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WATCH: Coros Shows Off Its Smart Bike Helmet

Cyclists can leave their headphones at home with the Bluetooth connected Coros Smart Helmet.

Now, even your helmet is “smart.”

With the Coros Smart Cycling Helmet, cyclists can leave their headphones at home. The helmet connects to a cyclist’s smartphone through Bluetooth and features a built-in microphone and stereo bone conduction speakers. That means cyclists can receive phone calls, map out their rides and listen to music without compromising their safety. An included remote control attaches to the handlebars, providing the ability to adjust volume, skip tracks, pause playback, or take calls without ever taking your hands off the handlebars.

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“The whole idea of it is: Yes, you are wearing a helmet and you can listen to music and answer phone calls, but at the same time you aren’t blocking yourself away from anything going on around you,” said Brandon Callahan, senior product manager at Coros, a Tustin, Calif.-based sports technology company.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cyclists accounted for 2.2 percent of all traffic deaths in 2016. At the same time, the research adds there’s been an increase in the number of people biking to work, which is why for Callahan a key feature of the helmet is its ability to send SOS emergency alerts, notifying contacts in your smartphone if you fall.

“In our app, you will set up a list of emergency contacts and it will send an SMS text to those contacts with an exact location of where you are,” said Callahan. “You have to be aware of everything. You can’t always rely on – I have a bike line I’m safe. You still have to know that there could be a car behind you and that’s really what our solution provides.”

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The helmet has a starting price of $150. It comes to market after a successful Kickstarter campaign, amassing $320,000 in 2016 – six times its $50,000 funding goal. Watch the video included in this article for more information on the Coros Linx Smart Cycling Helmet.

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