American sportswear giant Nike has revealed its self-lacing trainers range, which will go on sale to the public later this year.
However, in order to be eligible to buy the trainers, you must have downloaded and be a member of the Nike+ app.
The HyperAdapt 1.0 trainers, which will remind many people of the trainers featured in the Back to the Future II film, feature laces which are tightened automatically by electrical motors which are built into the trainers.
A built-in battery is used to power the shoes, and Nike claims that it can go for two weeks’ use on a single charge. Whilst it would be a little annoying having to charge your shoes – not to mention incredibly inconvenient if they run out of charge while you’re out and about – two weeks is not a bad battery life by any means, especially for such an early version of self-lacing shoes.
Tiffany Beers, who led Nike’s project with Tinker Hatfield, said: “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten. Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”
Hatfield added: “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it sense you really need extra snugness in a quick manoeuvre. That’s where we’re headed.”
Being the 1.0 version of these HyperAdapt trainers, we can expect Nike to continue looking to innovate and improve the design further in the future. For now at least, we must wait with anticipation for these trainers to go on sale later in 2016, with the price yet to be confirmed.
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