Nike finally revealed its forthcoming HyperAdapt 1.0 shoe during the sportswear brand’s annual Innovation Summit this past March. With just the touch of a button, the groundbreaking sneaker’s nylon laces will contract and loosen, hence the acronym “E.A.R.L.” that stands for Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing that is emblazoned on the tongue of the shoe.
According to a tweet from Nike’s Heidi Burgett, the self-lacing sneakers inspired by the shoes worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future II will finally be available to the public on November 28, 2016. Nike will begin selling the HyperAdapt 1.0 for “experience and purchase” but only in select Nike locations in the US. The price is still unknown but expect it to be expensive.
As reported in a Wired feature on the shoe’s development, each shoe has an internal cable system made from fishing line and a pressure sensor in the sole. The cables tighten based on “an algorithmic pressure equation” when the shoe is put on and this fit can be adjusted throughout the day with a pair of buttons near the tongue.
When the shoe is tightening and it is on low battery, the LEDs in the heel will light up. This means that it has to be charged and it takes three hours for a full charge and it lasts about two weeks. Nike also provided a magnetic clip-on charge similar to that used by Apple Watch. It is also worth noting that Nike put the thick nylon laces on the top of the sneakers to make it more appealing but they are not what is keeping the shoe hugged to the foot.
Nike has been teasing these shoes for years now, first auctioning off a non-functional pair which were replicas of the Back to The Future props in 2011. Then, last October, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield sent a working prototype to Fox himself. In March this year, the company announced a more streamlined-looking consumer version actually intended for the mass market, and these are the HyperAdapts that go on sale in November.
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