hand with the sport.”
Can’t promise a ride with Greg yet, but yep we’re working on it.
There is a battle being waged for the hearts and arms of Americans that want to be more fit. At the most recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, dozens of companies showed off their wearable fitness-based products. A market that just a few years ago was nearly nonexistent is not the hottest in the tech sector.
This last weekend I was browsing at a local Nike store and watched as two tweens were putting on their new Nike+ FuelBands for the first time, so ubiquitous is the technology that it doesn’t seem odd for an eleven year old to track their daily step count.
For nearly six months I’ve been working with various fitness trackers from the Jawbone to the FuelBand and while I’m sold on the usefulness of the devices (for most people) each one has had a design limitation that has detracted from their usefulness.
For the last month I’ve been working with the new FitBit Force, the watch-styled fitness tracker from FitBit which offers a wrist-based look at daily activity.
Spent an hour on the CES floor last week and put 3D glasses OVER Google Glass for some hot glass on glass action. Here’s the edit showing 808s, AR for Her, Betabrand clothes, automation, mesmerizing washing machine, and more.
Photo: Stills by Pei Ketron
The Amazing Clip-n-Seal video from a decade ago
I arrived back in the office with lots of work and my face on Amazon again, but what I really want to do is Pump Hop, like this! Learning and practicing that technique of “unweighting the bike up a set of stairs” will have to wait as we’re in the pole position again on the world largest online retailer, like a call up at Natz, and got to hold the line…
So why does this keep happening and how can you take advantage of it? The Interwebs love the success of a small business that’s worked hard and made a great product. Here are more success stories and a similar thing happened to our editor David when he launched a small coffee shop. Kickstarter ran it on their home page for a month because like Amazon, other Internet-only companies portray success stories of small businesses that rely on them, to help them connect with their customers.
My good friend Kevin Tamura coined a term for Clip-n-Seals on Amazon: being AMZ-balled. That’s when their spotlight hits you (sometimes repeatedly) and it bumps what you’re doing up to the next level. Since the feature started running, we’ve booked the factory for months and it’s running 24/7 to keep up with demand. Yep, our ticket got punched.
For some background, Clip-n-Seals are made by the same company that publishes Bike Hugger and are the original, rod-and-clamp style bag clip that’s designed in Seattle and been manufactured in Yakima, WA for over a decade.
Now this post is out, time to try a few Pump Hop attempts!