NEW YORK (WATE) – “Back to the Future” fans can soon wear self-lacing shoes similar to the ones Marty McFly wore.
Nike has unveiled the first adaptive lacing shoe, calling the HyperAdapt 1.0, designed to make loose laces a thing of the past. The shoe’s laces are powered by a lacing mechanism under the shoe.
“When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, 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.”
Self-tying shoes offer tremendous potential for athletes, according to Nike, because it provides consistent, personalized lacing that can be manually adjusted on the go. “That means the undue pressure caused by tight trying and slippage resulting from loose laces are relics of the past,” said Nike.
The prices of the shoes has not been released, but Nike says they will be available to purchase in three colors for Nike members this holiday season.
“We are surrounded by technology and data, but for athletes to truly achieve their potential they require something richer and more meaningful. They don’t need a dashboard; they need a relationship,” Mark Parker, President & CEO, NIKE, Inc. says.
In the film, McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, travels 30 years into the future to today’s date: Oct. 21, 2015. There, he discovers hoverboards, flying card and self-lacing sneakers. Fox got to try on the shoes in real life that day.