Nike’s newest shoe brings movie magic into reality by promising no one will ever have to wrestle with shoelaces ever again, although those with spinal cord injuries may need to exercise caution before slipping them on. The shoe is called the HyperAdapt 1.0 and it’s Nike’s first ever self-tying shoe, just like the self-tying Nike Mag in 1988’s Back to the Future II.
“Motorized laces are totally not a gimmick,” said Tinker Hatfield to De Zeen Magazine. He’s Nike’s vice-president of design and special projects. “Sensors are becoming smarter. The materials are changing rapidly. The motors and the materials are working together better. You’ll start to see adaptive ideas popping up in sports apparel and, I suspect, outside sport as well.”
The HyperAdapt 1.0 features a sensor known as a “Lace Engine” and when the wearer puts the shoe on, the engine will sense the wearer’s foot. Then flywire that envelops both sides of the shoe will collapse and tighten. Meanwhile, a plus and minus button are on the side of the shoe so the wearer can adjust it to their comfort throughout the day. The motors in the shoes are charged through a magnetic dock and wearers get two weeks of functionality on a three-hour charge indicated by the lights on the side.