Our dig­i­tal fu­ture

Motorcyclist - - Garage - —Chris Can­tle

have no DOUBT that tech­nol­ogy is com­ing for your pre­cious mo­tor­cy­cling time. Sena is lead­ing the charge, ex­pand­ing from com­pelling ac­ces­sory com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies into hel­mets that pack­age their phonecon­nected in­ter­com and Blue­tooth sys­tems into pro­tec­tive gear, for­sak­ing the mid­dle­man. In the­ory, it makes sense. With con­trol over shell shapes and pad­ding po­si­tion­ing, a hel­met like the Mo­men­tum INC can be en­gi­neered with op­ti­mized au­dio fidelity, an­tenna place­ment, and er­gonomics. There’s even the abil­ity to in­clude noise-can­cel­ing tech­nol­ogy. But Sena’s first pass at a holis­tic sys­tem falls short, de­spite its the­o­ret­i­cal ad­van­tages.

Ear cups de­signed to iso­late and im­prove sound add pres­sure points to an al­ready ill-fit­ting lid. The but­tons in­te­grated into the shell are still fid­dly, with some­times comic re­sults. While prod­ding for the INC’S noise-can­cel­ing but­ton, for in­stance, it’s all too easy to ac­ti­vate an ambient noise-am­pli­fy­ing fea­ture. At speed, the newly in­tro­duced racket will cur­dle the blood.

In­no­va­tions take time to get right. Con­sider the cell­phone—or the mo­tor­cy­cle it­self. It might not be ready for prime time, but if your head hap­pens to fit the Mo­men­tum INC, you can squeeze your­self into a pre­view of mo­tor­cy­cling’s dig­i­tal fu­ture.

C the sena Mo­men­tum inc is fea­ture-rich but not quite ready for prime time.


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