Coach’s Eye had the good fortune to be invited by Samsung to attend IFA 2012 as a featured application for the release of the Note 2. Joe Dearman and I donned our Coach’s Eye gear and headed to Berlin to represent on the tradeshow floor. The hours were brutal, but I was determined to spend some time in the golden hours with Berlin as my muse. This HDR shot of the Berliner Dom (aka the Berlin Cathedral) is one of my favorites from an early morning photo walk with Joe.
Yesterday marked the two year anniversary of Coach’s Eye in Apple’s App Store. It’s a rare example of sustained growth and success by a paid mobile productivity app. Understanding the unique opportunities that mobile computing offers and how we could leverage them to reimagine content creation and consumption have been a large factor in our success. Essentially, we have taken the notion that content creation is a heavyweight, time-consuming process anchored to a keyboard and turned it on its head.
We recognized that mobile devices had an amazing set of capabilities–hd video recording, h.264 encoding / decoding, a robust networking stack, tactile user interfaces–that would allow us to solve a set of problems in physical locations that computing had traditionally been unable to reach effectively.
With mobile we can completely unwind long held assumptions about creation and consumption. Video can be created and consumed immediately on the spot during training and competition. The feedback loop between coaches and athletes is compressed to nearly zero. This allows coaches and athletes to evaluate performance and make adjustments on the fly while performance is still in muscle memory. It’s a profound shift that’s having a dramatic impact on athletes around the world.
We’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible. I can’t wait to see what the next two years bring.
This summer, Nancy and I made a spur of the moment decision to visit New York City and check out the Cronut craze of 2013 at Dominique Ansel’s SoHo bakery. After a 3 hour wait in line for a glorified donut we spent the next two days walking all over the Manhattan. On Sunday morning we walked from our SoHo hotel over to the Brooklyn Bridge and then pushed our way through the crowds. Holy foot traffic! Still it was a bucket list walk with some gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline. I found a spot to pull over and then waited for a break in the foot traffic to grab this shot.