Starting a blog has some unintended consequences - at least I have found this to be the case. For example, I had no idea that by starting BikeHacks.com I would . . .
- Receive an email for every conceivable bike related kickstarter campaign. Rarely a day passes when I do not receive one, if not several emails from hopeful inventors who are seeking funding for frequently useless products. However, not all are fruitless.
- Be sent stuff to review! When I started BikeHacks.com I had no thought of getting stuff sent to me.
- Be able to pass on products to readers as well through contests and giveaways.
- Be able to quit my day job and blog full time.
One of those four things is not true. I will leave it to readers to decide which. Some of the stuff I have reviewed I use daily, other stuff not so frequently. Globe gave me a bike (perhaps not knowing what I would do to it) that I ride every day. That is by far the best product review in BikeHacks.com history. Recently I was contacted by a company wanting to market what they labeled a "dash cam." I guess they want to crack into the bike market and they sent me the Blackvue Sport SC500.
I must admit I was a bit perplexed with what I was going to do with the thing, but who was I to say "no"? I lead what I would consider to a pretty boring bike life. I ride to work. I work. I ride home. Unless you consider a stop at the grocery store to be "epic," my rides are quite mundane. I am fortunate to have access to a bike path for 99% of my ride which means I don't have to deal with cars much, except at cross walks.
I have been unable to engage in "epic" rides or bike adventures for some time now. My last great adventure was a bike camping trip way back in 2010. In recent years the development of these cameras meant to record live action has been noticeable on my commutes. It has become more frequent for me to see people riding at me with these things strapped to their helmets. To be honest, I kind of freaks me out. Either:
A) people have way too much time on their hands and choose to rewatch what automatically filters into their brain through their eyes.
B) automobile drivers continue to mow down cyclists without consequence and these cameras are hope for recourse.
As I waited for the thing to arrive in the mail I thought of different ways I could use it and the one I got most excited about was using it in the garbage/recycling area behind my condo. You see, some people in the building cannot engage in the painstaking process of taking the lid off of a garbage can and putting the garbage inside. Instead they leave the trash on top of the can (even when the can has plenty of space) and it starts to stink and attract rats. I thought if this camera had some motion activation on it I might be able to use to find the garbage scofflaw. Anyway . . .
I unpacked the thing and it comes with all sorts of accessories, minus one important one - a micro SD memory card. Lacking one, all I can do for now is keep thinking about what to use the thing for.
It comes with a waterproof housing, a carry case, a transfer/charging cord, and a couple of different mounts. It's pretty small, I thought the quarters would provide some size perspective.
So until I am able to insert a media card into the thing, I won't be able to share any of my epic lifestyle. Who knows what may come to pass, I might end up giving the thing away, or I might just become the next great YouTube sensation. I know readers won't be able to sleep at night wondering about the prospects . . .
If you have ideas for what I should do with this thing, feel free to leave comments.