Sena Technologies has been in operation since 1998 and their communication devices are regarded as some of the best on the market for motorcycling (or any sport requiring a helmet with integrated communication). Perhaps it’s their approach to product design that has grown them such a loyal following.
“We boldly lay our visions on the table to be critiqued and reshaped before we experiment and refine every technical detail, every design decision, and every material used until it’s just right. Then, we take our ideas for a ride ourselves to see if they can keep up with our own untamed senses of adventure…and revise them again. We are all motorcycle riders and technology enthusiasts here at Sena, including our CEO. So when we develop new products, we go to great lengths to ensure the final version is everything we dreamed it could be…and everything our customers expect it to be.”
Speaking of new products, Sena has just released two: the 5S intercom and the Outrush helmet. They’ve also released a new firmware update for their mesh communication system, called Mesh 2.0.
Let’s start with Mesh 2.0
According to Wikipedia (I know, I know), a mesh network is “a local network topology in which the infrastructure nodes (i.e., bridges, switches, and other infrastructure devices) connect directly, dynamically, and non-hierarchically to as many other nodes as possible and cooperate with one another to efficiently route data from/to clients.”
In the case of Sena’s devices, Mesh 2.0 uses a new algorithm and routing method that provides users with improved audio clarity, thanks to as much as 80 percent better data transfer between users. Sena devices using Mesh technology create the most efficient communication routes between devices and also improve communication range by piggybacking off of one another.
The Sena Mesh 2.0 intercom system allows for communication of up to 5 miles with a minimum of 6 users at 1-mile intervals and supports a maximum of 24 users simultaneously.
To find out if your Sena device is compatible with Mesh 2.0 and to download the firmware update, visit Sena’s software support page here.
New Products from Sena
5S – This new “feature-rich and value-packed intercom system” hits the market at the wallet-friendly price of $159. The new Sena 5S is a Bluetooth 5 communication system that is modeled off of the successful SMH5, with the addition of a sleek new LCD display. Other notable improvements include:
- Updated HD Speakers: Upgraded volume, bass-boost, and clarity. A beveled taper allows the new speakers to easily fit in the speaker pockets of compatible helmets, resulting in a more comfortable user experience.
- Simplified setup and operation: The LCD screen provides confirmation of settings at a quick glance. Voice commands supported in 8 languages allow hands-free management of settings while riding. A glove-compatible jog dial allows for easy volume adjustment and answering phone calls.
- 2-way-intercom and smartphone connectivity: The 2-way HD Bluetooth 5.0 intercom system offers a range of .4 miles (700 meters). Pairing your smartphone will allow you to utilize select app functionality like listening to music, answering phone calls, or receiving GPS directions.
Outrush Helmet – Sena’s first-ever modular smart helmet is DOT approved and comes standard with an integrated Bluetooth communication system. Other notable features include a retractable sun visor, jog-dial control, HD intercom mode, smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 integration, 2-way intercom, 3-hour charge time, 5-year warranty, and upgradeable firmware. The Outrush modular helmet design utilizes a multi-density EPS liner and 3-way ventilation. The integrated Bluetooth intercom has a communication range of up to .5 mile (800 meters).
Not New, But Notable: +Mesh, 50R & 50S
+Mesh Wireless Adaptor – A wireless Bluetooth to Mesh network adaptor that allows any Sena Bluetooth intercom device to communicate with Sena Mesh intercom devices. Users will benefit from an enhanced range of up to 800 meters as well as the self-optimizing Mesh communication system.
50R – A Mesh 2.0 and Bluetooth 5 enabled intercom that features finely-tuned high-definition speakers, 30 percent faster rapid charging, multi-language voice command support, and WiFi automatic firmware updates via built-in WiFi. The 50R mounts directly to your motorcycle helmet and is 10R earbud adapter split cable enabled.
50S – Similar in feature set to the 50R, the 50S adds a glove-compatible jog dial instead of buttons and attaches to your helmet via the universal helmet clamp kit which allows for quick removal. The clamp kit on the 50S includes an AUX port for a non-Bluetooth MP3 player and comes with a built-in 3.5mm earbud port so that you can use your own earbuds for audio rather than the included high-quality speakers.
Visit Sena’s website to check out their full line of communication devices.