DUKESHighway safety and moving vehicles that weigh tons does not relate anywhere close to skiing. I'm just saying that innovative tech to potentially minimize the risk of injury. Like the person that posted just above me. It's not going to be in ski tech tomorrow just down the road it could be tech that we'll use daily.
Yes today's ski bindings work great.... but everything could be made better. Innovation and creativity dude. Why the example of a gas powered vacuum? When gas and fossil fuels are already on their way out, your example is poorly executed. Yes I understand the phrase "if it isn't broken, then don't fix it." but that's not how the world works, bubb.
I look at it similar to strong magnets being used as replacements for clip-in bike pedals. If the tech is already being used there in a similar way of attaching your foot to your bike pedal then down the road why can't there be similar progress in ski binding technology.
I am no way smart in the field of science and engineering but when innovation in tech can possibly reduce weight, minimize injury, minimize repairs, possibly minimize cost of production, then why not TRY.
Not everything can be made better. At some point you maximize the utility of a design and any changes to it are for the worse.
Look at the engine from a 1980s mercedes 190d. Those engines would literally last for millions of miles without breaking down or falling apart. Todays engines would be claimed by mb to be far superior to the 80s diesel engines but the new engines get 200-300k miles and then eat shit. While the old diesels lasted forever. So which one is better?
and it may turn out that magnetic ski bindings are physically limited from being able to perform as well as spring bindings, even theoretically. Thats why i mentioned a gas powered vacuum cleaner.
We will have fossil fuel for thousands of years (i know that isnt forever but its long enough to warrant products that use it to be lucrative) so if a gas powered vacuum cleaner was comprehensively better than an electric vacuum then ppl would adopt it. But we know that a gas engine is simply not a good fit for a vacuum cleaner. it sounds like it could work but it just wouldnt.
so for you to assume the analogy of a gas powered vacuum cannot apply to the idea of magnetic bindings is ridiculous.
there may be unforeseen factors that make magnets not a good candidate for ski bindings, just as unforeseen factors might make a gas engine not a good candidate for vacuum cleaners.
im not saying its impossible to make a working magnetic ski binding. Im just saying it isnt guaranteed to be an improvement over spring bindings. They might end up being superior, but theres no guarantee they will be