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The Garmin VIRB 360 camera.

360 cameras are all the rage right now and promise to be the next big thing in ‘extreme’ sports filming. They give a perspective and depth to content that simply isn’t possible in traditional video. The Garmin Virb 360 is the latest 360 camera offering – but with a fundamental difference to many others. It’s waterproof and doesn’t need external casing. Better than that though, this little gem even includes GPS tracking to map your ride.

Garmin has also added something it calls HyperFrame (similar to GoPro’s Overcapture function) which massively increases the usefulness of this device. HyperFrame allows you to shoot in 360 then selectively edit the perspective you use in post-production. The results are stunning and can lead to some really interesting video. Check the recent footage we took below of the La Plagne Super Tyro.


Alternatively, you can stick to full 360 mode – like this footage of the new Envers chair in La Plagne, between Montalbert and Aime 2000.

 

The stats – and they’re mighty impressive
  • Small and lightweight 360 camera with resolution up to 5.7K/30fps unstitched and 4K/30fps with in-camera stitching and 15 MP high-quality 360 photos
  • 4 built-in microphones capture 360-degree audio
  • 4K spherical stabilisation ensures a smooth video regardless of camera movement
  • Built-in sensors provide G-Metrix data overlays in 360-degree augmented reality
  • Free VIRB Mobile app and VIRB Edit desktop software let you easily edit, stabilise, add data overlays and share your videos
Rugged, Waterproof 360-degree Camera with 5.7K/30fps Resolution and 4K Spherical Stabilisation

VIRB 360 is the first of its kind, capturing a complete sphere of high resolution video and audio – even photos. It eliminates the lengthy editing process with 1-click video stabilisation up to 4K/30fps and allows you to instantly livestream any adventure.

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Defining a New Standard for Full-sphere 360 Video and Audio Capture

If it’s worth remembering, it’s worth a VIRB 360. This rugged, waterproof camera is true to its name, recording the full 360 degrees — horizontally and vertically. And you can forget about timely post-production work, because VIRB 360 will auto-stitch¹ your 4K footage in camera. If you’re looking for higher resolution, you can record video in unstitched 5K resolution and 5.7K super-resolution at 30fps.

You can choose between different recording modes such as time lapse, manual and more. Even capture 360-degree photos, burst shots up to 20fps, time lapse and Travelapse photo capture up to 18 megapixels — stitched in camera. Combined with the 4 built-in microphones for 360-degree audio, you and your viewers will be totally immersed in the 360 experience.

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Snowboard news : Google now does real-time foreign speech translation

Software behemoth, Google, just announced a pair of headphones capable of translating speech into 40 different languages. Yes, seriously. A pair of headphones smart enough to listen to, ‘understand’ and translate spoken words. In the connected world, it seems even headphones have become ‘smart’.

Google’s Pixel Buds have the power to change the world of travel and tourism forever. By tapping into their already-awesome Translate service, Google has produced wearable kit which can be used to understand foreign speech in real-time. Better still, use two systems together and it’s possible to have a conversation between two users, each speaking their own language, while the software translates in-ear and on the fly.

And why is this a big deal to snowboarders? Well, in case you haven’t worked it out, it means next time you’re lost in a foreign land and are struggling to understand directions or get help from a local, you can simply swipe your earbuds and, suddenly, all that gobbledygook they’re ranting will come through as plain old English. They speak their language, you hear English. Genius. As Google put it, “It’s like having a personal translator at your side”.

If you’re of a certain age, you might recall Douglas Adams’ mythical Babel Fish from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Google just took one step closer to making that myth a reality with its Pixel Buds. Awesome stuff.

The wireless earphones also feature touch and swipe commands for other functions including media player and volume controls as well as the ability to read text and email – all without having to touch your phone. To use the Translate capabilities, they need to be paired with one of the new Pixel 2 phone models also announced yesterday by Google. For other handsets, they’ll be no more than just a pair of ordinary wireless ear buds. It’s a clever sales tactic by Google to drive Pixel sales but equally not much of an issue since the Pixel range has been lauded as one of the best new smartphones with a great camera and host of other best-in-class features.

Pixel Buds will be available from November for $159. The Pixel 2 phone launches next week with the Pixel XL 2 also coming around November. Both are available to pre-order now from https://store.google.com/.

 



Snowboard tech : iRide Snowboard App

iRide Snowboard App improves your snowboarding by connecting you with other riders from around the world to share experiences. It is the most comprehensive Snowboard App available.

With iRide you can: Rate and rank footage in the Snowboard Live Feed, Trace your day using the Snowboard Tracker, improve your snowboarding with the Snowboard Progression Lists, challenge other riders to a head-to-head trick comp in Snowboard Battle Mode, earn global glory in the Weekly Trick Challenge, get the latest weather reports and piste maps in the Resorts section, climb the Snowboard Trick and Freeride Leaderboards, learn new grabs with the Snowboard Grab Guide, make sure you don’t forget stuff with the Snowboard Travel Checklist and – most importantly – share your videos with other snowboarders to get feedback on your riding.

Build your profile and become part of a dedicated snowboard community. No other snowboard app has all these features. 

Install iRide Snowboard App 

www.iRide-App.com 
iOS: http://apple.co/1mYBcba
Android: http://bit.ly/1mNDmu0
Press info and contacts at 
http://iride-app.com/pages/press/
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iRide Snowboard App key features

Live Feed

The iRide live feed features updated snowboarding footage, with the option to rate and like tricks. Upload your photos and videos to the feed and tag them by trick name and resort. The Trick Dictionary has a comprehensive list of Snowboard Trick Names so you can tag any combination. Optionally mark the trick as a fail and/or share to Facebook/Google+. Other snowboarders then send you kudos by rating your riding.

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Snowboard Tracker

Trace your ride using the iRide Snowboard Tracker. The tracker maps your average speed, maximum speed, distance covered, total descent, maximum altitude and total time riding. Earn points and awards for your freeriding and compare your stats with the community – amongst friends, by resort, by country or globally.

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Resort Weather and Piste Maps

Get updated weather forecasts from your favourite Snowboard Resorts, check their website and social posts or get in touch with them by phone or email – direct from the app. Download resort piste maps from over 1,000 snowboard areas.

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Rider Profile

The Snowboarder Profile is your ID and home to all your snowboard videos and pictures. Add your local resort, your stance (regular or goofy), number of years riding, the gear you ride and your favourite resorts. Also lists awards, friends and your rating.

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Snowboard Progression

Improve your snowboarding with the Snowboard Progression Lists, a sequence of structured snowboard tricks which increase in difficulty, pushing your riding. There are five levels featuring tricks in board control, airs, grabs, rotations and rails and boxes. Complete each list to move to the next level while improving your snowboarding.

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Snowboard Trick Challenge

Take part in the weekly Trick Challenge, a global comp featuring a randomly-selected snowboard trick from your skill level. Compete against other snowboarders around the world to get the highest ranked trick. Other riders rate the winner.

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Grab Guide

Learn how to do the most popular single-hand and double-hand snowboard grabs. iRide features grab guides showing where and how to grab your board with separate diagrams for regular and goofy riders (left foot forward, right foot forward respectively).

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Snowboard Fail Tricks

Watch and rate the best snowboarding fails in the Fail Tricks section.

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Snowboard Battles

Challenge friends and other snowboarders to compete in a fun head-to-head battle on a trick you select. You can choose tricks from the Snowboard Progression Lists or make up your own from the Snowboard dictionary. You post your video, they post theirs – other riders rate the winner.

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Leaderboards

Optionally see how your tricks and freeriding stack up against other snowboarders – globally, nationally, by local resort or amongst friends.

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Travel Checklist

Personalised travel checklists. Start with our base of recommended snowboard items then add your own. When you’re packing, tick each off to make sure you didn’t forget anything.

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Dictionary

Comprehensive dictionary of common snowboard terminology.

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Friends

Find your snowboarding friends already on iRide or invite other riders from Facebook/Google+.

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Install iRide Snowboard App 

www.iRide-App.com 
iOS: http://apple.co/1mYBcba
Android: http://bit.ly/1mNDmu0
Press info and contacts at 
http://iride-app.com/pages/press/
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Snowboard tech : GoPro return with a slew of new cameras

For the last decade, GoPro has been the undisputed king of action-cams and number 1 choice for most riders. The company’s no-nonsense approach to sturdy, waterproof cameras held it way ahead of a trailing bunch, guaranteeing its title at the top.

Still, time waits for no man and recently there’s been an onslaught of would-be contenders entering the fray with a host of new features like in-built GPS tracking, advanced software editors, onboard gimbal-like stabilisers and – most recently – full 360 cameras. A bit like Apple’s iPhone, the mighty GoPro has been feeling the pressure of late with dropping sales and a host of frenzied, young whippersnappers biting at its tail.

GoPro has replied with an overhauled range for the 2018 season which considerably steps things up a gear. There’s a lot riding on these new cams so the question is, do they deliver? Early indications would suggest an emphatic, “Yes”, with a fully redesigned range featuring eye-popping product specs. From the revised Hero Black 6 to the new Fusion 360 cam and updated Karma, GoPro has moved into a whole new area of cinematic greatness.

We plan to get our hands on this kit when the season starts but, for now at least, here are some of the promo videos. Above is the new GoPro Hero 6 which comes bundled with Quikstories (an innovative new editing app which pairs camera to smartphone for seamless, on-the-fly editing) and offers 4k@60fps or 1080p@240fps. Below are the new Fusion 360 VR cam and updated Karma grip/drone package.

All in all, things are looking pretty sweet again on planet GoPro.

 

GoPro Fusion – VR 360 cam. OverCapture. Gimbal-like stabilization, waterproof to 5m.

Full specs : https://shop.gopro.com/cameras/fusion/CHDHZ-101.html

 

GoPro Karma – air, handheld or body mounted. Now featuring Follow capabilities

Full specs: https://shop.gopro.com/karmatechspecs


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Snowboard news : Rome2Rio The best snowboard travel app 

The premise is simple – the execution is not. Take scheduling data from travel companies around the world that have an online presence – compile said data into a single web service – then serve it up to users as an exhaustive list of journey options for getting from A to B. Simple? Far from it. Rome2Rio was designed by two ex-Microsoft engineers which gives you some idea of the brains behind it.

On visiting the Rome2Rio site, you see just two input boxes – one for your start point and the other for your destination. It’s slightly reminiscent of Google in terms of its stripped-back simplicity. Yet, just like that other search giant, underneath R2R’s deceptively basic front page lies a beast of an engine capable of scouring travel databases the world over to bring you a comprehensive route planner covering every conceivable mode of transport. Ok, maybe not every mode (rollerblading is conspicuous by its absence), but every common type of transport including planes, trains and automobiles – and boats.

While the route planning is impressive in itself, Rome2Rio’s search engine goes a step further by offering timetables, expected journey times and typical prices. Indeed, it’s even possible to book your transport online (and hotels if you’re interested) direct from your search results. It’ll even list typical taxi prices (though you can’t book taxis online, for obvious reasons). R2R can even serve up car journey times – and anticipated petrol costs. In short, it’s like a web-based Travel Yoda, at your beck and call, capable of answering even the most obscure of travel queries.

These days, hardly anyone uses travel agents for holidays but planning trips can get difficult – particularly if you venture off the beaten path. Not anymore. No matter how far you stray, Rome2Rio will have you covered.

Give the service a try at www.rome2rio.com and see for yourself. Or install the Apple iOS app or Android app.

Of all the new tech and websites we use, Rome2Rio ranks right up there with the best for service and simplicity. Check out the independent review below for more information.

 



Rossignol PIQ

We took delivery of this a few days ago. The PIQ robot has us excited – very excited. PIQ promises to be able to measure turn angle, speed of edge to edge transition between turns, G-force exerted, speed and turn rate. And that’s just its turn-measuring capacity. PIQ also features a jump analyser which records rotations, air-time and G-force at landing. Pretty incredible stuff.

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The PIQ app is currently targeted at skiing though we’ll have a full review on how well it translates the data captured to snowboarding. Apparently, there are plans to release a snowboard-specific version soon – which wouldn’t be that difficult considering the amount of real-time tracking data it already captures. Plus, a kitesurf version is already available proving that PIQ is more than capable of tracing more snowboard-oriented movement.

The first thing you note as you unbox is just how small the PIQ. And by ‘small’, we mean tiny. it measures only 44mm x 38.3mm and is an impossible 5.4mm tall. And it weighs just 9.8g. The robot slots into a velcro strap which the user attaches to his/her boot. It is waterproof to IP67 standard. The unit comes shipped with a remote charger, capable of supplying power for an additional three full charges. Neat.

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The tiny Rossignol PIQ tracker (bottom left) with velcro boot strap and charging unit to the right

PIQ hooks up to an app on your mobile. Once paired, this is where the real magic happens. The PIQ robot records your stats in real time and stores them on the device until you’re ready to transfer to the app. The app then displays what you did during your day. The process is seamless and set up is simple.

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We’ll have a full report on how the PIQ works at the start of the coming season but, in tests we’ve done here on bikes, it worked well and captured speeds reliably when compared our iRide tracking system.

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Fatmap – The best mapping app you might not even know yet.

Once in a while, a snowboard app comes along that’s so good – so comprehensive and complete – it makes you wonder what you did without it. An app that changes how you interact with the world and makes see you things from a very different perspective. Fatmap is one such app.

Fatmap features mapping, elevation and terrain detail from the world’s best ski and snowboard resorts. Sounds simple enough but the app uses this data to construct accurate 3D maps allowing you to explore mountain environments first hand in a way that was never previously possible. And we’re not just talking pisted, in-bounds runs here. The developers have constructed vast 3D environments of entire ski areas including off-piste itineraries and routes you likely didn’t even know exist. In the words of backcountry legend, Xavier de le Rue, “Fatmap has changed the way I see and act in the mountains”. It will likely do the same for you.

As well as being available on mobile, Fatmap now also features a powerful desktop application which affords even greater detail. Check pitch, elevation and likely avalanche risk before even setting foot on the hill. Plan your route and scope new lines from the comfort of home while also getting tips from locals on everything from lift queue times to likely snow conditions depending on time of day or season. The app features a wealth of useful data that will change how and where you ride.

We’ve been following Fatmap closely since it was first launched. It always showed huge promise – even in the early days when they’d only mapped a few areas – but now . . . well, now, it’s pretty much the most complete guide to the mountains you can find. Maps are provided free unless you need offline access which is charged at £9.99 p/m or £28.99 p/a.

What the developers have done here is truly impressive. To take such complex and immersive map and satellite data and convert it into a handheld app which you can explore, almost like a video game, is a quite incredible feat. Fatmap is a genuine game-changer in terms of snowboard apps – not to mention a hugely useful safety tool. We can’t wait to see where the programming team take the technology next as there’s literally hundreds of off-shoot applications and purposes we can think of as add-ons. Time will tell what’s next in the evolution of Fatmap.

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Fatmap currently has over 100 ski and snowboard resorts mapped (some with summer and winter variations) with more areas currently in development. To get a better idea why you need this app, visit the Fatmap site for further details.

 


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Which French ski resorts allow drone cameras?

Got a drone and planning to film your snowboarding in France this year? You need to check this map. The French have quite tight restrictions on drone flying and not all resorts allow it. And the ones that do, commonly have altitude flying restrictions.

Check your area on this website to see if your resort allows drones.

Full map: https://www.geoportail.gouv.fr/donnees/restrictions-pour-drones-de-loisir