Bike Helmet Conducts Audio Through Your Bones

Coros Linx

After running a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, Coros is now ready to ship its Link Smart Helmet to the masses. Featuring open-ear bone conduction audio and a high quality microphone, the helmet connects to your phone for music, calls, voice navigation and voice data, and to communicate with another Linx rider.

In lieu of earbuds, Coros makes use of bone conduction technology. The device sits on the helmet straps where sound waves are converted into vibrations and delivered through your upper cheekbones. The cochlea receives the vibrations, bypassing the ear canal and ear drum. Why is this important? Because that means your ears remain open and unimpeded so you can hear your surroundings as you ride, such as cars and other potentially dangerous obstacles. A wind-resistant microphone in the helmet allows for two-way communication.

For setup, simply charge the helmet, and push the On button to activate it. You then pair the helmet with your phone, and that’s it. The helmet has a USB re-chargeable battery with more 10+ hours of play/talk time.

The Linx Smart Helmet comes with a Smart Remote that allows for volume control, forward tracks, pause/play, and take calls. The compact remote has a flexible mounting system to affix to all types of handlebars and the buttons are easy to find by feel so you can keep their eyes on the road.

Coros created both an iOS and Android app to go with the helmet where you can manage GPS ride details, stats, routes, voice navigation and voice data. The app delivers voice navigation prompts and key ride stats to your helmet like speed, distance, time, pace, calorie burn, and more.

The Linx helmet even includes an emergency alert system that is triggered when the G-sensor senses significant impact — this sends an alert with GPS notification to any person you designate.

The Linx Smart Helmet retails for $199.99 and is available for order from the Coros website.

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