Year-round backcountry skier and a professor at the University of Nevada-Reno,Kam Leang
is on the forefront of innovation in ski and snowboard technology. He currently is teaching a mechanical engineering class where his students are incorporating nanotechnology into skis they're building. One set will somehow fold down to fit in a suitcase; the other pair will utilize a "particle dampener" to reduce vibrations.
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Graduate student Brian Kenton, who is the teacher's assistant for the class, has been building his own skis out of his garage for the last four years.
"I've made about 12 pairs, but this is definitely the first time I've seen one with a particle dampener on it," he said.
Sure, it sounds like something Captain Kirk would use skiing the slopes of the planet Alderaan, but it's also not too far from reality. Here's link to the Nanotech News story; there's another one here. Watch a news story on Leang's class and the future of nanotech skis after the jump.