In a generation that has been revolutionised by the introduction of smart technology even the humble cycle helmet is now smart.
The device has been designed to reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists. Featuring a wireless headset that attaches to the helmet and straps to the users cheek or jawbone transmits the audio via ‘bone conduction’ technology. This involves sound waves vibrating against the bones before reaching the cochlea, which transmits to the brain – the process bypasses the ear canal and eardrums, allowing users to hear their surroundings.
Each year thousands of cyclists are seriously injured on UK roads, but start-up business Coros believe its helmet will significantly reduce this figure worldwide.
The Coros LINX helmet weighs 400g (made from a waterproof polycarbonate shell with EPS impact foam lining the inside) and allows you to wirelessly listen to music, podcasts and also make phone calls by connecting via Bluetooth to your phone. The device is mounted to the handlebars and can be used to adjust volume, pause, skip songs and answer/reject calls. It has a ten-hour battery life and takes one and a half hours to charge with a USB cable.
The helmet also allows cyclists who are wearing the helmet to communicate each other via the group communication tool. It also has an emergency alert system, which notifies an emergency contact when the helmet experiences significant impact.
Chuck Frizelle, CEO of US-based Coros, said: “We are trying to solve the big problem that exists of people listening to music while they’re cycling. LINX is a smart cycling helmet for people who want to enjoy the key features of their phone while cycling without enduring the hassle of ear buds and wires.
“It would be great if in a few years we can look back and see that we have actually effected cyclists’ injury rates, that’s the ultimate goal.”
The Coros LINX is available to buy from the crowdfunding site at a start price of £75 for early birds and £150 after it hits the shelves.