Date of publication: 2018-05-06 13:15
For those that want to get more advanced, the 85K can also can be controlled through Voice Commands. Voice Commands aren 8217 t for everyone, but the hands-free option is a real safety feature, and once you get the hang of it, a real convenience. We were happy to discover how easy Sena makes using Vocie Commands on the 85K. There is really only two phrases you need to remember. If you say 8225 Hello Sena 8221 at any time, the device will enter voice command mode and begin to ask you to 8225 Say a Command. 8221 Just ask 8225 What Can I Say? 8221 to get a full list of available commands. It 8217 s a pretty fast learning curve and in no time we were turning on music, changing radio channels, and checking the battery level.
Does this have push-to-talk or some other way to limit what is broadcast to the others in the group while still being able to listen? I do not need or want everything i utter in my helmet during the course of a day broadcast to everyone.
All registered Sena owners get access to free firmware upgrades, which ensure your SMH15 headset and intercom for motorcycle helmets is always operating with the latest software updates. Meanwhile, integrated voice prompts (available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) help you quickly learn your way around the device. You’ll get up to 12 hours of talk time and 15 days of stand-by time on a single charge.
After using group intercom features on a dozen different Bluetooth Headsets before, we began to think a little frustration is to be expected. It is sophisticated technology right? Luckily, the folks at Sena Bluetooth didn 8217 t fall into that think trap and focused their engineering resources on removing the hassle out of using group intercom. The result is the new 85K Bluetooth Headset, which features Mesh Network Technology the future of group intercom communication.
Even if your companions don’t have Sena gear, the SMH15 uses the Universal Intercom™ protocol, which allows your gear to work with theirs, regardless of brand.
The Range and clarity in Private Mesh mode was noticeably improved. The Sena 85K in Private Mesh Mode has an industry leading -mile maximum range between any two riders. Like all Bluetooth headsets, range claims are based on line of site communications and performance can drop significantly once you go over a hill or ride through a dense forest. The Mesh Network technology allowed us to maintain our connections more of the time and the range and clarity was as good as any units we 8217 ve tested before. In both Public and Private Mesh Mode, it was by far the easiest time we 8217 ve ever had getting everyone in our group connected.
Using the private group mode, the 85K can pair in full duplex communication with up to 16 riders at a range up of to miles, while an endless amount of additional Guest users can tune in for listening only. When riding with 5 or more riders, the Mesh Intercom is capable of keeping the group connected at a range of up to 5 miles. Although Mesh Intercom is the next big thing, you won t leave your Bluetooth buddies in the dust either. The 85K is still capable of pairing with up to 8 other Sena or non-Sena Bluetooth communicators at a range of up to 1 mile, depending on the range of your riding buddies headsets. Using Sena s RideConnected Mobile App, the 85K is also able to connect with riders anywhere in the world via your mobile network.
The Sena 85K is also compatible with the Prism Action Camera. You can control the camera using the 85K 8217 s Jog Dial or with Voice Commands, and all of the audio from your headset, including your voice, music and intercom conversations, gets captured in the video. With any new device, a few bugs are to be expected and we did run into a sound issue using the 85K with the Prism in Ultra HD Audio Mode. Sena tends to be good about consistently rolling out fixes for known issues in their firmware updates and we expect this will be addressed in short order.
Just because you 8217 ve upgraded to a 85K doesn 8217 t mean your buddies are going to also. But that 8217 s OK, the 85K has two separate antennae and processors, one for standard Bluetooth and another for Mesh Network. This allows the device to connect in standard Bluetooth only (Sena or non-Sena), or both Bluetooth and Mesh together at the same time! Although, traditional Bluetooth headsets will still have the same connection limitations of linear pairing. The good news is that when your buddies on standard Bluetooth headsets fall out of range, they won 8217 t affect communications of Mesh Network riders in the group.
If you already know the functionality of your device and want to keep it that way, you can download previous firmware versions to your device through the Device Manager.
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