Cycling with an integrated light is nothing new, but like all battery-powered devices, they were only ever useful if you remembered to charge them before heading. This is not the case with POC Sports Omne Eternal, a cycling helmet with a built-in LED light that never needs a plug or battery to work.
The Omen Eternal POC is the result of a partnership between Swedish cycling accessory manufacturer – and solar energy experts Exeger, and is being billed as one of the world’s first “self-powered” cycling helmets. By integrating Exeger’s special powerfoil solar cells into the helmet’s structure, it continuously draws light from any source, indoor or outdoor, powering the LED on the back of the helmet. When you install a helmet, the sensors inside the helmet detect and activate the light for you. Take off the helmet, and the light goes out.
That’s right, the helmet does not require charging, and has no battery to replace, no proprietary charging cable to lose, and no switch on / off. It is always ready to go. POC’s experience with secure devices means that despite integrated electronics, safety is not compromised, ventilation is effective, and it is still light enough for long-term wear. Wear sensors are designed to work even if you are wearing a hat under the helmet.
It is recommended that the helmet be in contact with some type of light source for an hour each day, and the sensors are weatherproof, so it can be worn in strong sunlight or cold. Although they are unaffected by rain, snow, and even scratches, they simply need to be kept clean. Omni Eternal requires that regarding all general maintenance, it is easy to live with it.
Designed to increase rider visibility in difficult conditions, or at night, the Omni Eternal has a single LED light on the back, which flashes to attract further attention. It is quite small, however, and certainly should not be considered a replacement for bike lights or reflective clothing. These are not as smart as some of the options, such as the Lumos range of cycling helmets, but the convenience factor makes it stand out.
The omen will arrive in Europe on the POC Sports website in perpetual May and will cost 250 euros, or about US $ 300, to be available globally at the end of the year. The first editions will meet EU safety and consumer electronic standards, and the global version will also meet further local market standards.