Nike Hyperadapt Shoes With Power Laces
We have finally arrived in the future as Nike has made their first sport shoes with auto-tying or power laces. Nike shoes with power laces were originally shown in the movie “Back to the Future 2” in 1989. The new shoes are Nike Hyperadapt 1.0, which use a system called Electro-Adaptive Reactive Lacing (EARL). There is a sensor in the heel which is triggered when the foot hits it, automatically tightening the laces when you put on the shoe.
You can manually set the intensity of the tightening of the laces by using + or – buttons that are on the side of the shoe.
Nike’s senior innovator and the project’s technical lead Tiffany Beers explained that the EARL system is powered by an in-shoe battery with a lifespan of “about two weeks” between charges. The battery will also power a blue LED light in the base of the shoe, which not only looks cool but also acts as a battery life indicator.
Nike Hyperadapt shoes use a system called Electro-Adaptive Reactive Lacing (EARL)
Nike is not the only company to implement a power lacing technology. Powerlace also has power laces, but their solution works differently than Nike’s. The Powerlace system is mechanical rather than electrical.
Nike’s EARL system is aimed at athletes and will allow them to quickly make precise “micro-adjustments” to reduce slippage, or pressure from tight laces, during exercise. “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver?” said Nike designer Tinker Hatfield. “That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”
Nike Hyperadapt shoes are not available for purchase yet, and Nike has not announced how much they will cost, or even their exact release date, but they should be available sometime in the Fall of 2016.The trainers will come in three colours – white, grey and black – and will be available to Nike+ members first. I’m guessing that you won’t get them for a bargain price.