You may recall that Michael J. Fox was gifted a pair of Nike Mags with power laces for Back to the Future Day. As promised, Nike has begun the process of incorporating the technology into mass produced sneakers with the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0.
Functional simplicity reduces a typical athlete concern, distraction. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”
Check it out in the video below.
Nike has said that they’ll be producing a replica Back to the Future variant to be sold exclusively at an auction to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Meanwhile, the HyperAdapt sneakers are expected to become available in three colors exclusively to Nike+ members towards the end of 2016. Neato.
Here’s a demo:
I try on Nike's first power lacing shoe, which will be available later this yearhttps://t.co/7QJIj5tXBR
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 16, 2016
I must say that I’ve been waiting for this development with more interest than most. Yes, I’m a Back To The Future fan, but I’m also someone who lives with a disability that can, on bad days, make it difficult to put on my shoes and tie the laces. Needless to say, these shoes can be of massive assistance to people with disabilities and mobility issues that may prevent them from doing a simple act that able-bodied people take for granted.