Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or two, there is no doubt you will have at some point in your life seen the iconic movie trilogy “back to the future”.
The second installment of the franchise in which “Marty McFly” traveled forward in time to the year 2015 and donned a pair of very special sneakers that were dubbed the Nike MAG.
Those sneakers were the must have footwear for most if not every single person that ever had the pleasure to see the movie.
Although those sneakers eventually had a limited release, albeit without the trademark self-lacing function and then it had a few more reproduction releases for enthusiasts. Collectors, there was still the issue of them not living up to the original movie sneakers that were all singing and dancing as soon as the wearer put their foot inside them.
It seems as if the wait is coming to an end for the technology inside them to be released to the masses to rejoice in all of its “self-lace tightening” splendour.
Announced today and due for release in time for the holidays in 2016 are Nikes latest vision of the future, and they’re call Nike Hyper Adapt 1.0.
As soon as the wearer’s heel hits the insole and applies pressure to the sensor the shoe will automatically tighten to a predetermined resistance, but there are also buttons on the side of each shoe to accommodate loosening and tightening to the wearer’s preference.
Nike has said that the technology could bring flexible fit and stretch to future athletic footwear which would allow the sneakers to adapt on the fly dependent on how the users foot is planted or positioned. Currently, the user would have to do all the work when it comes to finding the perfect fit, but it’s a long way from tying bows and knots every time you’re ready to lace up and hit the streets.
It may be the beginning of something immense if it does lead to intelligent footwear and so what if it’s taken the best part of 20 years to bring it to market, the progression of technology in recent years has allowed for this game changer to become an affordable reality for the masses.