Sena Technologies, Inc. has been a leader in the powersports connectivity and communications market for a long time, with their add-on comms solutions and integrated designs appearing in many of the top manufacturer’s offerings. Many may not know that they also offer cycling helmets that deliver many of the same features that made them a leader in the powersports market. Now, Sena has opened up the option to stay connected no matter what helmet a rider chooses to wear with the new Pi universal intercom system
The new Pi Bluetooth Intercom allows the rider to rider communication via intercom – not to be confused with making a phone call, though it also features this function – the intercom is a 2-way HD system that functions much more like a walkie-talkie, with a range of a quarter-mile or 400 meters. 2 riders with Pi units or any of Sena’s Bluetooth integrated cycling helmets like the R1 or Rumba can connect for clear conversation while riding independently of cell phone or data service. I’ve used the R1 and Rumba to give my trailing riding partners a heads-up for an upcoming trail feature while mountain biking, and it’s saved me from a few detours when following other riders on a new trail.
In addition, the Pi unit features Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, allowing you to listen to your favorite playlist, hear GPS navigation instructions, and even make or receive phone calls – all hands free. I tested the R1’s phone call capability out on the road in high wind and was impressed by the noise attenuation that the mic has – calls were surprisingly clear and connectivity never had an issue.
The one qualm I had with the R1 was the fit – my noggin is right in between sizes for their headforms, and the Pi unit opens up the same technologies to any helmet-wearer, adding function to your favorite lid. To install, you simply attach the Pi unit to any helmet with a strap width of up to 18mm (0.7 inches). Two button layout keeps things simple and easy to use on the fly while riding.
The Sena Pi unit is available now for an MSRP of $99 USD.