The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first self-lacing – or adaptive lacing in Nike’s terms – brings those Back to The Future shoes worn by Michael J. Fox to life.
“When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side of the shoe to tighten and loosen the lacing. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”
Nike says that the shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. They went on to say that it challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.
According to Tinker Hatfield, “Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it.” “We’re able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.”