The 1989 film “Back to the Future II” provided moviegoers with a glimpse of a future featuring all kinds of imaginative technology. Unfortunately, we still don’t have time machines or flying cars, but self-lacing sneakers are on the way, according to Nike’s PR director Heidi Burgett.
Burgett tweeted Tuesday (Sept. 20) that self-lacing sneakers – which have been dubbed the HyperAdapt 1.0 – will be available to “experience and purchase” on Nov. 28 at select Nike retail locations in the U.S.
HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience & purchase begin 11.28.16. pic.twitter.com/t3YVLa8Rsl
— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) September 20, 2016
Well how does it all work?
The shoe features a “lace engine” that is attached to Flywire that wraps around the foot of the user. The engine then uses information generated from a sensor in the heel to tighten the shoe until a certain point, which varies from person to person. Users can also manually adjust the laces by utilizing a “+” button by the tongue to tighten the fit and a “-” button to loosen.
The sneakers also sport a series of lights that serve as visual indicators to inform the user when the motor is running and when the shoe needs a recharge (Yes, you read that correctly. The shoes will need to be charged occasionally.). Blue lights indicate a full charge, yellow lights signal a few days worth of juice remaining and red lights mean the sneakers need to be charged immediately. The battery is expected to last about two weeks between charges, but the shoes can still be removed should the charge be depleted.
A price hasn’t been announced as of yet, but it is highly likely that the futuristic sneakers won’t be cheap. Check out the video below from Wired to see the sneakers in action and let us know what you think in the comment section.