Outdoor

The pure pleasure of bionic snowboarding

It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie: a robotic exoskeleton that makes you ski better. But the real thing exists. A San Francisco-based startup called Roam has created a groundbreaking device that combines clever mechanics with artificial intelligence to give your lower body a boost when you need it most. For capable skiers, it’s a performance enhancement tool that lets you ignore your creaky knees. And for athletes who have suffered debilitating injuries, it is a chance to once again experience the unadulterated joy that comes from joining turns on a mountainside. External editor Nick Heil leads us through this report on the technology-enabled future of sport.

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