Nike self-lacing shoes put a ton of tech under your feet

– Oh my God, am I gonna break this shoe? Go in there.


(robotic humming) Oh it, it feels me.

Nike's introducing it's second version of it's self-lacing HyperAdaptshoes, the Adapt BB.

And this pair is a lot moreaffordable at 350 dollars, pairs over a Bluetooth, and remembers how tight you like your shoes.

It's a ton of technology packed right under the arch of your foot.

People are probably goingto buy it in droves, just like they do withmost any other Nike shoe, but what does it mean when your shoe acts more like gadget? We wanted to see what they're all about, so we're here today at Nike'scampus to try them out.

(robotic humming) (exhales loudly) Okay, so these are them.

This is a prototype version.

This is not the color waythey're gonna be released in, but I've never worn these before.

I've never worn the first version either.

After all of this hype.

This is kind of hard.

Okay, that's in.

Let's see if I can press some buttons.

(robotic humming)Ohhhhhh.

Now we're tightening.

(robotic humming)Oooh.

It's like giving my foot a hug.

Yeah, that is much tighter.

Can you guys picture LeBron doing this at the sidelines during the game.

Pressing down on his buttons.

Although these were neat to try on, and unlike any other shoe I've ever worn, I'm not convinced self-lacingshoes are the future, so I chatted with Nike visionary, long time designer of the Jordan's, and the creator behind theself-lacing shoe concept, Tinker Hatfield.

– I was invited into theprocess of designing products for Back to the Future II.

It just occurred to me, ashoe that would come alive when you touch it, and it recognizes you, essentially adapts to you, seemed like a very, outthere, futuristic idea, but on the other hand, it also seemed like it would be doableat some point in time.

(robotic beeping and humming) – Power laces, all right! – [Ashley] The Back to theFuture shoe was just a prop.

There were people controlling the shoe through strings below the floor.

Actual self-lacing shoes didn't come out until the Nike Mag's in 2016.

Then a few months later, theHyperAdapt 1.

0's followed.

This third version refineseverything from those two shoes, and gets the HyperAdaptready for a wide release.

– Such a huge amount ofeffort and engineering that went into this motor.

And it's not just theinvention of the motor, but then' it's how it's been finalized so we can build it formany other people to use.

– [Ashley] This motor is keyto making the shoe mainstream.

The HyperAdapt 1.

0 hadtons of cables and wires connecting the laces, motors, and lights.

It was a tangled, delicate set-up.

Compare that to the Adapt BB, where the shoe's technology has been completely re-engineeredfor mass manufacturing.

All the shoe needs to make it smart is it's lacing cable and lace engine.

The cable's threadedthrough the motorized spool you see in the lace engine, which then winds around the spool, making the shoe tighter.

All the techy stuff is in that engine too.

Literally everything.

Of course, you don't thinkabout any of the tech inside when you're wearing the shoes, but that doesn't change the fact that you're walking on topof a lithium ion battery, and a bunch of other electronics.

That's a little scary to me.

Jordan Rice, engineer of HyperAdapt, tells me not to worry though, and he walked me throughhow the team tests the shoes to make sure they won't explode.

– So, we've put it out in the field, we've put it on athletes, we've put it on NCAA athletes, semi-pro athletes, athletes that play professionally overseas and come home for the summer, and then regular athletes playing hoops on a Thursday night.

We literally beat itup really, really hard right over top of thelace engine in the shoe.

– All right, so like, vintage HyperAdapt 2.


– So you mean, like, five years down the line? – Yeah, like five years, Iwore the hell out of mine, but I'm ready to sell them.

– Yeah.

– 'Cause it's it's a bad example.

I can't, it doesn't matterabout the app support or anything, it's just like, I can't tighten the shoes ever again, right? – Yeah, I mean, the shoe is dependent on this lace engine.

There's not a manual lacing method for it.

In terms of battery decay, most of the batteries that you see decay inyour normal devices do so because they're being chargedand discharged every day.

And so, you have acertain number of cycles.

You go through 365 of thoseon your phone in a year.

It would take you a very long time, at 10 to 14 days battery life, to go through 365 on these.

– [Ashley] Jordan thinksthe shoe isn't going to die anytime soon.

And anyway, the shoe is smart enough that it will always saveenough battery to unlace.

Worst case scenario though, you can check your batterylife through the app, and control some other things.

– Pair it over Bluetooth, and then it'll do a quicktighten, loosen on your feet to sense, kind of, the optimal setting.

Once you have a setting you like, you can also set a mode and save it.

– Self-lacing shoes area really interesting idea that anyone who geeksout on tech or sneakers will probably want to try.

Personally, I'm not going torush out to buy these shoes, because I'm not a sneakerhead, and I'm not a basketball player.

These just aren't the rightshoes for me right now.

But Nike really seems tobelieve these are the future.

– We've learned how tomake shoes a lot better, so they don't stretch as much, but they want a, everybodywants fresh, new shoes all the time.

Our next goal will be to make this in more colors and more styles.

If somebody switched shoes, we would like them to.



And they would probably liketo switch to another shoe that has the same technology in it.

– Nike clearly has granderplans for this technology, and you can even seehints of it in the name.

Adapt BB stands for adapt basketball, so in the future, a different kind of shoe might have a differentname, like a running shoe might be Adapt R, or something like that.

But even if this adaptive fit technology doesn't take off, it'snot the end of the world.

Nike will go on and so will laces.

– And we'll make sure thatthere's still cool shoes, even 20 years from now that have laces.

Can we shake on that? – Yeah, we'll hold you to it.

– Hold me to it if I'm still kicking.

– (laughs) Oh my gosh.

Dark note to end on.

– Oh, dark, yes.

– Hey, thanks for going on this self-lacing journey with me.

Tell me in the comments, do you want to wirelesslycharge your shoes? Do you hate tying your shoes? Lemme know.

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