Can you imagine yourself buying a pair of Nike sneakers that you tie yourself and not begin to imagine how it works? Yeah, the Mindtribe guys, an engineering company from San Francisco, either. The difference is that they can afford to take the $ 700 HyperAdapt from Nike sneaker and detonate it to discover the mysterious system behind the technology first imagined in the Back to the Future trilogy.
The MindTribe team decided to investigate what was behind HyperAdapt’s compact automatic tightening system and, looking at the inner parts of the shoe, came up with some conclusions that might point to what’s ahead in this type of technology. One of the pieces, for example, was a “peripheral connector, which has several unoccupied pins and even a three-prong header coming out of it, with nothing connected at the other end.” The suggestion of the engineering company is that this could be a sign of a modular system with peripherals still to come.
One possible use for the part would be in integration with the Nike sneaker + running application, whose possibility the manufacturer has already admitted. The portal, by the way, goes even further in the imagination and hypothesizes about a system of kinetic footwear recharge, which would be done as one walked with HyperAdapt.
The MindTribe inspection also found an ARM Cortex M4 mobile processor, mainly used in microcontrollers. The presence of this integrated circuit can also point to some complement of the technology since it is somewhat convincing for a “pure” tennis that binds itself.
The HyperAdapt was released in November last year, inspired by the Air Mag shoes worn by Marty McFly in the second film in the trilogy Back to the Future In. It features an internal shoelace system and a pressure sensor on the sole. When we place our feet inside the shoes, the laces are tightened according to an “algorithmic pressure equation,” and we can adjust them using a few buttons.
LEDs indicate when they need to be recharged. Each recharge, according to Nike sneaker, takes around three hours, and the autonomy is about two weeks. To recharge, just place a magnetic holder similar to solutions made for smartwatches.
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