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Nike’s Self-Lacing Sneakers Will Soon Hit the Stores

Remember the self-tying shoes worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future II movie? Nike was rumored to develop real-life sneakers for years, but now they are going to hit the stores. Nike is going to release Self-lacing sneakers named Hyperadapt 1.0, with a limited release beginning on 28th November at selected Nike locations.

Heidi Burgett, the company’s PR Director, tweeted that the “Hyperadapt 1.0 will hit the stores in the US at selected Nike retailer locations. Appointments to experience and purchase are available from 28.11.2016.”

EasyJet Unveils Sneakairs Smartshoes To Guide Tourists Around Cities Without Gluing To Maps
Hyperadapt 1.0 has an internal cable in the fishing line and also pressure sensor on the sole. It was designed with ‘algorithmic pressure equation’ so that cables will be tightened when you put your foot into the shoe.

There are buttons on the side to tighten and loosen the grip. It will be available in two colors, white and black. The shoes are pretty sophisticated with LEDs on the heel, which lightens up when shoes are tightening and also when the battery is low means you have to charge the shoes.

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It will take not more than three hours to charge, and it lasts up to two weeks. This pressure sensor will activate the self-lacing technology in the heel, and it automatically conforms the shape of the foot.

The magnetic clip-on charger will be provided to top the shoe battery life. You can see the thick nylon laces on top of the sneakers, and they are just visual aids. There is no announcement has made up to now about the price tag of the Nike Hyperadapt 1.0, but you have to expect they won’t be available at low price.

EasyJet Unveils ‘ Sneakairs’ Smartshoes To Guide Tourists Around Cities Without Gluing To Maps

We are living in a modern world where everything is updating and becoming smart. Starting from the mobile phones to wearables like watches, goggles, t-shirts. Now shoes also being added to this list. Yes easyJet, a British low-cost airline had developed a pair of prototype smartshoes named ‘Sneakairs’.

It will help the passengers navigating the city and in reaching their destinations in a unique manner. Sneakairs would produce vibrations to alert the passenger in which direction to turn and when to stop. If the user has to turn right, a vibration is triggered in the right shoe and the left shoe would produce vibration in the case of a left turn.

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Two vibrations mean that the user had missed a turn and three vibrations would suggest the user had reached his destination. The shoes are fitted with a tiny Arduino clone, low power consuming Bluetooth transmitter and a small vibration motor which are placed in a plastic casing inside their soles.

The Smartshoes are connected with the Smartphone’s GPS via Bluetooth and it enables signal transmitting between the wearable and the mobile phone. It eradicates the burden of continuous looking into the Maps and allows the tourists to look up and enjoy the sights. The technology was developed in collaboration with a company called D6.

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This isn’t the first smartshoes, earlier a company had unveiled shoes featuring a large E-ink panel that would change its colour according to the selection and mood of the user.

Peter Duffy, marketing director of easyJet, stated that “We are looking at making this technology available for purchase on board in the future, offering a very practical solution to those passengers who want to relax visiting a new place without the need of a map and enjoy every moment while they explore a new city.”

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The European company had also developed cabin crew uniforms last November which are assisted with LED light systems displaying flight information and having featured with microphones for communication between the pilot and other staff during emergencies.

Sneakairs were going through early stage tests around Barcelona, naming as Barcelona street project which proved to be quite successful. The easyJet would soon avail these smart wearables to passengers on their flights.

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