Tying shoe laces is a mind puzzle for little kids. For grown-ups, it’s a bit of a grumpy bother. Most of us have wished at some point that the shoes be granted a superpower that lets them tie themselves. Well, a real pair of self tying sneakers, called the HyperAdapt 1.0, has been invented just now, by Nike.
The HyperAdapt 1.0 from Nike
The HyperAdapt 1.0 possesses a magical quality that needs no bowing down to your feet every day. The idea for this exceptional footwear came from the 1985 hit movie, back to the Future, Part II. The cool MAG sneakers of Marty McFly from the movie were the first inspiration behind this invention.
The HyperAdapt 1.0 has no traditional laces. You just introduce your foot the shoes. It immediately responds, lighting up in a bright blue orb. As you place your foot firmly on the sole, you hear a tiny whizz. Almost robotic. In moments, the shoe is worn, snugly. Actuators have been embedded inside the shoe. The shoe lights up when you wear them, sensing the pressure from your heels. With the pressure monitors, the soles and the fishing line lining inside, delicately hug your feet according to your feet shape. The tightened shoes grasp your feet well, eliminating the need to tie or button it up. One button can be seen on either side of the shoes; these buttons provide fine tuning according to your preferences. With the buttons, you can tighten or loosen more as needed, on the go. A pair of LED lights is also seen at the heel. However, they are not simply for decoration. They indicate the charge left in the shoe’s battery. These sneakers need to be charged wirelessly to function. A charge of three hours should last for two weeks, according to the company. The laces outside the shoes are just for decoration, sadly.
The Revolutionary Tech from Nike
Each HyperAdapt 1.0 has a motor, sensor, battery and cable system that jump to work on the touch of your heels. Standard 200 pound fishing line has been used to grip the feet as it has the most strength with the least friction. The upper layer of the shoe features the 2014 breakthrough FlyWeave Technology, in which the upper part is completely made of pliable, soft polyester. This soft layer enables embedded tightening cables, reducing friction and feeling great. The invention doesn’t just simply reduce a little tying chore from your day. It has been powerfully designed for the best possible support for your feet at all times, even during intense games.
“Here’s a thing that I believe, and I think it’s been scientifically proven: If your feet are not healthy, there’s kind of a chain reaction, and your entire body can get out of whack,” says Mr. Hatfield from Nike. Take pro basketball players: “If you’re playing for three hours, there might be only an hour of it when you actually need your sneakers tight. The rest of the time, when you’re standing around for free throws, jump balls, sitting on the bench, you should loosen your shoes up.” But NBA players don’t do that, he says – “so day after day after day they’re torturing their feet, and they’re becoming less and less healthy.”
The lace like thingys on the tongue are nylon bands, actually. They contract and expand as the shoe adjusts. They give the wearer a visual cue of how tight or lose the shoe is, in addition to how they feel.
These miraculous pairs of sneakers are the brainchild of Mr. Tinker Hatfield and Ms. Tiffany Beers. Hatfield designed the iconic Air Jordan and Air Max line for Nike and Beers is a senior innovator that is hugely responsible for these adaptive sneakers coming true. It took nearly 28 years of brainstorming and 11 years of research and development, sprinkled with numerous false starts, blown deadlines, countless prototypes, redesign and testing to perfect this little wonder. The first public debut of this technology was seen on Oct 21st, last year. The HyperAdapt 1.0 is an improved, more ‘technical’ version than the debut and is also closer to the ‘sport style’ that Mr. Hatfield originally imagined. Ms. Beers is continuously working to improve the shoes.
The HyperAdapt 1.0 will be revealed in three colours, black, white or gray and is exclusively available only for Nike+, the company’s fitness app. It will be on sale in the US by the end of November. It’s only for serious buyers though – You need an appointment to get to try on the shoes. A pair of these shoes has been priced at $720.