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The Future Is Here: Meet The First Commercial Self-lacing Shoe, The Nike Hyperadapt 1.0

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Back To The Future and its sequels were insanely good movies when they hit movie theaters around the world in the mid 80’s. A good 26 years later, the film still holds up, thanks to the fantastic efforts of Robert Zemeckis and their version of 2015. While the real-world version of the future doesn’t have flying cars and hover boards, we’re at least getting one aspect of Zemeckis’ vision of the future, courtesy of Nike: self-lacing shoes.

Read: Check out Nike’s Back To The Future Kicks

While that doesn’t sound as awesome as flying through the air in our cars, laughing maniacally as we leave EDSA traffic behind, self lacing shoes are still pretty dope. Nike’s Hyperadapt 1.0 are the first ever commercially viable examples of the self-lacing shoe, inspired of course, by Marty McFly’s Nike Mags, which was offered as a limited edition product that not everybody could buy. The Hyperadapt 1.0 is different beast, and don’t resemble McFly’s spiffy kicks in the slightest.

Which is a good thing, since Hyperadapt 1.0 is supposed to be worn like a regular shoe, not hidden behind a glass counter somewhere to elicit envy from less fortunate sneaker heads. But both shoes share similar DNA – they both rely on a series of battery-powered pulleys that cinch the throat of the shoe to tighten it, and they’re both obnoxiously loud when they tighten around your feet. Nike claims around two weeks per charge for the batteries that power those pulleys, and once the light on the side turns red, you just attach the wireless chargers on the sole to charge them. Charging takes around 3 hours from 0 to 100.

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There’s a sensor on the bottom of the shoe that registers the wearer’s weight, and while you can adjust the shoe’s tightness yourself via the plus and minus buttons on the side, the shoe doesn’t automatically adjust the tightness of the shoe for your walking comfort. But that’s coming, later – Nike’s envisioning a whole host of Nike wearables that would interact with each other, giving the wearer maximum comfort depending on what they’re doing and what their body is telling their clothes. No price yet for these sick pair of kicks – though we’d expect it to cost a pretty penny.

We still want our hoverboards though.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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