“Power laces!!! Alright”
Said actor Michael J Fox, thrilled by the future technology, in the movie Back to The Future II.
From the many predictions that this movie got right, one sci-fi gadget that everyone dreams of having is the self-lacing shoe!!!
Nike unveiled a range of their latest creations like self-lacing shoes, to technology that removes mud stuck under sole. On MARCH 16, 2016 Nike announced the launch of “HyperAdapt 1”. Hyperadapt 1 is Nike’s first breakthrough on their latest platform adaptive lacing. Fabricated by remarkable sneaker designers Tinker Hatfield and Tiffany Beers, the shoe is a blend of research on Digital, Electronics and Mechanical Engineering.
Explaining the mechanism, John Hoke, Nike’s vice president of design, said the shoe doesn’t use the regular lacing method but instead runs on a battery- powered sequence of pulleys which cinch the upper portion of the shoe. When a person slips his feet inside the shoe, sensors at the base register the weight and position of the foot. “It reads where one is putting more force on heel or on forefoot” Hoke says.
As soon as the sensor reads the foot position, the sequence of pulleys gets activated and contracts the upper part of the shoe tightly around the foot. The tightness of the shoe can be adjusted by pushing on a plus or minus sign on the side of the shoe. Nike wants to make these micro-adjustments automated by calculating the biometric data, so the shoe adjusts on their own according to the nature of work out.
Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, believes that with the launch of Hyperadapt they are heading to a future, where our product (shoe) will come alive.
It is a creative foresight, but as with all technology, there can be potential drawbacks. As the shoe’s functioning is directly controlled by technology, the risk factor comes into play. Whereas the regular laces were more reliable with limited chances of malfunctioning at the time of movements.
The battery life of HyperAdapt is expected to be two weeks on a single charge. Since HyperAdapt runs on battery it is expected, that one has to charge it on a regular basis.
NEW NIKE HYPERADAPT SHOE
“We started creating something for fiction and we turned it into fact, inventing a new technology that will benefit all athletes” Nike president and CEO Mark Parker.
The sneakers are expected to be available in spring 2016 to buy via auction. There will be three colour variations (white, grey, black)
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