Those self-lacing shoes from 'Back to the Future' are now a reality
First "hover" boards, now this.
'Back to the Future' is taking another step towards becoming reality with Nike's brand-new, self-lacing sneakers.
Behold, the HyperAdapt 1.0.
After first being introduced at the Nike Innovation Summit in New York City, the futuristic footwear became an instant hit on social media -- and it isn't hard to see why.
To see for yourself what the buzz is all about, just take a look at this promo video:
Reportedly, the shoes will be available in three colors by the end of 2016, however only to Nike Plus members.
But the way the shoe looks isn't even half the appeal, here -- the way it actually functions is what'll really make you want to slip it on.
"When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten," explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator at NIKE, Inc., and the project's technical lead. "Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it's perfect."
The lead developers say they had athletes in mind when designing the shoes. Whether they're running around the court or up and down the field, they won't suffer slippage from loose laces or pressure from tight tying.
"It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time," said Tinker Hatfield, a designer at Nike. "That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance."
There is, however, one small caveat -- the shoes require inductive charging, and need to be charged once every two weeks.
But considering you probably have to sniff out a power outlet for your precious smartphone at least three times a day, that shouldn't register as too big a responsibility.
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