Coros Wearables, Inc., announced the launch of LINX, the first smart cycling helmet that uses bone conduction technology in lieu of ear buds to let riders safely listen to their music, receive calls, communicate with other bikers and more with full awareness of cars and their imme- diate surroundings. The LINX smart helmet is available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
“LINX is a smart cycling helmet for people who want to enjoy key features of their phone while cycling, all without the hassles of ear buds, wires, and distractions,” said Coros president and co- founder Chuck Frizelle in a Sept. 7 press release. “Our unique approach to precision audio is akin to today’s must-haves in your car; seamless, wireless access to your personal music and calls without distraction so you can focus on the road.”
The LINX smart cycling helmet uses bone conduction technology placed on the helmet straps, which rests on the rider’s cheekbones and allows the rider to hear without safety issues caused by using ear buds. Bone conduction sends small vibrations directly to the inner ear and bypasses the ear canal and eardrum, leaving the ear completely open and aware of external noises such as cars or conversations with fellow riders. The LINX helmet also has a wind-resistant microphone near the forehead for two-way communications and offers emergency noti cations for high impact crashes.
In addition, LINX ships with a wireless smart remote so the rider can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the bars while controlling their media and calls with the tap of a button. Music, data alerts, phone calls, GPS navigation and more connect to the LINX helmet from the rider’s smart phone to the Coros app via Bluetooth 4.0.
Coros tested the pre-release LINX smart helmet during the Seattle to Portland (STP) ride, one of the largest U.S. bike events with 10,000 cyclists. Throughout the 200-mile journey, riders listened to music to stay inspired and gave periodic ride updates via calls.
“It was amazing to be able to listen to music with my ears completely open to automobiles, other bikers, and conversations with teammates,” said Mike Gill-More, a one-day STP Coros rider. “I was impressed to hear how well bone conduction audio works and how comfortable it was resting on my cheek for 200 miles.”