"Back to the Future Part II," a light-hearted 1980s film about time travel, made several predictions about what the future would be like. Over the years we've gotten much closer to the future that the box office hit imagined. Some of the technology, like video calling, is widely used while other inventions like flying cars exist but are not on the market.
Last year the hottest item on everyone's Christmas list was one of the coolest gadgets featured in the movie - a hoverboard! Well, not exactly; self-balancing scooters were widely referred to as hoverboards. However, this Christmas season the real deal is on the way when it comes to the shoes featured in the film. After months of hype, the biggest shoe company in the world is finally delivering.
Just in time for holiday shopping Nike is releasing self-lacing sneakers, called HyperAdapt 1.0, for "experience and purchase" on November 28. Although this happens to be the Monday after Thanksgiving, also known as Cyber Monday, we doubt there will be any deals or discounts on this hot ticket item. Nike hasn't even said how much they'll cost, but there will most likely be more details as we get closer to the release date.
They have sensors in the heel so they tighten when you step into them. You can adjust the fit at the push of a button. The lights in the shoes tell you the status of the battery, which stays charged for about two weeks. Wired filmed a cool demonstration video with Nike's Vice President of Creative Concepts Tinker Hatfield, who designed the shoe and Senior Innovator Tiffany Beers, who engineered the mechanics.
This combination of engineered and high-fashion shoes is 30 years in the making. Hatfield created the concept of the original shoes used in the movie. He took the assignment seriously and decided to create the real thing. Click here to read more about the journey from imagination to actualization.
There were quite a few false starts and false alarms leading up to this point. In March, Nike teased us with a first look at the shoes and a press release on New.Nike.com. But the company hadn't talked about it until a few days prior to when Nike PR Heidi Burgett posted this on Twitter.
According to Forbes, Nike sold 1,500 pairs of replica shoes (that didn't have power laces) in 2011. The limited edition shoes raised money for the Michael J. Fox. Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. It's very fitting that the HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes could help children and adults with mobility difficulties, such as Parkinson's disease.