I had been looking around for a while for proper Music Playing devices which i could fit into my Helmet, so i could ride on tours without getting bored. Most of the Market Products were way to expensive for my taste, and had only one use, i.e. within the helmet. So i figured that i might have to make one for myself..
So then here goes.. (Had made this Instructable in 22-Jan-2011, and had it on my site before.. Thought it would be a good entry here)
The basic Safety rules Apply..
Take Caution while Using Scissors, Needles, Blades, etc..
Use a Paper or Cloth spread beneath your work Surface to avoid Spills and cleanups
MOST Importantly UsE Thou COMMON SENSE (a major factor in avoiding major disasters).
I understand that by attaching a Headset in the Helmet, the Important Sounds (Horns, Passing Vehicles, Human Obstacles, etc. ) might be hard to hear, So how you use your headset, and the outcomes are your own responsibility. Please do not hold me responsible for any untoward incidence. ;)
Step 1: Materials
^The Bluetooth Set from Bluedio
In essence i would have gone for any Stereo BT Headset, but i chose this one as it had a 3.5mm jack to attach to various other articles, like stereo systems, headsets, earphones, etc.
NOTE:Before choosing the Headphones, make sure you can here them even from a small distance away from your ears. the reason being that once you attach the headphones in the Helmet, they are not gonna touch your ears, but be at some distance away.
So now the First step was to gather the Material for the Implant. Below is a List of things that might be needed.
#1- A bluetooth Enabled Phone (I had the SE Walkman series W580i, so that was my obvious choice ;)
#2- The BT Receiver
#3- Headphones with a 3.5mm jack (to connect to the 3.5mm jill of the BT Receiver) (I had these Panasonic Headsets as a faithful companion to almost all my rides. you can see that from the worn out foam padding. So again this was my obvious choice).
#4- Some Foam Sheet. (This i took from a New Shirt Packaging from Diwali). And an Old Jeans Leg Peice (Some other material may also do, but i chose Jeans as i already had them and the Fold at the Bottom of the Legs has the essential bump to hold the Clip firmly in Place, You'll get the idea later)
#5- Misc Items- Thread, cello-tape, Fevicol (White Glue), Water, Paper Napkins / Soft Cloth, Scissors etc.
HINDSIGHT: After using this Contraption for almost more than a Year, i have had (and am still having) fun while riding. In the City, i put on Music at very Low Volumes, to drown out the Traffic Noise, And on Long Rides, i crank it up a tad bit more, to compensate for Wind Blast. As the Headphones do not press against my ears, there is enough area from where ambient sounds can enter.. in fact i have been able to a rather funny conversation going on another bike (between Rider and Pillion) even with my favorite music playing.
Next up the Procedure..
Step 2: Procedure- Prepping the Helmet.
Step 3: Pouch'ing the Headphone
I used a lot of Cello-tape and fixed the Pouches in place and also routed the wiring so it doesn't hang loosely, in the ear tunnel, and also out of harms way.
^Notice the Pouches made from the Packing Foam Sheet. and also the generous amount of Cello-tape ;)
Next i looped the rest of the wire at the back. and taped it in place.
Also leave the Jack with a small length of wire free towards the Right Cheek Padding.
Step 4: The BT Pocket
^A shot of the Patch from where it was taken and where it ended
Step 5: Finishing It Up
Hope you enjoyed the Instructable. Now to find a suitable ride plan to test its Potential. At Initial Stages (read in the room with no disturbances), i had to actually set the volume to half level to enjoy the music without hurting my ears. So my theory is that in actual High speed conditions (read windblast) all i have to do is crank up the volume a tad bit and am set to rippppppppppp.
Feedback / Tips From Self:
I have been using this Device for more than a Year now, and it works absolutely Fine.. The Tiny Devices battery can play songs for about 2Hr non-Stop at Full Volume.. so if you keep the Volume to 80%, chances of increasing use time is greater.
As it is a A2DP Unit, i have had no problems taking calls too.. Although the windblast is to great to have a proper conversation, so i just slow down and ride at the edge of the road at low speeds to carry on.. Cant make calls though, havent been able to do the Voice Dial setting on the Phone, so to make a call, i stop by the road side, make the call, and then move. Much Safer this way..
Also you only get an indication that an SMS has come, so i usually read it, only when i Halt for a break.