A German tech start-up called Headwave has devised a special gadget that promises to turn your helmet into a concert hall. Called the Headwave TĀG, the device uses a special acoustic technique to channel sound into you helmet, promising wireless music playback from smart devices as well.
Released in the market earlier this year, the TĀG capsule was designed to fit a wide variety of helmet designs using high-strength adhesive. Mounted on the back of a helmet, the capsule was homologated to stick on the helmet even when travelling at speeds of up to 250km/h.
Besides that, the device has also received an IP67 certification, meaning it is totally protected against dust and against the effects of water emersion between 15cm to 1 metre. Headwave has also further added an element of shock protection too. The capsule runs on batteries that are rechargeable via USB, promising long usability between 6 to 8 hours too.
How the Headwave TĀG works is rather simple. It uses a special transponder to produce vibrations inside the helmet shell, using the shell itself as a resonance chamber. The sound direction is focused only on the inside, leaving just a faint buzz on the outside as claimed by Headwave. Headwave also states that the TĀG’s sound quality is qualitative, but this is a claim that hasn’t been independently verified just yet.
Nevertheless, the overall engineering has potential thanks to its ability to connect with any Bluetooth smart device. Besides streaming your favourite playlist from your smartphone or Bluetooth enabled media player, you could also connect your smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled GPS unit with the TĀG to receive vocal guidance i.e. Waze.
The only downside to the Headwave TĀG is the absence of a microphone, meaning hands-free phone functions aren’t available yet. This is not a serious problem as most riders are advised against using their phones whilst riding anyways.
The Headwave TĀG can be purchased online via its official site, www.headwave.de and is priced at €299 each with free worldwide shipping.