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Syrmo: A Skateboarding Activity Tracker

by The Editors on May 11, 2016

Skaters who also run or ride bikes know of the addictive nature of an app called Strava. Well, now skateboarders can track their own action on a similar app called Syrmo.

With the addition of some tech that mounts underneath your truck (including an accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer) Syrmo will record the motion of your skateboard and save it on a smartphone app for logging, sharing, comparing and review.

So far, we haven’t seen any action trackers that work well enough to be useful, but maybe this is the one. We look forward to trying it.

[Link: Syrmo]

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Medina’s Really Big Samsung Galaxy Tablet

by The Editors on May 10, 2016

Gabriel Medina never has to be alone in the shallows again thanks to a new smart surfboard from Samsung. Checking email from the lineup has never looked so smooth.

[Link via Surfer Mag]

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GoPro Having A Rough Go

by The Editors on May 9, 2016

gopro_logoNot really sure how things could be worse for GoPro. They’ve announced terrible first quarter results and delayed launching their next big product, the Karma drone, according to a story on The Verge.

[GoPro] saw its revenue drop by 49.5 percent from the same period in 2015, and it swung from a $22 million profit to a $121 million loss. The company also announced that its new drone, the Karma, will be delayed until the winter holiday. It was originally slated to be released in the first half of this year.

Yes, a $121 million loss for the quarter. We’ve never really understood the mass appeal of drones, or of GoPro cameras for that matter, so we guess we don’t find much of this recent news all that surprising. Click here for the official GoPro financials, or here for some of Jeff Harbaugh’s thoughts.

[Link: The Verge]

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Nixon Finally Gets Smart With Android

by The Editors on March 16, 2016

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Today (March 16, 2016), Nixon is at Switzerland’s world famous watch and jewelry expo Baselworld to rollout The Mission, their first ever smartwatch powered by Google’s Android Wear and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-a-chip. In otherwords, a real-deal Android smartwatch designed specifically with action sports in mind.

The Mission features a suite of custom applications tailored to action sports, as well as industry-leading durability and a category-first 10-ATM (100 meter) water-resistance rating. In addition to the full capabilities of the Android WearTM platform and apps, the smartwatch introduces Nixon’s custom Mission app powered by Surfline and Snocountry. The Mission app places live conditions information at a glance of the wrist and features a custom activity-tracking application developed in partnership with Trace, the leader in action sports activity tracking.

And with built-in GPS, this watch could be a prime  replacement for the Garmin fenix 3 that is currently occupying our wrist. But we won’t be sure about that until we get one to test out for a couple weeks. For the official word from Nixon, please follow the jump.

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Joey Brezinski’s iPhone olloclip Workflow

by The Editors on March 8, 2016

Skateboarder Joey Brezinski has been creating and editing his own video parts for years. Lately, he (like most of us) has been using his iPhone for most of his video work and with that comes the need for other lenses. olloclip has them and Joey uses them. Probably long before he was paid to do it. Check it.

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Garmin Upgrades Snowboarding Smart Watch

by The Editors on February 19, 2016

One of our favorite action sporting GPS smart watches, the Garmin Vivoactive, is getting a nice upgrade this spring with the addition heart-rate monitoring, a completely redesigned case, and built-in snowboard activity tracking. The new watch is called the Garmin Vivoactive HR.

The snowboarding app measures 3-D speed by calculating the speed and distance on an incline versus latitude and longitude. It also provides splits automatically and features Auto Pause, which freezes the timer automatically when users stop or ride the lift.

We like it for the snowboarding app, but not only that, the Vivoactive HR does smart notifications better than most. It allows you to get texts and emails (and even answer your phone) on your wrist without having to dig for your phone and it will run for up to eight days on a single charge. For the official word from Garmin, please follow the jump.

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GoPole Goes Beyond GoPro Cameras

by The Editors on February 9, 2016

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GoPole, our favorite action accessories company, has announced that they’re now offering attachments for smartphones as well as other action cameras.

GoPole is no longer just for your GoPro camera! The Universal adapter (MSRP $12.99) will connect any camera featuring a 1/4 inch-20 tripod connection to any existing GoPole mount. Compatible cameras include Sony Action Cam, Garmin VIRB, Polaroid Cube and more. . . Consumers can also effortlessly capture selfies with their mobile device as well, thanks to the Mobile Clip (MSRP $14.99). This adjustable clip allows users to attach small or large mobile phones, such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S6, to any standard GoPro mount.

All of their stuff works fine with our Garmin  Virb XE already, but this is good news for everyone with a image capturing device. For a complete overview of their new mounts, solar chargers, and more, please follow the jump.

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Channel Islands Builds In GPS Tracking

by The Editors on November 17, 2015

Trace CI photoTrace, makers of a small GPS and accelerometer data recorder, has teamed up with Channel Islands Surfboards to test various attributes of their surfboard designs.

Using Trace, Channel Islands will study everything from new materials, surfboard outlines, rockers and a lot more by measuring acceleration, turns, cutbacks, speed, distance traveled, time in water, time paddling.

The Trace tracker uses built in GPS and a 3-axis accelerometer to record performance metrics like distance traveled, speed, and g-forces exerted on a surfboard by a surfer. With its companion smartphone app Trace data can be viewed, analyzed, compared with others, and saved for future reference.

Now, thanks to a deal Channel Islands, the Trace is being build into select surfboards.

“Using Trace with Channel Islands to help futher push board design, and having Traces come embedded in CI boards is a dream come true. There’s no company more dedicated to performance and pushing the envelope in surfing, and it’s a perfect fit for Trace, “ says David Lokshin, Co-Founder and CEO of Trace.

The first CI boards to come with Trace compatibility built in will be the Jordy Smith models. For the official word from Trace, please follow the jump.

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olloclip 4-in-1 Goes Rose Gold

by The Editors on October 29, 2015

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We’ve all heard how one day soon (some would argue it already happened) the iPhone’s camera will outpace the DSLRs and the camera business will come crashing down around Apple’s feet. Well, a good way to be ready for that day is with an olloclip 4-IN-1 lens.

The award-winning 4-IN-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s Plus delivers the most versatile and premium mobile lens experience in a compact, easy-to-use design. It features four advanced optic quick-change lenses (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10x and 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce.

And this one is even better because it’s a “special-edition Rose Gold” model. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Aeon Smooths Out Rough Action Cams

by The Editors on September 29, 2015

We’ve seen a lot of gimbal designs that looked great and then never really materialized. This Aeon unit looks like it could help smooth out even the roughest hand held action cam footage, so we hope they actually produce them for the public. Developers are calling it the. . .

. . . world’s most ergonomic and lightweight filmmaking tool for creating buttery smooth, cinematic GoPro® videos. We’re putting an end to boring videos with a robotic handheld stabilizer that keeps your camera steady so you may run, jump and move about freely and still get a perfectly stable shot every time.

Apparently, Bucky Lasek, Andy Mac, PLG, Elliot Sloan, and Kelvin Hoefler have tested it out. If you’d like to get one early click the link for the Aeon’s Indiegogo campaign.

[Link: Indiegogo]

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