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Heart of the matter – Bluetooth Low Energy

Heart of the matter – Bluetooth Low Energy

New phone means new things… My Android phone was ridiculously problematic.  The battery life wasn’t reliable and the reception spotty.  I finally conceded and replaced it with a iPhone 4s.  I have a 5s already and use a case on my bike to house it while travelling.  The new phone is a bit shorter than the 5s, so I thought I’d check with the case manufacturer for a 4s case. The manufacturer is Tigra Sports and they offer a variety of…

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Enjoy the silence – rides without the wind noise

Enjoy the silence – rides without the wind noise

That soothing white noise… The sound of wind rushing past while riding has been revered longer than written history might recall.  It’s a kind reminder that I’m moving fast.  When it came to my video recordings, I’m not as fond of it.  The background sound is completely washed out by the wind noise.  It made me think about hearing loss and being distracted from danger.  I ride a lot, so it’s a valid concern. The light bulb above the head……

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Dinotte headlight

Dinotte headlight

It slices in the dark… Here is what I did with my Dinotte head lamp to make it work comfortably with my setup.  First off, the unit that I purchased is the 400L headlight without the battery.  It ran for around $150 and this was my primary reason for being reluctant for screwing it up with a modification. Not long after placing the order, the headlight arrived.  The headlight was built solid and I had to poke around to get…

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Strava – Leading the pack in track data

Strava – Leading the pack in track data

Lately, something about Strava keeps me coming back for more.  This personal tracking app that runs on both iPhone and Android makes it a snap to log rides.  It’s not the simplicity or the details that has my attention, it’s the unseen potential.  The off the shelf app and plans offered by Strava don’t really give the casual onlooker an understanding of this.  It’s hidden in the myriad of API’s offered by third party developers. RaceShape.com has a site with three tools to enhance…

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Mapping Data – Open standards and transparency are key to value

Mapping Data – Open standards and transparency are key to value

I have been using GPS to record my biking for a few years now.  It started when I found Google’s MyTracks app in 2010, in preparation for my first STP ride.  The app was simple to use and I liked the fact that I could export track data.  This prompted me to use another program called TopoFusion.  The limits of the MyTracks app didn’t mater, because TopoFusion offered more features.  TopoFusion gave me a way to compare my rides and…

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Have a nice trip. See you next fall.

Have a nice trip. See you next fall.

Blockheads! I took a bad tumble off my bike this past weekend.  It was late at night and I decided to travel side streets to avoid any traffic.  There was a chock left in the road and I hit it coming out of a turn.  I was flying off the bike by the time I realized what was going on.  I saw a flash in my eyes when my helmet hit the ground.  I stood up slowly and took stock.  Thankfully no…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

The Sensor Bike Helmet I finally got tired of my old bike helmet and decided to put together a new one.  It’s been on my to do list for the past few months.  I stopped by the Fremont Recycle Cycles and asked if they had a Giro Indicator in stock.  The clerk told me they only sell those at the U-District store, but offered to show what they stocked.  I took a look and found a Uvex i-vo. I had…

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Sensor Presentation

Sensor Presentation

GPS Visualizer This site has been known to me for a while.  I originally had found it in my search for ways to convert Google Map routes to a GPX file that would load in TopoFusion.  The site is so feature rich that I skipped past it.  I returned a few more times since then, but hadn’t found any compelling reason to look into it further.  This changed with Hazim Bitar‘s Android App “SensoDuino“.  The tutorial he presented helped put the…

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An Answer To My Past From My Future

An Answer To My Past From My Future

This is an email that I had written to Parallax when I was trying to redirect readings from a WattsUp Meter to a data logger.  I had just started out with basic stamp programing a year before this.  It’s suppose to be humor, but it sure would be helpful if this actually could work, especially come Lotto day! From: Patrick circa 2014 Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:27 PM To: Patrick circa 2010 Subject: RE: BS2pe Data Logger Application Hi…

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Bluetooth – Taking a bite at phone and micro control links

Bluetooth – Taking a bite at phone and micro control links

The most direct route between a smart phone and the micro controller world of sensor appears to be bluetooth.  This wireless technology has been around for some time now.  The hard work has been done and the road has been laid out. Control your Arduino board from your Android device over Bluetooth, here’s a demo.  How easy is that! The adapters are simple and inexpensive.  The smart phones have bluetooth support.  It just makes sense.  I was able to find…

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