Nike’s futuristic Adapt BB shoes can be controlled by your smartphone
January 20, 2019

You can also customize the LED lights.

Ever since Nike revealed the self-lacing shoes originally seen in Back to the Future Part II, many have been expecting what Nike’s next shoes would look like and how futuristic it would be. That is now a reality with Nike’s official announcement of the Adapt BB, a new pair of self-lacing shoes that can be controlled by a smartphone.

This awesome pair is able to constantly adjust the laces hence the name. There are also LED lights built inside the Adapt BB that you can customize to any color that you want. An app that you install on your smartphone (iOS and Android compatible) will connect via Bluetooth on the Adapt BB so you can customize its features. Nike’s Adapt BB also include a wireless charger in the package, so your shoes are always ready to go.

As for the self-lacing feature, Nike explains it on the press release: “When a player steps into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing is able to pull 32 pounds of force (roughly equal to that of a standard parachute cord) to secure the foot throughout a range of movement.”

The Adapt BB does look nice, but certain questions remain for users who are interested in getting it: will the app be always needed to control the shoes? Will the technology last as long as the shoes? What if that breaks? Will it be unwearable?

Nike’s Adapt BB will retail for $350 and releases next month.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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