Vertix Wireless Helmet Communication

Wireless communication has been around for several years in the sport of professional bicycle racing.  Team managers use it communicate back and forth with their riders during races.  Vertix has it’s own wireless communication solution, but this one is added into motorcycle helmets.

The Vertix hardware comes in a couple of different styles so that it can be used with both full-face and open-face helmets.  Both the speaker and microphone can be easily mounted to almost any helmet.  In fact, they claim an installation time of only minutes.  The buttons can easily be tapped while riding to allow communication with other riders in your group or access to a cell phone.  The units can paired with a group of up the three riders, and of course between rider and passenger as well.  The published range for communication is 500 meters, but Vertix claims it can sometimes reach up to 1 km.  One final feature, a handlebar-mounted remote control will be coming out soon.  The MSRP is $160 and you can find out more at the Vertix site.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Vertix Raptor Helmet Communicator

Vertex Raptor II Helmet Communicator

Veteran biker, Andy “Hog” McCaskey, checks out Vertix‘s Raptor helmet communicator. Let’s roll!

Vertix Raptor-i is a Bluetooth-based helmet communication system that brings together phone, intercom, radio and music player functions into a single unit. It’s perfect for any activity where wearing a helmet is the norm including motorcycling, motorport and skiing.

A microphone and speaker are fitted inside the helmet and Raptor unit goes on the outside. The unit’s controls are designed to be operated with gloves on and a remote control will be available in a few month’s time. Noise-cancellation and auto-gain control to ensure that voices can be heard clearly even at speed.

For the intercom function, two Raptor units can be paired together so that rider and pillion can talk or two riding buddies can chat between bikes.

The MSRP for the Vertix Raptor-i is $160 and it’s available now.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net.

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