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It might not be ready for the Olympics, but Masaya Takahashi’s skiing robot can take on the slopes with grace, and he hopes this inspires people to do likewise.

“It should be easy for people to ski if the robot can ski well by using only its hip joint,” Takahashi, 32, a researcher at a Nagoya factory of Sumitomo Light Metal Industries, Ltd., said of his creation during a recent interview.

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