The new Sena Bluetooth-integrated cycling helmet allows cyclists to communicate in a group within a half-mile radius – and is safer without ear buds.
Sena, which specialises in Bluetooth innovation for motorsports, action sports, and outdoor activities has just released the new R1 model, a sleeker variation of the company’s original X1 helmet, which allows the wearer to pair their smartphone and hear GPS directions, listen to music, take phone calls, and even hear instant feedback and cues from fitness apps monitoring stats such as speed, cadence, and heart rate without distraction – all through Bluetooth 4.1 technology.
The R1 edition of the Sena Bluetooth-integrated cycling helmet features a communication system which even allows users to talk via intercom with up to three other riders with a half-mile range.
“Whether cyclists are training for their next big race, or simply enjoying a ride with family, the R1 offers user-friendly communication solutions in any situation,” said Sena CEO Tae Kim. “Helmet to helmet communication along with smartphone connectivity offer users endless possibilities when riding with the all new R1.”
Riders can navigate through the helmet’s features with the three-button control integrated directly into helmet. Speakers placed above the ear offer a safer alternative to riding with in-ear buds. The R1 is designed with an in-mold polycarbonate shell, and will soon be available featuring Multi-Directional Impact Protection Technology.
Sena offers a two year warranty for issues with the technology within the Sena Bluetooth-integrated cycling helmet. Future firmware updates will keep the R1 up to date with the latest software from Sena.
The R1 will retail for US$229 (€259, including VAT), while the MIPS version will retail for $249 (€279, including VAT).