Ericsson may have stopped producing and designing Bluetooth chipsets but the technology seems to be increasing in popularity and is finding its way into parts that it previously hasn’t reached.
A great example is the first motorcycle helmet to integrate a Bluetooth headset.
A collaboration between Motorola and Italian designers Momodesign, what’s really remarkable is that no one has thought of it before.
While car drivers are used to be able to drive and talk at the same, up to now it’s not been possible for motorcycle drivers. This could be very useful for those who need to stay in touch while out and about, such as couriers, who can now talk on the phone without having to stop and get off their bikes. Taking and making calls is done by controls located on the cover of the helmet, which include functions such as answer, end, redial, voice dial and volume.
Built on the award-winning Motorola HS810, the microphone equipped headset contains a noise reducing microphone to help minimise wind and traffic noise.
Battery life is given at five hours talk time and 100 hours standby and the headset can be removed from the helmut for charging.
The Motorola wireless helmet headset will also be available as an aftermarket kit. The kit, containing the helmet adapter, Bluetooth headset module and charger, will attach to your own helmet with the included 3M adhesive.
Both the Momodesign helmut and the after-market units are compatible with any Bluetooth enabled handset.
Pricing is unannounced at present but availability is expected in early Q1 2005.