Nike debuts self-tying shoes
FINALLY, no more angst over tying your own shoelaces, only to find them too loose or tight.
United States sporting goods giant Nike has unveiled its first shoe that ties itself.
Laces that are too loose or tight can be adjusted with a push of a button. Nike calls the feature "adaptive lacing".
The HyperAdapt 1.0 will go on sale at the end of the year.
It works by utilising sensors at the heel to activate the lacing when a foot slips into the shoe.
Two buttons on the side of the shoe can be pressed to loosen or tighten the lacing.
The shoes, which take about three hours to be fully charged, run on batteries and come with an inductive charge system and magnetic cup.
A light blinks when the battery is running low.
Nike's star designer Tinker Hatfield said during a presentation on Wednesday that the company is working on other innovations that will provide automatic adjustments.
Already, Nike launched a limited-edition shoe last year with "power laces" that adapt to the wearer's motion, the Nike Mag, inspired by the film Back To The Future, Part II.
It will be available only via auction this year, with all proceeds going to the non-profit Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research.