Sea Otter: Hands-on with Garmin’s 1000

April 13, 2014

Everything is coming together

What does the blue button do? Whatever you want it to!
What does the blue button do?
Whatever you want it to!

Following this week’s Edge 1000 release, we had a swing by the Garmin booth at Sea Otter this week to take a peek at the electronics giant’s latest and greatest.  While many of the features were known and expected, the way in which the company has integrated its offerings is impressive, a little surprising, and has interesting implications for the future.

The abilities to gather leg-specific power data and display Shimano Di2 gear selections alone should be enough to get any bike geek’s heart pumping- but really aren’t high on many mountain bikers’ wish lists.  .  More relevant on our side of things are the Edge remote and Virb camera integration.

SONY DSCReplicating the Edge head unit’s hard buttons, the Edge Remote also has a variable button that can be configured to perform any number of Edge tasks.  This includes telling the Edge’s to tell a Virb camera to start or stop filming.  This possibility means buying into the entire Garmin ecosystem, but it sure seemed slick.

The head-bone's connected to the camera-bone...
The head-bone’s connected to the camera-bone…

Having seen Garmin’s present, it’s easy to envision a future in which handlebar and light outputs are programmed and coordinated via a head unit- perhaps adjusting to rider speed, distance from home, or time before sunrise.  A time in which new trails can be not only discovered online, but also previewed for views and flow thanks to segment-linked video.  These scenarios are certainly possible- and may be closer than we think.

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