If you're cycling with a group you'd have realised it would have been better to have some means of communicating with the others instead of having to shout or ensuring you don't get separated from them. There is a new device in the market that enables cyclists to communicate with other riders in a group, called the HIOD One, introduced by Free2Move, a Swedish manufacturer of wireless devices. This is a Bluetooth cycling communicator which connects a group of cyclists consisting of up to 5 members.
The HIOD cycling communicator helps you to communicate with one rider at a time that is situated up to 1,300 feet away. But the communicating riders need to be in the line of sight. Riders can make hands-free phone calls while riding (a really sought after feature) and listen to music at other times if the cycling gets boring or you need beats to speed up your cycling.
HIOD consists of an OLED screen and control unit that is mounted to the bike's handlebars with voice units that can be mounted to the arm, clipped to the helmet, chest or wrist. To use the device one must connect the earphone and microphone to the head unit. Even if you are riding hard you'll be able to use the OLED screen pretty well as it features quite a lot of contrast that enables viewing in various atmospheric and riding conditions. There are wires connecting the head unit on the handlebars and the earphone and microphone, but that shouldn't be too much of a hassle.
The HIOD One communicator is powered by a lithium-polymer rechargeable battery that provides a talk time of around 10 hours. When not talking or planning routes, the HIOD One can also be connected to mobile phones for making or receiving calls or for streaming music.
Overall, this seems to be a very useful device, but if you're looking to buy one Free2Move hasn't set a price in India yet as it's looking for retailers who'd be interested in selling the HIOD One cycling Bluetooth communicators.
Once HIOD One appears on the market, you can cycle with greater freedom with other riders and only need to maintain a maximum distance of 1,300 feet to keep communicating.