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Ahead Helmet Communication Device

Editor's Rating
4.9?
Discovered on 2017-06-01

Transform your protective gear into something smart with the Ahead Helmet Communication Device. This compact device attaches to the outside of your helmet. The beauty of Ahead is its absence of a speaker. The patented technology uses an oscillator to send the transmission throughout the surface of the helmet to turn the helmet into a speaker. With the built-in microphone and voice capture technology, you can also utilize Siri so everything you need is a tap away. Also with a simple tap, you can instantly connect to and speak to other people in your group. In addition, Ahead syncs with your device to provide turn-by-turn audio directions as well as safety alerts. Finally, Ahead also tracks your activity seamlessly and combines the data from other sensors and apps. Because Ahead uses vibration technology, your ears are unobscured. This means you can still hear important environmental noise such as traffic. It works for any helmet whether you cycle, ski, or even work on a construction site.

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Overview & Specs
Water Resistance :
IP45
Color :
White, Black, Blue
Compatibility :
Any Helmet
Weight :
60g
Functions :
Calls, Voice Assistant, Music, Activity Tracking
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Hayley Mitchell
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I’ve paid my customs fee, nothing has come. What’s going on?
Carman Mak
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Hi, I have not yet received my product. Can someone please contact me?
Malquy Romero
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some news? app? something?
Yoongon
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I haven't got my item either. It's been almost half year Do you have any tracking number unless I missed anything
Fabian
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Any updates on my item? The item was never ahipped to me even though you said it will be in a private message in Nov.
Fabian
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Hi I have yet to received my item even though I received email on it being ship in Nov 2017
Malquy Romero
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and the app??
I would appreciate from the app can equalize the speaker, because many times the treble is very loud.
analogue plus
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@Wackolas
If you use it in an outdoor environment rather than indoors, people around you can not hear it well. Also check that the rubber part is attached to the helmet well. The rubber parts should be attached to the helmet to clean the sound quality.
Phil Griffiths
Review from Kickstarter
This product is not fit for purpose, so I would like to claim a refund. Can you please advise the process for doing this. Thank you.
Rita Li
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I tried the headset with zello's walkie-talkie function today at a ski park. The temperature was minus 15C. My observations:
Pros:
The tape held perfectly. I had been worried but there's no need. I attached the tape and mount in room temperature and there has been no issue with the cold weather. The battery life was not affected by cold weather on the slopes. Normally the battery of my phone or camerecorder tend to die pretty soon when exposed to such temperature. I could hear my friend perfectly when both of us were using the device. It was not super clear and yes I heard wind all the time, but the device solved my problem of removing my mitten, pulling down my zipper, fletching my phone from inside of my jacket, and answer a call. On the slope I don't think people can really hear me. However they surely can if I used the device when being close to anyone. Cons:
The app is still not available. It's a major issue to me since I can only set two button controls for zello's walkie-talkie: single click to toggle or push to talk. However if I'm listening to music, or if my music player is active at the background, a single click would play/pause the music; if I pushed to speak, the device recognizes my gesture as a long click and my phone would make a call to my latest caller. As a result, I don't listen to music now since I want to use the walkie-talkie feature.
Wackolas
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Have tried on my bike helmet, and with volume at max I still can’t hear what people are saying on the phone as the sound quality is so poor. Music is garbled as well and not nice to listen to at all. Really disappointed in this product, as I bought 2 to be able to speak to my wife when we are cycling, but 1. There are no compatible PTT apps yet, and 2. I probably won’t be able to hear what she is saying anyways
Stacey Lazarus
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Sent an email to you!!! Mix up here-arrived on a different day!
analogue plus
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@Stacey
We'll contact you by email for more details. I'm sorry for your inconvenience
Stacey Lazarus
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Just checked my security videos-UPS did not deliver to my house that day yet they claimed it was delivered!
Stacey Lazarus
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When I checked my tracking number it claims it was delivered. It was not! Please track where it is!
analogue plus
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@Phil Griffiths
curved angle is a common and average angle for the helmet.
Try again and find the best fit.
If I let you down, I'm really sorry for this.
analogue plus
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@Stacey
802279801096599545 is your tracking number.
Please check your status.
Stacey Lazarus
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I have. It received any tracking information. Do you have it?
Phil Griffiths
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As others have commented on here already, this is unfortunately a very poor product. I wanted to use with a bicycle helmet mainly and there is no way to get a decent fit so the sounds resonates. Everyone can also hear everything and it's not even good on flat surfaces. My first big let down on kickstarter :(
analogue plus
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@Henry King
Hello
Would you just slide-out Ahead from the mount?
Please do not grab mount just grab Ahead and slide out.
If you have same situation, Please contact us by e-mail anytime.
Henry King
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How do you remove ahead from the bracket once it is click in? Are you stuck with it on one helmet?!?
analogue plus
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@Mark W.
Your tracking number is 802279801290067055 by UPS. I think you can get Ahead in a few days.
Thank you.
Mark W.
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It has been almost a month since I was asked to provide a different delivery address. When I did, I got back a message that Ahead would be shipped out. Still have not received it, do you have a tracking number?
Berwin Chean
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Been using ahead for a few weeks now.. here are my thoughts. 1) it’s good for normal usage at home, just music blaring through whatever surface it is on. Like the commenter before me, music starts to get muddy with certain genres 2) don’t even bother using it on your motorcycle helmet. Tape is not sticky enough (surprisingly they didn’t use 3M’s sticky tape) will peel and drop off any moment. Had to keep pushing my ahead onto my helmet and worse still I’m riding and using my throttle hand to push it back. 3) music sucks through your helmet, it’s unclear and really muddy. Super painful to the ears. Call tone is good if you’re not on the move. 4) Navi voice is muffled and horrible. I couldn’t even make it half of what my Navi says. All in all if your looking for a portable place anywhere speaker AT HOME then by all means go for ahead (although it’s highly Not recommended) if you’re using it for riding or extreme sports then forget about it.
analogue plus
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@Steven Ghillany
Hello, depending on Music, performance is different.
and We are targeting open space so someone can hear what you hear indoors.
but when you are outside, for instance, ski resort, park or somewhere, other people can barely hear what you listen.
Steven Ghillany
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Having tested this a bit, below are some thoughts and comments: 1) This is not a great device for music. I got this in hopes of replacing my helmet sound system for snowboarding, but find that while more "open music" like pop and some electronic music sounds okay, fuller compositions get muddy fast and sound bad, or worse, unintelligible.
2) Literally anyone nearby will know EXACTLY what you are listening to. There is nothing subtle about this solution. Both sides of any conversation are audible to anyone who is nearby.
3) This seemed like such a good idea. It's a bummer that the reality of the tech is so ham-fisted.
Travis Volcik
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Yes sir. Using the mount helps. Thank you for the help.
analogue plus
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@Travis Volcik
Hello,
Could you place Ahead on the mount?
Ahead should be turned on when the device is on the mount.
Please check and If you have the same problem after that, please let me know. Thx
Travis Volcik
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My ahead device will not go into pairing mode. Will show a red LED and can see green LED when charged. If unplugged, unable to make any lights turn on.
analogue plus
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@Jose Pablo
Hello! We hope you can enjoy riding,skiing, with Ahead.
Be safe and Enjoy!
analogue plus
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@Wackolas
Hello, This is analogue plus team.
We've finished the connectivity test.
As the zello app is updated, You can use it with Ahead.
have a good day!
Thx!
Jose Pablo
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Hi I got my ahead las week will test it soon I hope, but I like to say I looks very nice
Wackolas
Review from Kickstarter
Hi,
I purchased 2 Aheads to be able to communicate with my wife while on my bike. You mention in the FAQs that it works with apps such as Zello, but I can’t get Ahead recognised by the app (and it is not in the list of supported devices). How can I use the Aheads as walkie talkies as you advertised during your campaign?
Dr Rehan Kazi
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I have a broken mount. I need a replacement ASAP. I am happy to pay for this
Richard
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Hi Not sure if you missed my earlier question. How do I use ahead without everyone else I am commuting with also hearing it? Thanks
analogue plus
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@Rita Li
Hello,
1) Please slide with some power.
2) that temperature means when you attach the tape. after that, going to the ski resort is also okay
analogue plus
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@Res Marti
Hello, Thank you for your good comment
Enjoy the exciting riding with Ahead.
analogue plus
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@Robin Metz
I sent you a message please check it
Rita Li
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I got my device today, charged it, have yet to attach it to my helmet.
Two questions:
1) How to dismount Ahead from its mount? It clicked on instantly and I haven't found the trick to dismount it.
2) I become worried when you suggested applying the tape while the temperature is not too low. Well, I intend to use this device on my ski helmet and will the low temperature be an issue once the tape is attached to the helmet at room temperature?
Res Marti
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I got my device yesterday, today I tested it in the city trafic of Zurich on my helmet. It works great. The sound is not great if you wanted to listen to classical music, but definitely good enough to listen to my news podcasts. But if you expect dolby suround from a helmet, then I would say your expectations are exagerated. Tomorrow I will have the ultimate test: can I still hear everything on my 45 km/h speed pedelec. If so I will be very happy. I haven't found a device that works under this condition and I've tested a few.
Richard
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Hi How do I use this on my cycle helmet without others being able to hear what I am listening too? Thanks
Robin Metz
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Hello guys,
the custom duties of Germany/Fedex claimed that they don´t believe in the price of the product, so they returned it to you. :-/ What do we do now? Please contact me directly! Thanks,
Robin
analogue plus
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@SeungHak Lee
네, 메시지 확인해주세요!
SeungHak Lee
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메시지 대로 남겼는데 확인 바랍니다.
analogue plus
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@SeungHak Lee
안녕하세요, 서베이를 통해서 주소와 받으실 색상을 남겨주신분들께 먼저 발송이 시작되었습니다.
서베이를 완료해주시면 저희가 순차 배송 하도록 하겠습니다. 자세한 방법은 메시지를 남겨두었으니 확인해주세요
analogue plus
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@Berwin Chean
Hello Berwin
First of all, I'm really sorry for giving you bad experience.
If you place the mount on the helmet, the temperature should be not too low and no dust or something. We gave you one more tape, please try again. If you have the same problem, please contact us.
analogue plus
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@Citiboi
Hello citiboi,
As I mentioned that for Jakub,
For PTT, there is a Zello application. We've registered our model. But It doesn't update yet so next updater version you can use Ahead with Zello.
and Our application is under development. I will let you know as soon as development is complete. There is no big problem to use without the app.
analogue plus
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@Jakub Jelen
Hello Jakub,
For PTT, there is a Zello application. We've registered our model. But It doesn't update yet so next updater version you can use Ahead with Zello.
and Our application is under development. I will let you know as soon as development is complete. There is no big problem to use without the app.
analogue plus
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@Steven Ghillany
When a charger is plugged into the device and connect to the mount, the device goes to sleep (safe reset). If you click the main button (top side button), it will turn back on and it will automatically be connected to your smartphone.
Thank you!
Berwin Chean
Review from Kickstarter
First day using Ahead and already had a bad experience, followed instructions to the tee on installing the bracket onto my helmet.. Was riding today and had to keep pushing Ahead onto my helmet because the music was so soft. Reached my destination and realised that the half of the mount had actually peeled off, which means had I not kept pushing Ahead to my helmet it would have fell off mid-ride.. Really disappointed with the sticky-ness of the mount. I figured it’s because Ahead is pushing against the helmet which resulted it the mount being pushed off the surface..