Pippa Mann’s night came to an abrupt end on Saturday, when the No.18 Cyclops Gear car made unavoidable contact with the wall, having completed 68 laps of the MAVTV 500.
Mann had already endured a difficult weekend, but she took the green flag at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, and was lapping consistently in her Dale Coyne Racing machine. Just before the second round of pit stops, the Dragon Racing entry of Sebastian Saavedra got into trouble ahead of the No.18 car. The Columbian spun in front of Mann – his tyre coming away from the rim and across the track, leaving her with nowhere to go but up and into the wall.
Thankfully unscathed, Mann spoke about the incident: “That was a rough end to a tough weekend. The track was extremely slippery tonight, and we were battling a few handling issues out there, but I was learning all the time. I really feel for Sebastian, as it looked like he was having a good night, but I guess he had a cut tyre or something. Into turn three I saw his car snap sideways and sparks flew up as it hit the ground where the tyre came off the rim. There was nothing he could do about it, but unfortunately, it also left me with nowhere to go. I'm glad I managed to miss him and the tyre, but I bent some suspension on the outside wall. A rough end to the night for both of us, but I'm glad we're both okay.”
Mann’s team mate Justin Wilson also retired from the race after being involved in a multicar crash, when one of his tyres got caught up in the notorious seams in the track. Wilson was transferred to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center with complaints of lower back pain, and tests later revealed that he has non-operable pelvic fractures and a small pulmonary contusion.
Mann added: “It has been such a tough weekend for our entire team, and right now my main thoughts are with Justin, as opposed to what happened to me, and I sincerely hope he has a quick recovery. I’d also like to congratulate Scott Dixon on winning his third IndyCar championship – an awesome achievement and thoroughly deserved. And finally, I just want to take a moment to thank Dale Coyne Racing, Cyclops Gear and Honda, for getting me back out in an Indycar in 2013. This year might not have ended up on the note I was looking for, but I had the chance to work with some really amazing people this year at Dale Coyne Racing, and I am pleased to have brought the Cyclops Gear brand to IndyCar in 2013.”
If you’re aiming to take a bite out of the world of on-face camera recording, there’s a whole batch of ways to do it other than with Google’s Glass headset. One of these ways is with the brand Cyclops Gear. Here we’ve had the opportunity to have a look at a pair of HD video glasses by the name of CGLife 2 – these glasses aim to be the head-mounted video and photo camera you’ve always dreamed of – with or without lenses.
While you’ll not be rolling out with the same sleekness you’d have gotten with a pair of Google’s headwear, you’re also likely not part of the same pack of users wearing Cyclops Gear devices, either. Here you’ve got a pair of glasses that looks a lot more like something a high-action sportsperson would wear on the regular than something a tech-minded display-wearer would.
On that note – there’s no display. Here you’re working with a single physical button at your temple and a camera that sits between and a little above your eye line. Here you’ve got the ability to store your data on a microSD card, plug in to your computer with a USB cord for simple , and the ability to work with sunglasses right out of the box.
It’s not as if this pair of glasses is aiming at competing with Google Glass – instead you’ve got a whole different product category altogether.
The group that makes these glasses – Cyclops Gear, that is – started just 8 months ago (near the start of this year), and they plan on bringing on a variety of devices in the near future. They’ve got a pair of goggles in the pipeline and a scuba mask with a built-in display viewer – Wi-fi is coming too through a Fundable campaign, with models working in the future with a downloadable app for Android and iOS. What we’ve got here is one of their first – and most simple – models on the market.
Up front of this pair of CGLife 2 glasses you’ve got a camera that’s 15 megapixels strong and works with full HD 1080p video recording. Collecting images is as simple as a tap or a long-hold of the button cleverly integrated into the design of the side of the glasses, and the whole machine works with optional UV 400 polarized lenses. The box you get this pair of glasses in brings with it a lens cleaner cloth, instructions, a 4GB memory card, and a carrying case as well.
The whole setup will cost you a cool $149.99 – not half bad considering the prices of essentially every competitor out there today. Above you’ll see a set of tests we’ve done with an early version of these glasses – the full production model is now available from Cyclops Gear for sale...
Cyclops Gear , a maker of video cameras embedded in sunglasses and goggles is looking to expand their product line by using crowd-funding at Fundable.
Currently they have several nice products that can make any motorcycle rider into a video camera operator. Don on their Cyclops Gear CGLIFE 1080p Video Sunglasses and not only will you shade your eyes from the glaring sun and look cool at the same time, but you can also record your ride.
The sunglasses have a 15 megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p High Def video. In the full HD mode you can record at a frame rate of 30 FPS, but if you dial back the definition to 720P, you can record at 50 FPS.
The onboard battery will allow you to record up to 2 hours of video, and the images are stored on a Micro SD card (BYO).
Price: US$149.99 - US$169.99 (price depends on color of sunglasses)
These sunglasses are nice to record your ride with your riding buddies, but if you want to get out and play rough, you will need goggles, and Cyclops Gear provide those as well.
Called Cyclops Gear Moto the goggles provide 720p resolution with an integrated 12 megapixel camera and a frame rate of 30 FPS. You can get colored lenses, although the standard pack contains clear lenses, and it also contains a pack of tear off sheets for the lens. I just wonder if the tear off sheets also work for the camera lens, since if you need to clear your lens because of dirt and mud, chances are you camera can not see anything anymore.
Price: US$149.99 (color choice are black or white)
Cyclops Gear are looking at providing their products in very high def standard 1080p with Wifi, allowing you to view your images directly on a smartphone.
By going to their Fundable page, you can pledge money and thereby get your sunglasses or goggles cheaper, so it's worth it to go there.
Recording breath-taking action footage during outdoor activities can range from annoying to bothersome. The added nuisance of having to hold a smartphone or bulky recording equipment can hinder performance and even increase the risk of dangerous injuries. That’s why Cyclops Gear is looking to change the action sports game with their “Google Glass meets GoPro” inspired glasses.
Built for a wide range of activities such as skiing, snowboarding, biking, racing, fishing, wakeboarding, skydiving, and rock climbing, the Cyclops Gear CGLIFE2 glasses can record video and take photos in stunning 1080p resolution.
But that’s not all; these high-tech glasses are equipped with traditional UV protection to keep the eyes safe. Even more, the Cyclops Gear CGLIFE2 glasses offer WiFi streaming for easy uploading and downloading. Featuring over two hours of battery life, the CGLIFE2 is now available for $179 from crowd-funded site Fundable.
Pippa Mann has been tabbed to take over Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 18 Honda for this weekend’s Pocono IndyCar 400 at Pocono Raceway. The British competitor was last seen in the No. 18 at Texas Motor Speedway, where she was forced to bow out after just two laps due to an engine failure.
“The deal happening this weekend to put me back in an IndyCar really does come down to Dale Coyne,” said Mann, who will make her third start of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season (she also competed for DCR at the Indianapolis 500).
“Since the schedule was first announced, I’d wanted to run [at Pocono] if possible, especially with the Open Test, which would hopefully give me the opportunity to learn the track. The goal was to find a way for me to get in the car, and Dale worked tirelessly with us to make this race weekend happen. I’m incredibly grateful to him for the opportunity to get back in the No. 18 car, and I’m looking forward to carrying the Cyclops Gear colors again for the Pocono IndyCar 400.”
Neither Mann nor DCR teammate Justin Wilson had tested at the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle” prior to this afternoon’s Open Test session. Going into the session, Mann dubbed Pocono as a track that was “so different from anywhere [she has] been before.”
“I am expecting that we will have to make some pretty interesting compromises on the set-up, and working out which corners are the crucial ones to be fast, and to be able to follow and pass in the race will be important,” she said. “I’m looking forward to getting out on track and finding out more about ‘The Tricky Triangle’ first hand!”
The aforementioned Open Test ended with Marco Andretti topping the morning charts at 219.282 miles per hour, ahead of Helio Castroneves (218.716), Ryan Hunter-Reay (218.128), Tony Kanaan (217.918) and Will Power (217.782)...
Villeneuve Set To Compete At GP3RJoins Steckly And Dumoulin At 22 Racing
MIRABEL, Quebec, Canada -- Following a press conference on Monday at Circuit ICAR to promote the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event at Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres, the Dodge Dealers of Quebec introduced their driver.
Jacques Villeneuve will compete in the 2013 edition the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres in a 22 Racing-prepared Dodge Challenger with partners Dodge, Couche-Tard and Julia Wine.
“I am thrilled to have Jacques racing one of our cars at Trois Rivieres,” commented team owner and driver Scott Steckly. “It is an honor for us to have him in the seat of a 22 Racing Dodge for this event as Jacques is a world-class driver. With the talent of our three teams we should be a threat to win.”
“It was a great test day today,” stated Dumoulin Competition and Scott Steckly teammate L.P. Dumoulin. “It was awesome to test with Jacques in his Dodge Dealers of Quebec-sponsored car prepared by Scott and his 22 Racing team. He will be a great addition to our team in Trois Rivieres.”
Jacques Villeneuve won the 1995 CART Championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and the 1997 Formula One World Championship, making him only the third driver along with Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi to achieve such a feat. Jacques Villeneuve last raced at the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres in 2009.
“I was very pleased with the set up that Scott and the team put under the car today,” said Jacques Villeneuve after practice. “This is probably only once in my career that I jumped into a car and it was good right out of the box. I am very excited to race at Trois Rivieres.”
The JuliaWine.com 100 at Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres is the 8th event of the twelve-race NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule this year and is set for Aug 11th. For more information please visit www.gp3r.com
Pippa Mann and Cyclops Gear are set to race this weekend with Dale Coyne Racing, in the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Mann will drive the No.18 Cyclops Gear branded machine, in what will be her first race appearance on the a 1.5 mile oval track, based just outside the city of Fort Worth in Texas. Mann does however have some experience of the speedway’s 24 degree banking and wide racing surface, having tested an IndyCar there at the beginning of 2011.
The news of Mann’s participation in Texas this weekend follows her strong performance at last month’s Indianapolis 500, where she piloted the No.63 Cyclops Gear / Dale Coyne Racing entry. Mann qualified in 30th despite being out of an Indycar for 18 months and never previously having driven the DW12.
Speaking about the announcement, Mann said: "After the Indy 500, I knew that overall our month of May had gone well, and that there was a chance I might have the opportunity to get back in a car for the Texas race. However, I wasn't sure whether it was going to happen or not until everything got confirmed this past weekend while the team was in Detroit.
“Texas Motor Speedway actually has some pretty special memories for me, because it was the venue of my first ever Indycar outing. That test with Conquest Racing led to my first Indy 500 in 2011, so I'm really looking forward to going back there for the race this weekend. I know driving the DW12 will be pretty different from the last time I drove at that track, but the Cyclops Gear car was great at Indy and I'm definitely ready to be reunited with her in Texas!"
Co-founder of Cyclops Gear, Alain Lord Mounir, added: “Cyclops Gear was thrilled to be able to support Pippa’s entry into this year’s Indianapolis 500. We have been extremely pleased to see the increased level of interest and awareness of Cyclops Gear products since showcasing them at such a fantastic sporting event as the Indy 500. Sales of Cyclops Gear recording eyewear have doubled in the last few weeks, and we are delighted to be able to continue our support of Pippa for the race in Texas.”
The Firestone 550 is scheduled to get underway at 8:40 pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. The 550km race – the first night race of the year - will be broadcast live on ABC, with pre-race coverage starting at 8:30 pm (EDT)...
Narrowly missing out on Pole Day, Mann and the Dale Coyne Racing team returned for Bump Day and rolled the No.63 Cyclops Gear car into the qualification line. With 10 drivers vying for the nine remaining starting positions, it was crucial for Mann to get a clean run, and with track temperatures rising, they wanted to do so as soon as possible.
Exiting pit lane for their Bump Day attempt, Mann brought the No.63 Cyclops Gear car up to speed, reaching 222.812 mph on her warm-up lap before she took the green flag.
Lap one was an impressive 224.649 mph, and the Briton followed that up with two more laps in the 224 mph region, however the final lap dropped down to 223.075 mph, bringing Mann’s four-lap average to 224.005 mph.
Regardless, it was a good run for the 29 year-old – who hasn’t been in an Indycar for 18 months and until last week, had never driven the DW12.
Speaking about qualifying for her second Indianapolis 500, Mann said: “I’m much happier than I was this time yesterday! That was a nice run and we almost had four really clean laps in, however the wind must have picked up and on my last qualifying lap, I got rammed hard into the rev limiter. That caused us to lose a lot of speed, and likely cost us about a mile per hour which explains the drop off on that fourth lap. But we did enough and that’s what matters!
“Overall I’m pleased with the run we had today, and really happy with what the whole team has achieved over these last few weeks. It would have been great to get back out there this afternoon and do some race running, but we were a little too close to the bubble and nervous. However, it was a wonderful feeling as those nerves began to dissipate and we started to smile and realize we’d made it in. I cannot thank Dale Coyne, Cyclops Gear and Honda enough for the opportunity they have given me.”
The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to get underway at 12:00 (ET) on Sunday, May 26. The No.63 Cyclops Gear will be back on track for the final time before then during Carb Day practice from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm on Friday, May 24...
Team CyclopsGear is pleased to announce that Pippa Mann will be racing for us in the 2013 Indy 500 race
Team CyclopsGear is proud to sponsor famed driver Pippa Mann as she begins her second start at the Indy 500.
“We are huge Pippa fans. She is the epitome of professionalism and talent. A tribute to the sport of racing and a delight to everyone who knows her on and off the track,” says Mark Krause, CEO of Cyclops Gear.
The 29 year-old, who was born in London, will join fellow Briton Justin Wilson and Brazil’s Ana Beatriz to complete three Dale Coyne racing entries into the 97th running of the Indy 500.
Pippa Mann became the first British woman in history to qualify for and race for the Indy 500. During the race, she moved up 12 positions to finish in 20th place, despite a mechanical problem with her on-board water supply that left her severely dehydrated by the end of the race...
Team Cyclopsgear is proud to announce that Martin Plowman will be racing for us in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Just in time for the holidays!!! Cyclops Gear 720 snow goggles are ready to hit the slopes.
HD Snow Series 720 Goggles. Switch between Video/Audio, Audio and Camera mode. The goggles contains a 136 degree (FOV) wide angle lens to capture all the action. The goggles shoot video in HD 720P video at a rate up to 30 frames per second. The Goggles can hold a Micro SD/SDHC Card up to 32 GB. The camera is capable of recording thousands of photos at 12 Megs each or hours of HD video and can be downloaded to a computer through the High Speed USB cable provided or through the Micro SD/SDHC card.
Cyclops Gear is proud to annouce that we have released our first product.
Our HD Black and HD Camo Sunglasses
Both Glasses Record both Video and Audio and take Photo's. Click Here to get your pair now!!
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