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Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 Are Real Power-Lacing Shoes Coming Next Year

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Nike Innovation Summit 2016

Nike Innovation Summit 2016

Nike just announced the HyperAdapt 1.0–the first mass production sneakers to boast real life self-tying laces–at their Nike Innovation Summit today.

The new line of footwear is noticeably different than the Nike Mags made famous by Back To The Future, but perhaps the biggest is the fact that you’re actually going to be able to buy a pair of these. Because unlike the Nike Mags, they’re not going to cost you somewhere between $5K-$10K.

They’re also not going to be called “power laces.” The official term is “adaptive lacing.”

The final price of the HyperAdapts haven’t been released by Nike yet, but the company did announce that they will only be available to users of Nike+. In turn, Nike+ is being rebranded as their all-in-one product and events app.

Check out the introduction video from Nike below.


How They Nike Hyperadapt

The way that they work isn’t like the laces you’re used to. Instead, the HyperAdapt shoes use a series of battery-powered cinches that tighten the throat of the shoe. After the wearer puts them on, sensors in the HyperAdapt register their weight and position of the foot inside. “It reads if you’re heavy on your heel or heavy on your forefoot,” Nike’s vice president of design John Hoke says.

Once the shoe has tightened initially, the wearer can then press + or – buttons on the left side of the sneaker to tighten and loosen the shoe. To take the technology another step further, Hoke says that once the shoe has been worn a couple of times, it will automatically adjust to the user’s preferences.

The one downside to the new tech is that the laces are battery-powered, which means that you’ll need to charge them every two weeks.


Why Adaptive Laces, Now?

TechCrunch did try to explain the idea behind adaptive lacing.

In the launch announcement, Nike touted the self-tying shoes as a way to reduce a typical athlete concern, distraction.

So, to save wearers time, the shoes will automatically tighten as soon as you step into the shoe.

As much as we’d like to say that we can see real application in the sports world, we can’t see it yet. The HyperAdapt’s are mostly for the gimmick, but there’s nothing wrong with that. We’re also not completely sold on the style of the HyperAdapt 1.0. The upside is that it’s a lacing technology, so there’s a good chance we could see it in some of other other favorite kicks.

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