Marty McFly may have worn the self-lacing sneakers in the fictionalized future of 2015, but it took Nike just a year more to bring out the real ones.
Inspired directly from Back to The Future II, the self-lacing Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers will be available for ‘experiencing and purchase’ from November 28 in a select few Nike outlets in US.
These are the first rechargeable shoes from Nike. It has an internal cable system made out of a fishing line and an internal pressure sensor on the sole makes the sneakers smart enough to know when you put your foot in. Once your foot is snugly fitted in, the cables tighten by themselves based on an ‘algorithmic pressure equation’. The tightness can be adjusted using a pair of buttons near the tongue of the sneakers.
There are LEDs in the heel that light up when the laces are tightening and also when it’s low on battery.
The shoes last three weeks on a single charge and it takes just about three hours to recharge them. Nike has also provided a magnetic clip-on charger, similar to what Apple provides with the Apple Watch.
The nylon laces that are seen in the video are nothing more than ‘visual aids’. Perhaps they exist so that you don’t feel out of place wearing them. They do tighten though, but the nylon laces aren’t what’s keeping these sneakers fit snugly on your foot. It’s a whole different ball game altogether, which Wired had covered in detail a few days back.
The price of the shoes are not yet announced, but needless to say, they will be crazy expensive. The HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers will go on sale in November.