Going back on subject would be cool to see some dampening component in hook or lines that passively or semi actively dampen jerk in lines. Would make more comfortable ride and would allow to have smoother tension in line which would make the kite fly better.
Currently we use our knees, abs, sheet in/out with muscle memory to dampen the effect from gusts/chops. if harness or lines had a dampen system we could unload some of that effort on gear. Would enable to ride way faster in gusting condition and tension in lines will be smoother so you won't choke the kite each time tension spike or stall. Same thing in lightwind.
Technology wise it already exist, plenty of suspension system in car and dampening pulley in sliding mechanism.
Not sure I would want something like that but could be optional just like you turn car traction control sytem on and off. Would have to be engineered in a way if system breaks it reverts back to safe system.
In a way the kite, its line and harness already offer some cushion but that's a passive system and the spring back isn't controlled, and some deformation actually make the ride worse.
That all seems a little counter intuitive when were striving for direct feel and instant response in our kites. The closer we get to zero stretch in our lines the better!
Weight is a the major issue. If dacron can be sealed effectively with an internal coating we could eliminate bladders altogether. That or development of a non porous material that wears the same or better than dacron could accomplish the same. Hopefully something that allows bonding of seams instead of gluing and sewing for less weight, stretch and easy repair.
Would be nice to ditch all the bladders and all the connecting plastic that accompanies them. Get the average kite weight down under 3 pounds...... Game changing.
... If dacron can be sealed effectively with an internal coating we could eliminate bladders altogether. That or development of a non porous material that wears the same or better than dacron could accomplish the same. Hopefully something that allows bonding of seams instead of gluing and sewing for less weight, stretch and easy repair. ...
How about a self-healing coating, that fixed a pinhole when ever air contacted it ; by sandwiching the chemicals that seal the Dacron ? That is do-able, with today's technology BTW.
Getting rid of all the stitching, is a good one ; it could actually make a kite stronger as well , (stitches make holes in the fabric, and it takes strength away) !