Domio adds voice communication to its rad helmet audio system with the Pro

domio pro helme audio system domio1

Many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy listening to music while they’re skiing, mountain biking, or rock climbing — but these sports pose physical risks and it is recommended that participants wear helmets, which can interfere with the use of standard headphones. Traditional helmet audio systems are not ideal either, as they can block out the sounds around you, leaving you less aware of your surroundings.

The innovative company Domio Sports attempted to solve this problem with the invention of the original Domio — a wireless device that mounts to the helmet and provides for a surround sound experience only the wearer can hear — while still allowing you to take in the noises around you. After successfully launching its first campaign and shipping the product worldwide, the company has returned to the drawing board. Now, it’s focused on enhancing the surround sound experience and integrating a voice communication feature. The result is the Domio Pro, a similar device that serves as both an audio and voice communication system.

The Domio Pro also mounts to the outside of the helmet but transfers sound to the inside of the helmet utilizing a technology called micro-vibration, resulting in a powerful surround sound experience without blocking out exterior noise. While the original Domio served the same purpose, what makes the Domio Pro stand out from its predecessor is the integration of a fully wireless Air Mic, as well as a state-of-the-art beam-forming, noise-cancelling microphone that allows for unprecedented connectivity and voice clarity. The device easily snaps onto any helmet and is ensured to stay in place with the use of powerful adhesive. The best part? No wires, speakers, or earbuds required.

The Air Mic features a rubberized, overmolded single control button, an LED power light indicator, and a snap-in mount. The device is powered by the latest Bluetooth version and can be paired wirelessly with any phone. The micro-USB rechargeable battery provides for 24 hours of continuous playtime. In addition, the device is water resistant, making it ideal for snow sports. The Domio Pro works with most helmets and can be mounted on the top, on the side, or on the back of the helmet.

Although crowdfunding projects are not guaranteed, the company’s successful track record bodes well for future production of this product. A $130 pledge on the company’s Kickstarter campaign page gives you the best chance of receiving a Domio Pro helmet audio device with the new Air Mic, two Air Mic mounting clips, and two Domio Pro mounts.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Product Review

Audio-Technica's M50xBT headphones bring signature studio sound to the streets

Audio pros may balk at cutting the cord on studio headphones, but it’s hard to argue with these results. Audio-Technica’s wireless ATH-M50xBT offer massive battery life and killer sound you can take anywhere.
Deals

The best Apple AirPods alternatives for Android, Windows, and iOS devices

Apple AirPods might be new and improved, but they aren't the only game in town. Other makers are offering their own truly wireless earbuds, with attractive features. These are the best AirPod alternatives on the market today.
Product Review

Simple and reliable, Apple's AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds

Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones have dominated the market essentially since they hit stores in December 2016. Though not without some faults, they cracked the connectivity code to rank among the best fully wireless earbuds you can…
Outdoors

This ebike is so good it won a prestigious design award

The Gazelle Arroyo C8 Elite ebike picked up a prestigious IF Design Award, scoring high marks for its comfort and balance, while also looking good and offering excellent range at an affordable pice.
Home Theater

Get loud with the best outdoor speakers to rock your party in any weather

From rugged, solar-powered backwoods listening companions to floating pool party jam boxes, the best outdoor speakers partner with your lifestyle to let you listen to your favorite tunes wherever you go.
Mobile

App schools fishing fans on the best time and place to hook that dream catch

Fishbrain, a fishing social network and forecasting app, has introduced BiteTime, a new feature that takes the guesswork out of when and where you are most likely to catch a certain species of fish.
Outdoors

Hyperlite’s new 2-person tent weighs slightly more than two bags of marshmallows

Hyperlite Mountain Gear took the wraps off its new ultralight Dirigo 2 tent. Weighing only 28 ounces, the Dirigo 2 is the company's first self-contained, three-season, two-person shelter.
Deals

REI cuts prices on Osprey, Patagonia, and The North Face backpacks

Whether you're hiking, camping, or traveling, you're always going to need a decent bag to carry your things in. And with REI's Outlet sale going on right now, it's is a perfect time to pick one up for cheap.
Deals

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…
Outdoors

Yamaha’s Wabash ebike takes on gravel, single track, and more

The Wabash gravel ebike from Yamaha gives riders a versatile and powerful option for riding trails, pavement, mud, sand, dirt, and more, with plenty of range and power for all-day adventures.
Health & Fitness

Under Armour HOVR is more than a running shoe, it’s a fitness tracker

Under Armour HOVR running shoes bring more to the table than just a comfortable fit. With UA's Record Sensor technology, you can track distance, duration, and even the path you take as you run.
Outdoors

Trek’s new bike helmet is 48 times safer than the one you’re wearing

Trek and Bontrager have taken the wraps off of a new cycling helmet that uses WaveCel technology to dramatically reduce head injuries by dispersing the impact in a way that is 48 times safer than current helmets.
Deals

Under Armour cuts prices on waterproof backpacks with this outlet sale

Under Armour built its name on athletic clothing, but this maker also offers great bags and backpacks for everyday use. If you're looking for a waterproof backpack to keep your stuff out of the rain, Under Armour’s ongoing sale might have…