Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Self-lacing shoes are actually here

Self-lacing shoes have hit the market!

Back in 2010, Through the Sole wrote that Nike had patented technology for self-lacing shoes. Earlier this week, those shoes hit the market, the NIKE HYPERADAPT 1.0.

Here's how the sneakers work. When you place your foot in them and stand-up, there is a sensor that automatically tightens them. Then, there are buttons to tighten or loosen them, according to Nike. The sneakers need to be charged and come with charging pucks and an adapter.

The idea of self-lacing sneakers was first shown in the movie Back to the Future 2.

Nike says the self-lacing is more than just a cool use of technology, the sneakers allow athletes to make adjustments quickly without slowing them down.

The sneakers retail for $720.

Popsugar recently got to try a pair out and said you cannot feel the batteries in the sole. The tester liked them for both training and running.

Nike isn't the only one trying self-lacing shoes. Puma is coming out with the Autodisc, also a self-lacing sneaker.

Engadget recently got a pair. It is unknown when the Puma Autodisc will be available to the public or for how much.

However, there are some new features compared with Nike. The mechanical part is in the upper, instead of the sole, providing a more flexibility. Also, the sneakers have bluetooth connectivity allowing them to connect to a smartphone app, which can be used to set the desired tightness or let you know when the battery is low.

The Autodiscs do not automatically tighten like Nike's pair does. Instead, you have to press a button.

What do you think of self-lacing sneakers? Are they worth the price?

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