Nike lunches Self-lacing shoes Nike HyperAdapt will cost $720
Back in October 2015 , Nike announced the sales of Nike HyperAdapt at some “Back to the Future-esque Nike Mags in the spring of 2016 but all I can say is only a part of the sole emits a turquoise light and doesn’t have that Marty McFly’s Nike Mags.
Jacques Slade- who reviews and unboxes shoes on Youtube, as seen in the video – was playing with a black pair of the Nike HyperAdapt adaptive lacing/self-lacing.
Nike gives an insight in how these shoes work according to the Nike’s automatic lacing system patent from 2009;
[The US patent] teaches an automated tightening shoe. The tightening mechanism of [US patent #6,691,433] includes a first fastener mounted on the upper, and a second fastener connected to the closure member and capable of removable engagement with the first fastener so as to retain releasably the closure member at a tightened state. [The patent teaches] a drive unit mounted in the heel portion of the sole. The drive unit includes a housing, a spool rotatably mounted in the housing, a pair of pull strings and a motor unit. Each string has a first end connected to the spool and a second end corresponding to a string hole in the second fastener. The motor unit is coupled to the spool. [The patent] teaches that the motor unit is operable so as to drive rotation of the spool in the housing to wind the pull strings on the spool for pulling the second fastener towards the first fastener. [The patent] also teaches a guide tube unit that the pull strings can extend through.
Slades commented on the sole, saying Cushlon cushioning is used instead of the Lunarlon and we can presume this mechanism is battery-powered but nothing is said how long it might last after each charge and even importantly how to recharge.
Only three colors will be made available and are black, white and grey. These Nike HyperAdapt Adaptive lacing will only be sold in New York City as at the moment this article is written but the world can wait. We all can’t have the future now but rejoice in the knowledge that the future is now.
Source: Arstechnica Uk