If you watched Back to the Future Part II as a kid, then you probably grew up wanting a hover board along with Marty McFly’s self-lacing shoes. Although we are still (hopefully) a few years away from hover boards, Nike has filed a patent for a shoe that strongly resembles Marty’s sneakers from the future. It’s currently unknown when the shoes will hit the market, but the patent shows that Nike is serious about making a lot of us happy by developing the technology. Hit the jump for more details.
The patent for the proposed shoe goes into some more detail by saying that “the automatic lacing system provides a set of straps that can be automatically opened and closed to switch between a loosened and tightened position of the upper. The article further includes an automatic ankle cinching system that is configured to automatically adjust an ankle portion of the upper.”
According to MSNBC, the shoes will work by having you “slip a switch, and the shoe tightens as if you just pulled and tightened conventional laces. The switch activates a motor that rolls or unrolls a spool of wire distributed throughout the shoe. When the spool reels in the wire, the shoe tightens along axis supported by various rods.”
I personally can’t wait to see the finished product. In the meantime, here’s the clip from Back to the Future Part II.