Longer version: 100 watts for 10 minutes in the context of an hour-long cyclocross race is enough to turn an also-ran into a winner. It would be decisive in most road races other than out-and-out bunch sprints as well.
As far as drag goes, that's negligible by all reports. Avoiding drag when a power source is not providing propulsion is a very well-studied problem.
Doesn't mean that academics have any time or incentive to do anything based on it.
Academics are not rated on their actual teaching performance, they are rated on a) grant money brought in, c) research money brought in... y) pass rates, z) student satisfaction surveys. Note the complete absence of whether students actually learn anything as an evaluation criteria.
But, then, the universities that employ them aren't really rated on teaching quality either. While there is good teaching happening in the Ivy League and other top-rated institutions, there's also a hell of a lot of coasting on the smarts and work ethic of the students they select.
Connecting via SSH over a conventional network isn't as easy as it sounds. For one, university WiFi networks are flaky, and there are no spare Ethernet ports that students can plug things into in our labs. And configuring the WiFi will require students to have access to an SD card reader on their PC (which isn't standard on lab PCs, so we'll need a bunch of USB ones). Then students will have to find out what the IP address of *their* pi is (the dhcp servers are run by University central IT and we have no access to it) without the ability to look at a screen connected to the pi...
So, for my application, being able to plug a device into the USB port and SSH to it is a big advantage.
However, I'm leaning towards using the Beaglebone Black rather than the Pi Zero or even the standard Pi, on the following grounds:
All in all, the BBB looks to have much lower barriers to entry, despite the higher cost of the units - and I don't think my usage scenario is that unique.
You will note an oversupply of:
Established technology tends to persist in the face of new technology. -- G. Blaauw, one of the designers of System 360