Monday, 21 March 2016

Nike's HyperAdapt 1.0: Would You Wear One Of These?

What's your take on this adaptive lacing (self-tying) technology thingy? *shaking my head* I don't really know sha, but for now let's focus on what it's all about. Have you met Nike? Then you must know that the brand has a number of products - athletic footwear, sports equipments - accrued to its name and much more, a myriad of sneaker brand editions.

Following last October's "Back to the Future" Day's event, where popular Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and advocate, Michael J. Fox, teamed up with Nike to hint us on what was to come with the self-lacing Nike Mags, Nike finally announced the mass production shoe that features real life power-laces. This announcement was made at the Nike Innovation Summit. Now, meet the HyperAdapt 1.0 with adaptive lacing (self-tying) technology.

Just to drift a little, you remember that 1989 movie, yeah? Well, I only got to see it much later though, but in the movie sequel, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) went into the future precisely October 21 2015 and was amazed to find flying cars, self-tying sneakers and hovering skateboards. You remember yeah?

Well, that's the story behind the whole Back to the Future day thingy. Anyways, the shoe is scheduled for release during the coming holiday season (November to early January). The shoes, "they" say automatically tightens around your feet when you put them on and makes reassuring sounds as they adjust themselves to your feet. The company says it's making this technology a whole new platform for sneakers, which means that in the near future your Jordan or Air Max or FlyKnit shoes could all be built on Nike's adaptive lacing technology.

At this point, I must say I don't really know if I'm cool with my shoes lacing themselves... What if there's a malfunction while the shoes are on my feet? Is there a possibility, the shoes system can be hacked? Okay maybe I'm just taking this too far. Hacked?.. Shoe system??.. Really???.. Okay, do not listen to me. I guess this is just technophobia talking... or maybe not. So let's look again at how this really works. The shoes will automatically tighten as soon as you step into them. Your heel hits a sensor causing the system to automatically tighten. There are two buttons on the side to tighten or loosen it so you can adjust it until it's perfect. Okay I think I could do with that. I think I can. *me nodding in somewhat an approving manner*.

The pricing hasn't been announced yet, but the company says that it will only make the product available for sale to members of Nike+, which is their new all-in-one products and events app. This app gives members all-access pass to Nike's products and events and also offers a personal store stocked with performance product recommendations and reserved invitations to their favorite sneakers, information on latest Nike releases and more. Nice! I think I'm having a change of heart concerning this technology already.

Technology is just evolving so fast that you just think of something and it's already there or you don't even have to think of it, you just wake up one morning to find something out of the ordinary, something you never thought possible. Well, if you're skeptical about such technological advancements and more, just be rest assured, there's a whole lot more to come. And for those of you who are here in Africa and you're wondering, "Oh God, when are we going to get to such technological Heights in these parts? Just know that Nothing Is Impossible, not for the man who Believes, and certainly, most definitely, not for God.

So be Inspired. Believe! There's more to You than meets the eye.

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