Long have a myriad of devices existed for motorcycle riders to communicate to one and other with. For cyclists, though, it’s a bit different of a game, since they’re trying to reduce weight and drag as much as possible. After all, they’re powered by their own legs, not a hefty, gas guzzling engine.
The HIOD One is a pocket sized device that not only connects you to your phone, but lets you chat with other HIOD One users. In the box you’ll find a set of headphones, a noise canceling mic that attaches to your helmet’s strap, a voice box and a control unit with an OLED screen. The control box straps to your handle bars, while the voice unit includes its own arm mount.
The whole get up pairs with your smartphone over Bluetooth, allowing you take calls as well as playback music on your smartphone. It’s not entirely clear how it works, but you can communicate with up to five other HIOD One users directly, one at a time, provided they’re within a 400 meter of proximity using some sort of proprietary Bluetooth connection. And if your smartphone boasts voice control, it’s compatible with that as well.
As of today, HIOD has yet to open their web shop. But if you’re willing, you can enter your email address and they’ll let you know once it’s available for purchase. We’re seeing an EU oriented charger in their unboxing video, so chances are it will launch there first, but since it is also USB based, it might be a moot issue.