Nike has just announced that the futuristic self lacing HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers, we first saw on Michael J. Fox, from Back To The Future are not only now a reality but they are going on sale this Christmas.
According to John Hoke, Nike’s vice president of design, the shoes use a battery-powered series of pulleys that cinch the throat of the shoe. When the individual wears the shoe, sensors at the bottom register his or her weight and the position of the foot inside. “It reads if you’re heavy on your heel or heavy on your forefoot,” says Hoke.
Once the sensors sense your foot position, a series of tiny pulleys will contract the throat of the shoe tightly around the foot by winding thread around a spool. “Imagine a fishing rod,” Hoke says. The wearer can adjust the fastening by pushing on a plus or minus sign on the left side of the shoe.
Press it for two seconds, and the shoe will loosen fully, enabling increased blood flow and removal. Subsequently, Nike says it wants to make the micro-adjustments automated and reactive to biometric data, so they adjust on the fly.
According to Hoke, after a couple of wears, the shoe will automatically adjust to your preferred setting. As the “1.0” designation signifies, the team is already looking to how this technology can integrate a hyper-personalized platform.