Since 1989 when Back to the Future II hit the screens, the thought of owning a pair of power lace sneakers has been rooted in our brains. On October 21st 2015, which was of course Back to the Future day, M.J Fox was presented with a pair of Nike MAG which he then demoed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
As far as Nike MAG go, it’s not likely that you’ll be owning a pair any time soon, unless you’re M.J Fox. The good news is that Nike have announced a new sneaker called the HyperAdapt 1.0 with an auto-lacing mechanism and some blingy glowing bits, and they’ll be available some time in the near future to Nike+ members.
The HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers are built on Nike’s adaptive lacing technology that “challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.”
When you step into the shoes, your heel hits a sensor which will trigger the mechanism to tighten automatically. Additionally, there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen until you find the perfect fit.
The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers go beyond just being a gimmick to fulfil the desires of sci-fi fans since Robert Zemeckis, Nike and co put the feeler out in 1989. Nike says the adaptive lacing platform is “something that helps envision a world in which product changes as the athlete changes.”
It looks like new concepts for an even smarter shoe with the ability to automatically sense when and where it needs to be tightened to maximize the performance of athletes are already in the making.
The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers will be available in sometime in the holiday season of 2016 with a choice of three colors. They will only be available to members of Nike+.
We don’t know much about the specs, such as charging or battery life, and no details have emerged on how much the sneakers will cost, but my guess is they won’t be anything like the budgie (cheap)..