Sea Otter 2023: Road and gravel tech from Laguna Seca
While mountain biking often takes center stage at Sea Otter, there’s always some interesting road and, increasingly, gravel technology in the mix.
From new wireless drivetrains to custom rigs and smaller details, here’s the best of road and gravel gear from Sea Otter 2023.
FSA K-Force WE electronic drivetrain
FSA is, after years of work, ready to release its electronic, mostly wireless drivetrain into the wild. The 12-speed system is wireless from the shifters to the battery system. The battery, front derailleur, and rear derailleur are connected by wire. The K-Force levers are quite sleek and the shift buttons have a different, much more positive feel to them.
Pinarello had its new Dogma (X and F) on display, but the Italian brand’s gravel rigs were front and centre. That includes the relatively conservative, for Pinarello, Granger and the electric Nytro, using TQ’s diminutive but powerful motor.
De Rosa had a stunning gravel bike on show.
Not a stock colour, but hard to stop looking at
Shimano GRX is the gearing of choice for many gravel rigs at Sea Otter
There are changes coming to De Rosa’s off-road rig. Stay tuned.
De Rosa wasn’t showing off anything new just yet, but there was a stunning matte maroon gravel bike catching the California sun (and the attention of anyone passing by). It’s not a stock colour but it sure does stand out.
Continental was showing off road tires on all sides of the volume spectrum. Its GP5000 TT is narrow and fast but still includes some puncture protection. Since TT’s still happen on real roads. They also have the GP5000 AS, a training or wet-weather tire, that comes in wider ranges of volumes that stretch well into the 30cc range and come with a subtle, but effective reflective strip on the sidewall.
4iiii’s Precision 3 looks the same, but has some updates
It’s still available pre-installed for Shimano, road and mountain
Or as a Factory Instal for a wider range of brands and cranks
Alberta’s 4iii had its Precision 3 power meter on display. There are new updates, including better off-road cadence sensing. These are available as free over-the-air updates for anyone that already has a Precision 3. There’s another very interesting and unexpected update coming from the Cochrane, Alta-based power meter brand but they’re staying tight-lipped about details for a little longer.
Udog is a new brand, from a very experienced founder, bringing Italian fashion to road footwear. The extremely light shoe has a very breathable upper. With a set of straps that wrap all the way around the foot, they also hope to eliminate some of the hot spots that lace-up designs can suffer from. There’s also a gravel/XC version.
Prologo carries Pogacar to victory, quite regularly
The “power saddle” uses 3-D molded grip patches, so you don’t slide around on the saddle.
The Italian brand also makes gloves with the same technology so you never, ever, have to worry about slipping off the bars
It comes in half-finger and full-finger styles
Prologo was showing off a wide range of new road and off-road saddles in its booth. The brand also noted, several times, that Pogacar sits on its saddles. When he’s not standing on a podium, that is. Among the designs is one that uses a distinctive set of “power gripper” patches so you don’t slide around on the saddle. They also offer gloves using the same design to make sure you never, ever lose your grip.
Dyson Selling Latest Multitasking Tool—Air-Purifying Headphones—for Just $950 – Decider
You’re not alone if you mostly think of vacuums and haircare when you think of Dyson.
After all, that is the brand’s claim to fame, from its powerful corded and cordless vacuum cleaners to the viral Airwrap.
Headphones aren’t typically the first product that comes to mind when most people think of Dyson.
And yet, the company’s again struck viral gold with its first-ever wearable product, the new Dyson Zone headphones — even if the reaction is mostly confusion.
The Zone headphones aren’t an ordinary pair of over-the-ear headphones with their advanced noise cancellation technology and ultra-low distortion engineering; of course, there’s a Dyson twist, and it’s exactly what you might expect from a company that’s perfected different ways of using air.
These headphones also double as an air purifier.
Each ear has filters installed that are said to remove gases and 99% of pollutants as small as 0.1 microns, per Dyson. So the air that … hits your ears … will always be as clean as possible.
That’s not even the most confusing part, though, because, besides just the headphones, the Zone comes with a detachable visor that covers your nose and mouth so you can breathe in filtered air.
If the look they were going for is Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, they nailed it.
We’re not exactly sure who this product is for, but if it’s you, it’ll only set you back a cool $950.
How to complete Misko's Cave of Chest Side Quest in The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom – Sportskeeda
In The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, players have multiple ways to acquire rupees and treasures. Players can earn wealth and valuable items by overcoming various challenges, defeating bosses, and engaging in Shrine challenges. However, there is an additional method available for players to earn money and valuable treasures, and that method is through side quests.
The expansive open world of the game offers a diverse range of activities beyond the main objectives, and among these activities is the completion of side quests. Engaging in these quests provides players with a unique experience and a convenient means of obtaining quick money and valuable treasures.
Each Side Quest in The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom presents players with distinctive and challenging tasks, offering valuable rewards as a guarantee. While players can obtain treasures and rupees by exploring various regions, engaging in side missions can save their time and simplify the process of acquiring treasures. The Misko’s Cave of Chest Side Quest, in particular, is straightforward, making it a must-participate for players looking to earn money quickly.
Here’s how you can complete the Misko’s Cave of Chest Side Quest in The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
To initiate this side quest, your first step is to visit the northeastern side of the map, close to Cephla Lake. Upon reaching the area, you’ll come across a campfire accompanied by an adorable dog. As you continue onward, you’ll encounter a pair of travelers seated near the entrance of a cave.
When you talk to the travelers, they will reveal information about the hidden treasures in the cave. They will talk about each separate chest, which holds a Green Rupee. One of them unintentionally reveals the existence of Misko’s Hidden treasure as they continue to disclose information about the hidden treasures.
They also reveal that Misko was a notorious bandit who had caused plenty of trouble in Hyrule.
The travelers discuss the valuable clothing owned by Misko, which is concealed within treasure chests. They also mention that acquiring the exact chest containing the clothes will pose a considerable challenge due to the abundance of chests within the cave.
Upon engaging with the travelers, venture into the cave, where you will discover abundant Brightbloom Seeds and Sparkling Boulders. To shatter the boulders, ensure you have a rock hammer. It is crafted by combining a rock or boulder with a melee weapon. Once the Boulder is broken, you will obtain an Amber and a Flint. Following this, continue forward and encounter a vast array of treasure chests.
Begin by sequentially opening each chest, and you will acquire a Green Rupee. The appropriate chest can be found close to the Brightbloom Seed. Upon unlocking this chest, you will obtain the Ember Trousers, thereby completing your challenge.
JetBrains Compose Multiplatform for iOS Reaches Alpha – InfoQ.com
After adding support for desktop apps and the Web, JetBrains multiplatform declarative UI toolkit now runs on iOS in alpha.
Based on Google Jetpack Compose, recently updated with improved performance and extensions, Compose Multiplatform runs natively on Android and, thanks to Kotlin Multiplatform on Windows, Linux, macOS, and the Web, too. The addition of iOS extends Compose Multiplatform to all major OSes.
The approach followed by Compose Multiplatform is to provide the same API across all supported platforms, replicating Jetpack Compose APIs:
The APIs in Compose Multiplatform are the same ones that have already been tried and tested in Jetpack Compose. That means developers who have experience writing modern Android user interfaces using Jetpack Compose can transfer those skills directly to write a shared user interface with Compose Multiplatform, targeting iOS and beyond.
This includes state management, layout composition, and animations. For a number of features that are strictly OS-dependent, like loading resources, Compose Multiplatform provides its own higher-level abstractions to maximize portability.
On iOS, Compose Multiplatform uses canvas-based rendering, using the Skiko graphics library. Also known as Skia for Kotlin, Skiko is based on Skia, Google’s graphics library used for Chrome, ChromeOS, and Flutter.
This approach means that Compose Multiplatform apps have the same look and feel across all supported platforms, similarly to Flutter apps. Unlike Flutter, though, Compose Multiplatform provides Material and Material 3 widgets out of the box, so Compose Multiplatform apps will just look like plain-vanilla Android apps. While Material is the only widget look-and-feel currently supported on iOS, JetBrains has not yet made a final decision about whether to provide a native widget look-and-feel.
An important aspect of creating cross-platform apps is interoperability with the underlying OS SDK. Compose Multiplatform for iOS provides a two-way interop layer on top of
UIKit, with two main classes,
UIKitView enables embedding platform-specific widgets like maps, web views, media players, and camera feeds within a Compose UI.
ComposeUIViewController can be used instead to embed Compose screens in UIKit and SwiftUI applications. This can be helpful to gradually convert an existing app into a Compose app.
To start working with Compose Multiplatform for iOS, you will need a machine running recent version of macOS, Xcode, Android Studio, and the Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile plugin. All additional dependencies can be managed through CocoaPods.
The best place to start is one of the project templates provided by JetBrains. Those include a basic iOS/Android app, an image viewer, a chat app, and many more. A number of tutorials are also available to guide you through using the most common UI elements in a Compose Multiplatform app.
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