Nike puts future technology into your shoes
Many of us carry powerful smartphones in our pockets. Some of us even wear a smartwatch. We might soon be wearing technology on every part of our bodies, and Nike is looking to add to that list by throwing some technology into your shoes.
Back to the Future fans will remember when Nike produced a shoe last year with similar self-lacing technology to that seen in the film, but it was only made in very limited numbers and cost a fair bit of money.
Today they announced HyperAdapt 1.0, a project that would put the power laces into mass production.
These new shoes tighten themselves once your foot hits a sensor in the heel, and can be adjusted with a pair of buttons on the side.
While the initial run will only be available for sale to Nike+ members, it’s not out of the question for this technology to trickle down to their other shoes as well.
Designer Tinker Hatfield says that the self-lacing technology is just the beginning.
“Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really needed extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed,” said Hatfield.
The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes will go on sale towards the end of this year in 3 different colours. Australian availability and pricing information has not been revealed.