If you saw Back to The Future and yearned for those uber-cool, self-lacing, hi-tech looking Nike Air Mag, then let the power of the universe, or should I say Nike, make your dream come true. Nike has announced the world’s first self-lacing shoes – the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 – which will be hitting the stores later this year. They are an elegant recreation of McFly’s flamboyant high tops. Nike is yet to disclose the prices, and looking at the technology it has used I am not expecting it to be in the affordable circle.
John Hoke, Nike’s vice president of design explained the mechanism used by the shoe saying that it puts aside the traditional lacing system to begin a new method that uses a series of pulleys which tightens the throat of the shoe when the wearer steps inside it. The shoe uses the help of sensors to figure the weight and position of the wearer to ensure that the laces tie perfectly.
We love the way Nike uses technology to make stuff that’s got an extra edge. The HyperAdapt 1.0 has a name that certainly suggests that there may be more coming to it – a 2.0 or maybe even more. We do know that Nike is not going to stop here, because popular designer Tinker Hatfield has already started looking forward to versions that will adjust the fit of the shoe on the fly when the wearer requires more or less tension.
The project was led by senior innovator Tiffany Beers who mentions that the current version has a button on the shoe which can be used by the wearers to increase or decrease the tension. Technology is amazing and we love the way it has been making our lives more comfortable, but here’s some food for thought – traditional laces never ran out of juice and they do not malfunction. Is there a risk that we are not thinking about as we lose ourselves in the sight of a pair of flashy high tops?