Nike Announces Second Generation Self Lacing Shoes
Nike today announced they are taking us once again into the future, with the announcement of the Nike Adapt BB, the second generation of Nike's self-lacing shoes we've all been waiting for since watching Back To The Future Part 2.
The new Nike Adapt BB builds on the technology's we saw in the Hyperadapt 1.0 shoes but this time designed for more of a mass market. The original Hyperadapt shoes had a very complicated system on the inside to self tighten the shoes, but Nike has fixed that with this new version announcing the integration of what Nike calls the Lace Engine.
This new Lace Engine is a small self-contained component which includes all the necessary tech to make the shoes work. The Lace Engine contains the motor used to tighten the single cable in the shoe, a full battery pack, Bluetooth module, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, and the wireless charging coil. All of this is packaged together making it far easier for Nike to build this technology into other shoes in the future.
Diving more into this Lace Engine, the battery will last 10 - 14 days according to Nike, and charges using a specially designed wireless charging pad. Nike says it's not Qi charging, but its a very similar technology, so don't expect to place your new shoes on the charging pad next to your iPhone.
The shoes also can monitor the wearers' blood pressure and foot temperature so if your feet begin to swell up during a workout or basketball game, the shoes will automatically adjust the tightness to fit your feet better. This means you won't have to stop your game and untie and retie your shoes.
When a player steps into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing is able to pull 32 pounds of force (roughly equal to that of a standard parachute cord) to secure the foot throughout a range of movement. - Nike
The new Nike Adapt BB's are available for pre-order starting today and will be available in Nike stores starting on February 17th for a price of $350 USD. You might be thinking that's still pretty expensive for a pair of self-lacing shoes, but the first generation HyperAdapt's retailed for a price of $720 USD at launch, so this new version is a significant improvement, and maybe by the third or fourth version the cost of the shoes will be in line with traditional shoes you see in stores.