That would be Nike’s self lacing shoe – Electro. Adaptive. Reactive. Lacing. – and its going to be a game changer.
About 27 years ago, the movie Back to the Future predicted that 2015 would be the year that the world would have hoverboards, wearable devices, and of course self-tying shoes. While most hoverboards that are available in the market don’t actually fly, the predicted wearable devices are already in the market and just a few months into 2016, Nike is fulfilling the movie’s other prophesy by finally unveiling a self-lacing shoe that is akin to Marty McFly’s iconic sneakers.
Even though Nike unveiled several new products at the New York event, it was the HyperAdapt 1.0 that drew most of excitement. The shoes that automatically tighten when the wearer hits a sensor will be available in the market for Nike+ members in three colors later in the year. As Nike’s Senior Innovator Tiffany Beers clarifies;
“When you step into the HyperAdapt 1.0, your heel will trigger a sensor and the system will automatically tighten. There are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen, and you can adjust them until it’s perfect.”
This shoe is Nike’s first major step towards its “adaptive lacing technology” endeavors, and could soon mean that athletes quickly make exact “micro-adjustments” to diminish pressures from tight laces or slippages caused by loose laces. As Nikes Senior Designer Tinker Hatfield puts it;
“We are headed into a future where a shoe could sense when you need it tighter or looser.”
The future has never been so close!