Here are some of the details that they are planning to track with the new gate
- NK are certainly on the right track with this product, wireless connection to the excellent GPS 2.0 should result in a reliable product, it would also be good to see smartphone support at some point
- Measurement of force is good, but what is also good to hear is that NK understand that the outputting data needs some clarification for rowers/coaches so they know what they are trying to aim for – apparently they are getting advise from leaders in the rowing biomechanics world in developing this
- As well as support for the wireless gate, NK are also targeting future updates to the features of the GPS2 – although none are confirmed, all the ones I suggested (such as start/stop on GPS location, connecting and recording C2 PM5 workouts, smartphone app downloads) are all possible with future firmware updates so I hope to see those features filter through soon
- Connecting via Bluetooth isn’t as ideal as with ANT+ since Bluetooth is only a 1-1 connection (I.e. Gate to GPS2) you wouldn’t be able to view the data on other devices like a coaches GPS without getting additional tech (which is shown below), also I imagine you wouldn’t be able to see multiple curves on the same device – ie in a pair bow can see both his and strokes curves, which would help with live updates to technique
- Looking at the gate itself the first thought I had was that it’s quite bulky at the back which could cause issues with “bow riggers” – although this could be solved with bigger c-cups on the riggers holding the pins
Chatting to the staff at the stand it certainly seems like a product they are excited to bring to the market, and they are aiming for sometime in Q1 2016 although I think that may be an overly aggressive target if they didn’t have a working prototype to show, considering the difficulty other companies seem to have with bringing the same tech to market.
All in all tho, despite some concerns it is good to see the direction NK are going with their products, and it is good to see another power meter aiming to hit the market sometime next year.