What was once science fiction is now becoming science fact. We see it every day as technology pushes further and further into the future progressing how we interact, live, and deal with problems and society. What was once thought of as merely an idea in fiction has and is becoming our reality. So I pose this question, where is the line between technology and snowboarding?
In January of this year we received an email about a new company launching via crowd funding that plans to revolutionize the goggle market. RideOn are the inventors of the first augmented reality snowboard goggle. What the hell is augmented reality? Well it’s a way of distracting you from the real reality surrounding you. Case in point, watch the short video below.
This seems similar to what Recon Instruments has been working on. With people impaling themselves on GoPoles while trying to get the best selfie on the mountain, this poses the question of how much more distracting things can we add to our snowboarding experience?
As of today RideOn has now reached and surpassed their crowd funding goal. Which means by next season we will have to deal with people staring off into space activating apps and games instead of paying attention to their surroundings.
While RideOn was working on making our real world more virtual, Oakley; yes the goggle company, has gone in a completely different route. They’re trying to make snowboarding outerwear into turbine propulsion systems.
With claims of “making snowboarders able to fly”, we can only assume that they too were upset about X-Games pulling sky surfing from the summer lineup.
Perhaps now we’ll finally see that elusive quad cork mute grab. Then again at that point will the FIS have won and made snowboarding into gymnastics?
But if speed is the answer they’re after why wear a turbine when you could just have a rocket snowboard?
Or if you’re really brave just pull a Jamie Barrows and go for the full hand held propulsion system.
While I’m definitely not a practicing Luddite, one has to ask if this is the direction we want technology to drive our outdoor experiences? If only one day the Internet and reality could look like what the great writer William Shatner believed it would be like in TekWar.