Gear | September 8, 2016 9:00 am

This Is the Swiss Army Knife of Bike Helmets

Music? Phone calls? Navigation? It's got you, fam.

Most bike helmets don’t do much but look goofy and stop the inside of your head from spilling all over the street.

But the folks at a Seattle startup wanted to do more for your noggin, so they made a helmet that can play music, give directions, take calls and collect data about your ride. 

Those functions are a nice upgrade, but the coolest part of the Coros LINX Smart Cycling Helmet is that it uses bone conduction to transmit sounds and vibrations to its wearer’s inner ear via a pair of discs that reside on their cheekbones, leaving the ears uncovered and able to listen to the outside world.

The Bluetooth-connected helmet — which is meant to help bicyclists who ride while listening to music do so a little more safely — connects with your smartphone and a miniature, handlebar-mounted remote to relay data, music and calls. It can also send an emergency alert after a crash.

“It’s nice because you can actually jump on a conference call while you’re riding into work, and another while you’re riding home,” Coros CEO Chuck Frizelle told Fast Company.

The LINX is available for preorder on Kickstarter for $100 ($200 MSRP) and starts shipping this fall.