Originally Posted by bolide
Any chance of a prosumer-level download rig based on Bluetooth and software drivers, something fancier yet, or is this going to be protected by Atomic?
I'm not sure. I'm sure I know people who know but not so sure they'd tell me. The dynastream gang in particular is very close lipped.
As for 'gadget' I guess everything new is a gadget until they become mainstream. Kind of like those exotic parabolics or SUVs or anything else that gets funny looks at first. The release is mechanical the electronics are more like the check list your car goes through when you turn it on. (I'm guessing that was gadget status once too). It's a start and like Atomicman says they'll be lots more of this sort of technology I'm sure. Nothing like leading the start of a wave. I'm guessing Wozniak and Jobs felt that way when people joked about those Mac gadgets they started making.
Marketing..... Do you remember when clipless pedals first hit mountain biking. Mid eighties I'd say and they were made by Look. They dissapeared but they were a hit for road riders. Now they're pretty main stream on Mtn bikes but it's all Shimano and others that jumped in later. No use biting off too much too soon.
The EBM binding was totally a by product of the efforts to design a new binding. Atomic worked with the University of Salzburg and University of Calgary which is where the Cochrane guys came in. The original goal was to find a sendor unit to download data directly to a computer and stresses of different types were encountered. The technology was a byproduct of that.
The new binding will close securely with 8mm of snow under the heel and needs less pressure at a given DIN to close than a Salomon I believe. I'm not sure where powder problems would occur. Wiegle heliskiing started testing them in earnest last spring.