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Bluetooth Enabled Motorcycle Helmet


January 20, 2004

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Motorola and MOMODESIGN have announced their first Bluetooth enabled motorcycle helmet that will make it possible for motorcycle riders to scoot around town and stay connected. Built on the award-winning design of Motorola’s popular HS810, the wireless helmet headset is the latest addition to Motorola’s leading portfolio of stylish and innovative Bluetooth products.

The helmet is unfortunately only available in an open-face helmet at this stage, with the design drawing inspiration from air force pilots helmets, with carbon fibre detailing a prominent design element.

According to the information available at this point, taking and making calls will be easy as all functions (answer, end, redial, voice dial and volume) can be made from the cover on the helmet.

There will also be no need to break in the conversation when you get off the bike; just remove the headset module from the helmet, attach it to the neck loop and continue talking.

The Motorola wireless helmet headset is manufactured with a noise reducing microphone to help minimise traffic and wind noise when riding at highway speed, as well as a water proof cover designed to withstand whatever nature throws at you.

The battery lasts for up to five hours talktime and 100 hours standby time, so you won’t need to charge it too often. When you do, just remove the headset module from the helmet and plug in!

The Motorola wireless helmet headset also will be available as an aftermarket kit. The kit, containing the helmet adapter (microphone, speaker, cover), Bluetooth headset module, lanyard and charger, would easily attach to a consumer’s own helmet with the included strong 3M adhesive. Both solutions are universal, making them compatible with any Bluetooth enabled handset.

The product is expected to become available in Q1 2005.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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