BE Headwear has achieved the Kickstarter funding for its BE-Link 4.0 helmet-mounted sound system.
The fourth generation product has components that measure 47mm x 42mm x 11mm, and a new Kradle mounting system allows you to attach it easily to different helmets for various activities – not just cycling but motorcycling, skateboarding, and so on.
“Turn-by-turn navigation, Strava or your favourite mix can be in your ear without cutting you off from the world and becoming a danger to yourself and those around you,” says BE Headwear.
You can control the sound through your phone or via the Be-Link Bluetooth external controller that you can mount to your handlebar. This allows you to change tracks and answer your phone, for example. It also comes with a USB attachable boom mic for talking on your phone.
BE Headwear claims a 2-3hr charge time and 8-10hrs of use.
If you want to be in line for the version with a handlebar mount you need to pledge at least US$137 (about £104). BE Headwear says that it will ship anywhere in the world with a delivery date expected to be December 2016. All the usual Kickstarter rules apply.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.