Communicator – the 1st thought that comes to mind in terms of phones is the Nokia Communicator series that was famous before the “droid invasion”. Here in question is this small device sitting on the helmet bleeding blue, well actually flashing a blue light that indicates that the device is in use. The BT intercom Headset distributed by Sakri promises to provide in helmet audio entertainment while on the go.
With the increasing traffic, extended commute time is inevitable. Initially being content with the sound of the fuel guzzling vehicles (including my own), the thought using one was pretty much out of the picture for the time being at least. Going online the first time at a breakfast ride organised to a hotel on the Pune Nasik Highway. En-route to Pune it became convenient communicating with the lead rider as well as answering phone calls. While it did offer the “upto 500m” Range on straights it came down to about 250m on bends through mountain passes. Having said that, I also put the jukebox on my phone to use was quite impressed with its sound quality. Interestingly the device worked for about 12 hours providing me with the ability to communicate with the fellow rider who was leading the group and thereafter attending to phone calls(much to the surprise of the unexpected callers) who were baffled when I told them I was on the go and to prove had to open the helmet visor so that the mic perched neatly behind the chin ventilator could capture the noise around. Yes, the rubberised power button does take some getting used to.
Well I wasn’t convinced already and wanted to explore its functionalities and long term use prospects, its been 3 months of on and off usage be it through sunshine or the unexpected downpour the device has till now stood the sands of time and battery backup, of course.Among it salient features as we have tested this as a 2 way intercom, a hands-free, it use in rain and are looking forward to using it with more than 2 devices in the future.