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by Shane Stokes
December 6, 2017
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Coros debuted its Linx smart helmet last year, equipped with integrated *bone conduction headphones* and a built-in microphone that allowed riders to listen to music, take calls, or hear smartphone-powered turn-by-turn directions, all without shutting out ambient noise. The company is now following up on that initial effort with a new Omni model.
Omni incorporates the same headphones and microphone as the Linx, but adds an array of red LEDs along the rear edge for enhanced daytime and nighttime visibility, all of which can be controlled by a handlebar-mounted wireless remote. Other features include a new built-in accelerometer that works with the paired smartphone app to send automatic alerts if a crash is detected, a removable visor, a built-in USB-rechargeable Li-ion battery, and far more original styling than the distinctly Specialized S-Works Evade-like Linx.
Coros is currently offering the Omni through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which will run until the end of the calendar year. Prices start at US$99.