Nike on Tuesday revealed Adapt BB, lace-less sneakers that can be adjusted on the fly using a mobile app, and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum will be the first to wear these in an NBA game. Instead of laces, each shoe sports a “custom motor and gear train” that senses tension and then automatically adjusts to fit snugly around the foot. To loosen or tighten them, simply touch two buttons located on the side of the shoe or slide use the app. “Being one of the first athletes to wear the shoe and being picked as a representative of the future of Nike basketball means a lot. That the app allows the ability to put the shoe on and touch the button, change the colors, see the percentage on the battery…it’s just cool,” said Tatum. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
The new lacing system can produce 32-pounds of force, or about what you would normally feel when pulling a parachute cord, which enables it to stay securely on the foot regardless of how intense your movement. Nike’s VP Creative Director of Innovation, Eric Avar says these shoes will improve the athlete’s experience.”
“With the companion Adapt mobile application, players are able to input different fit settings over the course of a game, as well as change the LED colors on the sneakers. The other benefit to having wireless connectivity in the Adapt BB is that it will support firmware updates, which means it is expected to get extra features and improvements down the road,” reports Engadget.