The Kiskstarter clock is ticking for the Domio Pro with a cutoff date of August 3. So far Domio Sports has pulled in $193,103, eclipsing its $20,000 goal with 1,252 backers. But what the heck is a Domio, and why have so many been presold?

Domio Sports is a Canada-based action-sports wearable-tech company founded in 2015. Its first product to market was the Domio Helmet Audio Device. Simple in design, construction, and interface, the unit attacks piping audio into a helmet with a solution that is so simple you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself.

Domio helmet
That little unit on the top of the helmet creates enough power to give decent sound reproduction at moderate speeds. |Jeff Allen

The Domio unit, using patented Vibro-Audio micro-vibration technology, transfers sound energy into your helmet shell. This turns your entire helmet into a speaker. No earbuds or speakers needed. Just clip the mouse-sized unit into the 3M-backed snap-in mount. Sound envelops your entire cranium, a much different experience than the focused and sometimes thin sound that comes from helmet speakers.

We played with several helmets and mounting points and found each helmet has its own sweet spot. You just have to move the Domio around on the shell till you find the right sound. On my Arai Defiant-X it’s on top, but the Arai Corsair-X it’s at the back near the base of the helmet. One other thing, those around you will be able to hear the Domio kicking the tunes into your brain, so don’t expect privacy.

Connection to Bluetooth is easy and straightforward. Only a power button, volume up, and volume down button sit atop the unit, making it easy to control those functions. On the road the Domio has plenty of power to kick some nice base and highs into your ears at city speeds. Hop on the freeway and sound fidelity does suffer.

Domio installation
The Domio mounts easily and the lenghtiest part of the installation is finding the spot on the helmet that sounds the best. |Jeff Allen

Speaking with Domio co-founder Bart Lipski, he explained the original Domio was designed for snow and bike sports, and that Domio jumped into the motorsports side later in the development of the first Domio. With the soon-to-be-shipped Domio Pro, not only will there be more juice for better sound in a motorsports-specific unit but the Pro will also feature a wireless microphone. Called an Air Mic, the mouthpiece unit has a unique shape with two microphones with special screening to cut ambient, wind, and engine noise. We will get a test unit soon to evaluate the latest version.

Overall, the Domio is an interesting concept that works well at moderate speeds but has some limitations as it only plays audio and lacks the juice for freeway speeds. We are looking forward to reviewing the Domio Pro to see how the Air Mic and increased power works in execution. At the $199 MSRP for the Pro, the pricing is attractive and the simplicity of setup is unmatched.