Originally Posted by checkracer
I forgot to mention this in my prevoius post.
Marker Electronic was presented as early as in 1980.
That's actually good, since any elements of the full invention that were patented back then will have now expired.
|As has already been discussed before, the problems are (i) the price and (ii) the source of energy.
I don't see this as being all that expensive. You need the mechanical part, which should really be simpler than current bindings. Basically, mechanical clamps, with some electromechanical mechanism to release them.
The electronic part would be: (i) pressure sensors and wiring (ii) a small chip and (iii) a power supply. The chip would cost something to design (not a ton, I don't think) and peanuts to manufacture. I don't know much about pressure sensors. I guess they'd have to be fairly sensitive, and to do it right you'd need a fair number. The chip would use very little power. I don't know about the electromechanical mechanism ... I guess it depends on how many times a day you want to be able to release. It seems
like you'd be able to use some sort of rechargeable battery that would run the chip for 12 hours and allow for a half-dozen releases. The weight / size restrictions aren't that tight, at least not compared to a camera, phone, PDA, watch or whatever.
|My dream would be a boot that is stiff in forward flex when on the outside ski and softer when on the inside ski.
That's a neat idea. Ideally, it should be automatic, though I suppose you could have the mechanism be manually triggered -- you'd just have to get in the habit of squeezing your inside pole (or whatever) at turn initiation.