The Nike Adapt BB — a self-lacing smart shoe that can be controlled by a smartphone — has been released. It has a motor embedded within the shoe, a hefty $350 US pricetag and wearers will need to give them some time on a wireless charging pad every couple weeks or so. Even with the tech features, it weighs about as much as a more conventional high-end basketball shoe does. “The footwear component of the design, it is intended and it is designed in the same vein as our highest performing basketball products,” said Jordan Rice, part of Nike’s smart systems team that made the Adapt happen. “So higher ability, high life.”Rice said it took almost three years from the concept of the Adapt to go from first drawing to first game, though others would insist the idea goes all the way back to 1989.
The self-lacing shoe was something that Nike developed at the behest of those looking to add futuristic touches to “Back to the Future Part II,” released 30 years ago. In the film Michael J. Fox’s character, Marty McFly, pulls on a pair of grey Nike high-tops that light up and lace themselves at a touch of a button — purportedly the sort of thing that everyone in the world will be wearing in 2015.