Sena's Noise-Cancelling Smart Helmet Is Here To Save Your Hearing
For motorcycle riders, the struggle to maintain your hearing while riding long distances or at highway speeds is real. Earplugs can help, but only to a certain degree. Headphones work wonders, but because they’re just adding more sound to drown out the wind noise, they tend to be even worse for your ears, and are even illegal in some states. Motorcycle tech company Sena believes it has come up with a solution to save a rider’s hearing. What Sena has built is the first noise-canceling helmet. Noise-canceling headphones have been on the market for quite some time, and work by counteracting steady noises with a microphone, “generating the exact negative of the ambient sound.” Sena’s Smart Helmet uses the same technology to cancel out wind and road noise. RELATED: Why Good Helmets Matter
The new Smart Helmet features twin ear cups and four microphones hooked up to what Sena call an Intelligent Noise-Control Module at the base of the helmet on its left side. The control module has two settings, and each is adjustable on the fly while riding.
The first setting will actually counteract distracting and potentially harmful noises like wind, but allow for sirens and horns to not impair the rider from potential road hazards. The second setting is said to be as if you were six-feet underground with a pair of earplugs. Total silence, or so Sena claims.
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The new helmet was first shown to the public at last week’s American International Motorcycle Expo, and was built into a fully carbon fiber helmet. This helmet is a first for the company, which is more widely known for its aftermarket tech packages that go into pre-existing helmets.
The Sena Smart Helmet will come in five different colors, and go on sale early next year. However, Sena has not released any pricing at this time, but we expect it to be very near $1,000 when it finally debuts.
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