Thus far, Sigma’s Data Center has been a program that sits on your desktop, keeping all of your historical training data trapped on a local machine. Soon, though, a new Data Center 4.0 will move to the cloud, so once a workout has been synced from your device to Data Center, that workout data will appear on any device running Data Center.
To take full advantage of that, there’s a new Android Data Center app that’ll let you plug your rox10 into tablets or phones that have a mini USB and download ride data directly to the tablet. An iOS version of the app will launch simultaneously, but you’ll need an ANT+ dongle to read data from the Rox units or sync them with your computer first. Once that’s done, all of your training data will be more portable.
Rox 10.0 GPS cycling computer will get a much welcomed firmware update that allows you to further customize the screen, putting 1-6 of your favorite metrics onscreen at a time. Currently, the top section of the computer’s screen is fixed to show cadence, power, heart rate and one other metric, with speed and other usual suspects down below, and a button-activited scrolling metric on the bottom for things like time, distance, temperature, etc. We’re looking forward to setting ours up the way we’d like, and you’ll be able to do that from the Rox or through Data Center 4.0.
For multisport athletes, Sigma’s jumping on the “smart watch” category with the new RC Move…
The new RC Move runner’s watch is a full featured training aid that syncs with your phone and the new Data Center 4.0.
On it’s own, it’s a full blown heart rate monitor with elapsed time, training zones and programs, etc. It’ll save your workout data and then transfer to the app next time your phone is in range.
When used in conjunction with a phone during the workout, it bumps up the feature set considerably. And it’ll automatically save and upload the workout into to Data Center using your phone’s data service. It’ll also let you control your music (song skip, pause and play), show you when a call or text is coming through and the phone number.
Side note: Bluetooth LE/Smart/4.0 is a standard developed for the sporting goods industry, which favors energy conservation over full features. So, things like volume control and caller ID with names won’t work through connected devices.
The most impressive feature is that, from the app, you can set up training programs of your own design and they’ll immediately show that workout on the watch. All of the segments for your workout can be audibly transmitted to Bluetooth headphones or your phone’s speaker. Voice coaching includes countdowns until next segment, description of what you’re supposed to do next and a recap of how your time and speed compared to your previous efforts. And you can set up the device and customize it from the watch, app or through Data Center
It’s really meant as a running item, but will come with a handlebar mount. That said, it won’t read power data from BT power meters (Stages, etc.), cadence or other bike-only sensors. Target shipping date is November 14, they’re just waiting to get the final version of DC 4.0 launched.
With all those devices you’re sure to be training when it’s dark out, so Sigma’s introduced the new 200 lumen Buster head lamp. It has a weather resistant silicone bumper cover that comes in a variety of colors. Underneath is an alloy frame with six different blink/steady patterns for up to 8 hours of run time per charge. The button doubles as a charge/battery status light, and side vents in the lens provide a bit of side illumination to help you be seen by cars.