by Marc Basiliere
April 13, 2014
Everything is coming together
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.
Replicating 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.
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.