Archive for May, 2007

20
May
07

Helmet Cam

Finally got all the equipment in for my helmet cam system. Had it out 2x’s to record the Denton Branch Rail Trail & Campion Trail in Irving. Neither are true MT Bike trails, but they are good rides to test the equipment on. Everything works pretty slick. Wish the quality was better, but it is acceptable for now.  YouTube compresses the video a lot so the quality is not very good.  The original footage is much clearer.  Here is an example video:

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09
May
07

Helmet Cam Equipment

After much research I finally ordered a helmet cam setup. I bought a KT@C Sony 520 line helmet cam and a RCA Lyra X2400 digital recorder. The Sony cam isn’t the best camera out there but it should produce decent results and handle the challenging conditions I am going to put it through.

KT@C Sony 520 line helmet cam

The RCA Lyra X2400 digital recorder records direct to SD cards. I think this should work out best for ease of use and all the vibration & shock it is going to receive. No hard drive to crash and no tapes to mess with.


RCA Lyra X2400 digital recorder

If you are looking to get a helmet cam setup, check out this helmetcamreview.com . They have side by side comparisons of the most popular brands. Very informative site.

Hopefully the weather will clear up so I can hit the trails soon! It has been raining almost every day for 2 weeks! It is going to take a while before the trails dry out.

09
May
07

YouTube Videos

I found some really cool motorcycle videos on YouTube and integrated them into TxTracks.com. Everything from crash videos, amazing trials riding and vintage Evel Knievel footage. Some of those crashes Evel had on that big heavy Harley were really nasty! There is even a video of his snake river rocket bike jump. Now that is pretty darn funny. Amazing he didn’t get killed in that one.

03
May
07

New TxTracks.com UI

I finally updated the UI on TxTracks.com. It is a clean simple design. Hopefully people will find it easy to navigate and little more pleasing to the eye. It should be all XHTML compliant.

New TxTracks.com UI

02
May
07

Flex+Google Maps+Flickr+YouTube+GPS

It is amazing the things you can do with all of the cool new web API’s. Lots of fun to play with. Here is a screen shot of the latest version of the Mt Bike Trails UI of TxTracks.com. It is a combination of Flex & Google maps. All photos are served from Flickr and videos are served from YouTube. Can’t wait for the weather to clear up so I can get some more data in the app and launch this!

TxTracks.com - Dallas/Ft Worth Mt Bike Trails




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