Run, Dash, Run!

Run, Dash, Run!

I hardly remember how long ago it was when I backed Bragi for their upcoming product The Dash on Kickstarter – a bit of desk research shows that it must have been early 2014. Like some other backers I thought I had thrown money at somebody who took it and ran…

Enough bi***ing now – they took their time and produced a decent MVP aaaand they shipped it. In January 2016 I finally got my hands on my new toy.


The Dash, Image by Bragi

So I’ve been using it for a bit more than a month now and that’s my verdict:

Product quality (how it’s manufactured, including packaging) is close to top-notch. As it happens so many times some of the key problems are the HMI (human machine interface) – I’m simply too clumpsy for some of the touch controls, but I’m learning and improving.

Functionality – my key reason to back the product (besides curiosity) was to listen to music; in my case stream Sporify from my iPhone with a decent sound quality. Disclaimer: I’m (still) a tad audiophile, have invested a good car’s value into audio over time… I compare the Dashs audio performance with the Parrot ZIK. Let’s keep it short and sweet here – the Dash is not there yet, but sound quality is good (enough); sure not high end, but good enough for daily use.

Wireless / Bluetooth connectivity (iPhone 6) – oh well – again let’s keep it short and sweet here – pre 1.30 firmware it was troublesome. Way too many drops-outs. Now, with 1.30 installed it’s also good enough, but there clearly is room for improvement. But hey, there will be firmware updates to cover that.

The app covers basic functionality. Connectivity (from the left Dash) to the app is OK. The list of activities can use some additions, but for now it’s at a good starting level. I love the transparency mode – the reaction of people who talk to you when you wear the Dash with the transparency mode on and you answer them is priceless…

Improvements needed – bluetooth and app connectivity – evenly distributed work for the right and the left Dash.

Additional features I’d like to have: more activities. And, this is the key feature I’d love to see…. is quite simple: the lovely folks at Bragi should whitelable and implement the equalizer from the Parrot ZIK; that would be a major improvement.

As I don’t really have use for the health data the Dash generates (I got rid of my jawbone loooong ago due to lacking product quality…) I can’t say too much about that, but the visualization of the stats after a run is nicely done.

Would I spend the money on the product again? Most probably yes.

Of course the title of the post here didn’t have only one meaning…. – I love running with the Dash, but I also love to see the Dash running towards new firmware updates….


No plans for this Saturday night? Now you do! #SwissAward #VoteBruno05

Lots of interesting things already happening early in 2016, aren’t there?

One of them will go down next Saturday evening – Switzerland will vote for the “Person of the Year 2015”. After a preliminary selection there are 19 nominees in 5 categories from which viewers of the public Swiss TV  (SRF 1, RTS Deux, RSI LA 2) can vote for in the Swiss Award 2015 show.

Now you might ask yourself – whaaaat; why should I care? There’s a simple answer to that; nominee # 5 is…. (drum roll, please!) Bruno Giussani, the European director of TED, curator & host of TEDGlobal! )Links if you dont’ know him and want to do some background reading on Bruno: Wikipedia, his website and his LinkedIn profile)

Bruno was nominated for all his efforts with TED, TEDx and spreading ideas worth sharing.


Image courtesy of Simon Schneebeli

Image courtesy of Simon Schneebeli

I think its fantastic that Bruno has been nomiated; the Swiss TED(x) community should give his nomination a little push; let’s see if we can push him up to the top! After all we’re the cool kids who know how to use this internetz and mobilize the masses, aren’t we?

How? Now that’s quite easy (but sort of old school, sorry); during the TV show on Saturday evening viewers can vote by phone and text (numbers to be announced in the show). Bruno is nominee #05, for which the hashtag combo #SwissAward #VoteBruno05 stands for.

So, TEDx Switzerland brothers and sisters can you spare a dime and vote for Bruno? That would be fantastic and you’ll get tons of karma points for doing so! Thank y’all!

Please feel free to spread the news in your network too and use the hashtags #SwissAward #VoteBruno05 as much as you can and like!

HarbourClub Symposium 2015 Linksammlung

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Wie im Interview des “Innovationsblocks” am HarbourClub Symposium am 26. November 2015 versprochen gibt’s hier eine kleine Zusammenstellung aller Links, die wir während des Interviews gestreift haben:

TED Talks, die ich gut finde:

Ich wünsche frohes Surfen!

Cape Town – It’s still nice!

Here’s my usual round-up after a trip. This time I travelled to Cape Town, only for a short week and a lot of work. Nevertheless I managed to steal some time for myself and explored the city a bit. It had been a long while (some 15 years) since my last visit to Cape Town; I knew/remembered what to expect and was anxious to see what has changed since then.

But let’s do this as it happened…. first I had to travel to the Mother City. My plan was to do that with the Lufthansa in their premium economy class (I just refuse to fly economy on such long haul flights; those days are over. Since my still favorite Swiss airline does not feature premium eco I had to get used to other airlines….). But, a German union decided to strike the airline once again, so my plane wasn’t flying. I still don’t get how stupid people can be; it might be worth thinking something like that through `til the end; airline is on strike – customers are not happy – customers avoid airline – airline suffers and has to lay off staff. Not that difficult, is it? Now that took me somewhat off-topic, now back to the more fun topic again.

My flight was transferred over to BA and I flew to Cape Town via London. While BA does have a premium eco class the plane was, uuuhm, old (a really old B-747) and it felt its age. Fortunately I slept most of the night and only woke up shortly before arrival in Cape Town. The difference between a some 20 – 30 years old plane and a modern one became even more tangible when I flew back. Lufthansa staff was not on strike anymore and I had the pleasure (I mean it, really) of flying back in a top modern A340. The flight was still long, but comfortable. And hey, they even had in-flight WiFi!

And while we’re talking travel…. – use UBER while you’re in Cape Town. So much nicer, not more expensive than taxi.

Next up: accommodation. For the first couple of nights I slept at a friend’s place, but for the last three nights I stayed at the Grand Daddy hotel in Long street, Cape Town. The hotel is a solid 4 star with a couple of specialities. Well, actually one. It’s on the roof top and this is how it looks:

Airstream trailer on top of Grand Daddy hotel in Cape Town

Of course it’s not any ol’ trailers, these are Airstreams. On the inside the trailer is on the smaller side, but still nice and of course, special. Each trailer is themed differently, the theme of my one was “Gold Rush” (feel the bling bling?).

Gold Rush Trailer inside Grand Daddy Hotel Cape Town

One word of warning though: the roof top features a bar too and it’s right in the middle of the trailer park. Of course there’s a DJ playing on weekends, and he sure got the place bumpin (including the trailers…) – fortunately the sound only lasted until 8 pm, after that it was astonishingly calm and quiet.

Food and stuff (you saw it coming, didn’t you?). Of course seafood never gets better than so close to the sea, but meat lovers also get their share. So, in the order of appearance; these are the places I’d recommend you to go to: Steenberg (both the Bistro 1862 and the high end restaurant Catharinas. Very nice indeed. This time stuff translates into wine – needless to say that South African wines are just delicious.

Simply the best restaurant I ate in during my trip was at the Jordan winery. We stopped at their restaurant for lunch on wine tasting tour we did on Sunday and hell, I hardly ate so deliciously before. It was only after lunch that our tour guide (Stephen, also highly recommended) told us that we just had lunch at one of South Africa’s top restaurants. Not surprising that it couldn’t get any better after that, is it?

But, there were at least two comparable places . One night I had lobster at the Pigalle restaurant. It looked like this and tasted as good as it looked:

Lobster at Pigalle restaurant in Cape Town

I followed a restaurant recommendation on Bree street, Chefs Warehouse and I let this pic speak for itself (I’m quite sure you’re able to figure out what I ate):

Table at Chefs Warehouse in Cape Town

Bree street is nice to find small, innovative good food places anyway, just stroll up and keep your eyes open.

The tour through the oh-so-near (really, 30 mins from the city) wine area on Sunday was lovely. Stephen took us to small wineries all off the beaten track; think Vergelegen, Morgenster (where we also tasted olive oil), Jordan and Muratie. I told him during our ride to the first winery that DeMorgenzon is my current favorite and he just adjusted the itinerary and also took us there – brilliant!

Mirror at the DeMorgenzon winery in South Africa

Oh, and there’s a place you shouldn’t go to for food, seriously; just don’t! The waterfront is nice for shopping, especially the watershed. But just don’t eat there, take an UBER, ride it for a couple of minutes and go to a decent restaurant (like Pigalle…. ). I’m quite sure you’ll even pay less.

And here’s one last recommendation for y’all. I documented my activities on social media quite intensely. The lovely folks at the Paper Jet travel agency in Durban noticed (good social media monitoring!) and contacted me in a very nice way. Rest assured that I now know who I’ll ask for an offer next time I head to South Africa; with a bit more time. I will make sure that there’s enough time for a decent safari trip!

I loved this scene on Shortmarket street:

Street scene at Shortmarket Capetown

Street scene at Shortmarket Capetown

Züri West Food Tour – Froid!

Wohl der einfachste Titel für einen Blogpost ever…. – Froid (in hochdeutsch halt dann Freude!).

Claudia Schmid vom Züritipp war letzthin an einer der Food Tours durch Züri West mit dabei und dokumentierte ihre Erlebnisse in der Ausgabe des Züritipps vom letzten Donnerstag. Mehr Infos zur Food Tour sind hier.

Frau Schmid fand die Tour gut und das freut mich natürlich sehr!

Online fand ich den Artikel nicht, aber hier kommt der Scan des Print-Artikels:

Artikel "Getestet Food-Tour" im ZüriTipp vom 29.10.15

Artikel “Getestet Food-Tour” im ZüriTipp vom 29.10.15

Ich ging nachBern – geht und wählt!

…. Und in Bern traf ich Ronnie Grob. Ja den, mit der Aktion “nachbern”. Der auf Wemakeit sein Projekt finanziert hat, mit der er über die Eidgenössischen Wahlen 2015 und deren Wähler berichtet. Ich hab da auch ein bisschen was zu beigetragen, respektive gespendet, weil ich Ronnie mag und die Aktion gut finde. Das von ihm initiierte Format 6 vor 9 gehört auch heute immer noch zu den täglichen Standards in meinem RSS-Reader.

Ronnie verbrannte sich dann im Parlamentssaal etwas die Finger, weil er auf eher unorthodoxe Art darüber berichtete, wie denn die Parlamentarier und -innen so sind, wenn sie da (par)lamentieren (sollten). er flog hochkant von der Tribüne. Ich fand’s schade und eher wenig angebracht; aber eben – das Neue ist halt so neu, gell lieber Parlamentsdienst.

Ronnie lud alle Spender seines Projekts zu einem Kaffee ein; erfreulicherweise waren wir beide mal zur gleichen Zeit am gleichen Ort (Bern – no surpise here) und wir beiden trafen uns zum Kaffee im Adrianos (Der Kenner schätzt ja guten Kaffee; egal, wo er gerade so ist).

Aus dem einen Kaffee wurden dann ein paar; die Diskussion mit Ronnie war angeregt, spannend und drehte sich mitnichten “nur” um Politik.

Er liess es sich nicht nehmen und porträtierte mich im Rahmen der Serie “Schweizer Wähler”- das Resultat ist hier zu lesen.

So, und nun liebe Schweizer Leser:

Nehmt eure Abstimmungsunterlagen raus und wählt!