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It would be fair to assume that I was skeptical about the capabilities of the Elemnt Roam version 2.0, given my experience when testing the Bolt version 2.0.
However, my concerns were put to rest on my first ride with the updated Roam. This Roam, like Wahoo’s other computers, is easily set up through Wahoo’s Elemnt App and provides customizable fields on multiple screens. The display is adjustable to the user’s preferences, easily adapting to those with eagle eye-vision or to those who prefer larger font. Wahoo continues to use an ambient light sensor screen, 2 rows of LEDs, customizable alerts, and various mounting options. In other words, they have not sacrificed any of the fan-favorite features that sometimes get killed when companies put out an updated version.
Wahoo Element Roam Review: The Good
Let’s just get this out of the way first. The computer feels like it has been built for those riding for adventure or tackling gravel racing – And that is not a bad thing. Instead of climbing back up on my soapbox and touting the benefits of gravel riding as off-season training and mental balance, and how more pro triathletes are racing in events like Unbound or the Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) series – I will point out the features that make this a great choice for triathletes. But if you have already heeded my advice, or if you choose to now, this computer would be an excellent choice for off-road riding as well.
It’s just a tactile experience, right? The buttons on the updated Roam have been changed from indentations to raised and textured. This update makes it easier to use when wearing gloves during cold-weather rides. As a bonus, these buttons are much easier to use with wet bare hands – think coming out of T1.
The battery life is an impressive 17 hours. No matter where you’re riding, you’re likely to get enough juice for the day. As a racing triathlete, the battery capacity is more than sufficient for an Ironman distance.
The Elemnt Roam can be set up with custom alerts, like notifications to keep you on track with your fueling and hydrating strategies.
Like the updated Bolt, there are color displays in the heart rate and power zone fields. Through the Wahoo Elemnt App, your power zones and heart rate zones will be auto-calculated and the display color in those data fields changes based upon the zone you are in. I love this feature, as it lets me train/race based on zones by simply glancing at the screen to ensure I am hitting my desired targets. Speaking of training within your limits: the updated Roam also displays Supersapiens for those monitoring blood glucose.
64 color display
Alright, so this won’t make you faster, but the enhanced color display sure makes use of the navigation features much easier to see.
Dual Band GPS
Not a flashy upgrade, but an important feature to ensuring consistent route connectivity and accuracy. Unlike my experience when testing the Bolt, I was impressed with the re-routing when intentionally going off my pre-loaded route. Upon set-up, I thought it was a bit of a novelty, watching my Roam update the Maine maps (that’s where I currently am and tested the unit). After all, what could this little unit know that I don’t know? I then followed one particular re-route as I was certain this was reason for critique. After finishing my meal of crow, the Roam route is now one of my favorite (and previously undiscovered) roads.
Increased to 32 GB of storage allows for plenty of space to store multiple routes and area maps. If you are looking to mix up your training, but afraid of getting lost, set your concerns aside.
Will this feature make you faster? Yes – if you follow it. Will this feature add more fun? No – if you follow it. You are able to follow pre-planned or already stored structured workouts on your device. It’s a great training feature if you like to follow something structured.
This should go into a “great” or “must-have” feature on all bike computers. The Wahoo pairs to an ANT+ rearview radar unit and alerts you of oncoming cars through the unit’s LEDs or, my personal choice, with on-dash display. There is a color line running vertically on the left side, green is clear and red is car approaching. The coolest part is that you see a car moving up the screen as the vehicle approaches. Unfortunately, as of now in the United States, the Garmin Varia has the market on rear radar locked up, and is priced accordingly.
Wahoo Elemnt Roam Review: The Ok
This is not a knock specifically against Wahoo – more on the industry standard attempt to generate revenue. To fully appreciate all the features and maximize use of the unit, it is best to use the entire Wahoo ecosystem: Wahoo X for a training subscription, Wahoo Rival Multisport watch for hand off onto device (which is cool during a race), all the Wahoo Kickr devices, Tickr heart rate monitor, pedals, and Wahoo nutrition. (Ok, the last one doesn’t exist – at least not yet.) They have/make it all. To have everything work seamlessly with the Roam, you must become a Wahoo convert. But in their defense: Ever weighed yourself with the Garmin Smart Scale?
This feature is best described as “How much pain is left?” The Summit Segment feature requires using preloaded segments through third party apps, such as Strava, for the full experience. When riding, your screen displays the vertical gradients in color coded sections (how bad it will get) and distance to the top remaining – but only if you are on a Strava section and a subscribing member with your account linked to the Elemnt app. It is a great feature that can motivate you to the top or help you pace yourself over a long event. It also keeps Wahoo up to speed with similar features already found in Garmin and Hammerhead.
The downside experienced with using Summit can be found when going off the pre-loaded route. Although your directions will be rerouted, the anticipated climbing does not make the reroute patch. Additionally, at this time Wahoo is only able to display climbing segment information on pre-loaded routes, not when off the route or free route climbing, whcich is something the new Hammerhead does. However, Wahoo is continually updating their software, so I anticipate this feature is a launching pad for more to come.
Wahoo Elemnt Roam Review: Conclusions
The upgrades to the Elemnt Roam bring much-needed features to a device that was being surpassed by competitors such as Garmin and the new Karoo by Hammerhead. When viewed as a standalone bike computer, the Roam is great, but not exceptional. However, as part of the Wahoo ecosystem, the new Elemnt Roam is a great addition to a comprehensive training and racing system. I would argue that if shopping for a new computer, and you are not held up on size/weight restrictions (such as aerobar constraints, when the Bolt would be your best option), the Roam is worth strong consideration.
Corning redefines tough with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 – PR Newswire
The newest Gorilla Glass better survives drops on rougher surfaces, like concrete
MUMBAI, India, Dec. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today unveiled its newest glass innovation, Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus® 2. Corning continues to push the boundaries of glass by expanding its Corning® Gorilla® Glass portfolio. With a new glass composition, Gorilla Glass Victus 2 delivers improved drop performance on rough surfaces like concrete, the world’s most abundantly engineered material, while preserving the scratch resistance of Gorilla Glass Victus.
“Smartphones are the center of our digital lives, and the requirement for exceptional scratch and drop resistance has only increased with our growing reliance on clear, damage-free displays,” said David Velasquez, vice president and general manager, Gorilla Glass. “Surfaces matter, and rough surfaces like concrete are everywhere.”
Corning’s extensive research has shown that 84% of consumers across three of the largest smartphone markets – China, India, and the United States – cite durability as the number one purchasing consideration behind brand itself.
“We challenged our scientists not only to create a glass composition that was durable enough to better survive drops from waist height onto rougher surfaces than asphalt, but to improve cover-glass performance for larger and heavier devices,” said Velasquez. “With more sophisticated and varied designs, today’s smartphones are nearly 15% heavier, and screen sizes are up to 10% larger, than they were four years ago – increasing both the stress on the cover glass and the probability of damage. Gorilla Glass Victus 2 redefines tough for consumers and OEMs.”
In lab tests, Gorilla Glass Victus 2 survived drops of up to one meter on a surface replicating concrete. Competitive aluminosilicate glasses from other manufacturers typically failed when dropped from half a meter or less. In addition, Gorilla Glass Victus 2 continued to survive drops up to two meters on a surface replicating asphalt and maintained scratch resistance up to four times better than competitive aluminosilicate.
For more than a decade, Gorilla Glass has helped revolutionize communication and transform the mobile consumer electronics industry. With nearly half a billion global consumers yet to transition to smartphones, Gorilla Glass will continue to solve tough consumer challenges and meet the needs of current and future smartphone users.
Gorilla Glass Victus 2 is currently being evaluated by multiple customers and is expected to reach the market within the next few months.
Gorilla Glass has been designed into more than 8 billion devices by more than 45 major brands. Throughout the company’s Mobile Consumer Electronics (MCE) market access platform, Corning continues its legacy of innovation with its market-leading cover glasses as well as glass and optics for semiconductor products that enhance performance, deliver new connectivity features, enable new designs, and support immersive user experiences with augmented reality and 3D sensing.
About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries. Corning’s capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping its customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning’s markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display, automotive, solar, semiconductors, and life sciences.
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Overwatch 2: Sojourn the Main Target of Nerfs in Season 2 Update – IGN
Blizzard Entertainment has revealed what we can expect from Season 2 of Overwatch 2, including balancing updates, limited-time events, skins, and more ahead of its December 6 launch date.
Alongside the introduction of the new Omnic revolutionary tank hero Ramattra and the winding Shambali Monastery Escort map, Season 2 is also bringing some important balancing changes, according to Blizzard Entertainment’s official blog post.
Most significantly, Blizzard Entertainment has moved to nerf the damage hero Sojourn, who according to a blog post on the company’s website has been dominating the high-skill competitive scene in recent weeks, while “remaining a challenge for players without the same mechanical skills”.
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To address the issue, the developers announced that they would be “focussing on the lethality of her Rail Gun at distance for Season 2”. This has been done to encourage players of all skills to use Sojurn’s mobility and her power slide to “close the distance for more devastating right-clicks”.
Doomfist — another tank — will also receive significant balancing tweaks to better reflect “his role as the team’s front line”. Ana, Bastion, Junker Queen, Kiriko, Mercy, and Symmetra will also be tweaked when the new season goes live on December 6, though Blizzard Entertainment has yet to reveal exactly how.
Next month’s launch will also bring a new map pool to Overwatch 2. Rialto and Blizzard World will be entering rotation alongside the new map Shambali Monastery. Oasis and Nepal will also be appearing “at different times of day”, while Hollywood and Watchpoint: Gibraltar will be rotated out.
Blizzard revealed details for the Greek mythology themed Season 2 Battle Pass. Progression rewards for the premium pass will include a Poseidon skin for Ramattra and a Hades costume for Pharah. The “pinnacle reward” for the pass is a Mythic Zeus skin for Junker Queen, which comes with “new customizations, weapon models, voice lines, and special effects”.
Season 2 is also set to bring three special events to the game. Winter Wonderland will run from December 13 – January 4, while the Lunar New Year event will start on January 17 and end on February 1.
Special skins will be up for grabs during each event, including “Epic Ice Queen Brigitte, Legendary Winged Victory Mercy, and Legendary Kkachi Echo.”
Sandwiched between these seasonal celebrations is the Battle for Olympus event, which will be around for a limited time from January 5 – 19. During this period players will be able to earn skins as they engage in a new game mode which will see certain heroes “imbued with awesome god-like powers”.
Finally, Season 2 will feature catch up challenges that will allow players to unlock heroes, including Kiriko from Season 1. To stay up to date and find out how to get the most out of your hero, be sure to check out more of IGN’s coverage of Overwatch 2.
Anthony is a freelance contributor covering science and video gaming news for IGN. He has over eight years experience of covering breaking developments in multiple scientific fields and absolutely no time for your shenanigans. Follow him on Twitter @BeardConGamer
Xiaomi 13 Pro camera detailed with a 1-inch main sensor, floating telephoto lens
The Xiaomi 13 series is arriving tomorrow, and today the company revealed some key features of the camera on the Pro member. According to the released teasers, the main shooter will have a 50 MP 1” Sony IMX989 sensor, while the telephoto camera will have 75mm equivalent, which is 3x magnification.
Xiaomi revealed how the new “floating” telephoto lens would work in a 20-second video – it is moving the elements closer to achieve infinite focus and take pictures of far objects; when it needs to take close-ups (up to 10 cm), the elements are moving away. The camera is developed with know-how from Leica, which once again is having its branding on the back of the phone.
The Xiaomi 13 Pro also appeared in a leaked hands-on video, revealing the camera design and some specs like MIUI 14 on top of Android 13, 8/128 GB memory variant and a Qualcomm chipset with 3.19 GHz CPU, which is unsurprisingly the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
We also got some punchy camera samples, but since they were posted on social media, they have been heavily compressed.
Camera samples at 3x zoom
Camera samples from up close
Camera samples of main 50 MP shooter
The Xiaomi 13 series is bringing LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage for extra snappy performance. We expect a Xiaomi 13 and a Xiaomi 13 Pro at the December 1 event, as well as announcements of a Xiaomi Watch S2 wearable and the MIUI 14 interface.
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