The awe on people’s faces when the shoes appeared to lace themselves was evidence that there was no substitute for genuine auto-lacing. “We knew where we were going. We knew how we were selling it,” Beers said, adding that simulating the user experience was a fast, inexpensive way Nike Air Huarache Femme of getting answers about how valuable the idea was.The finished shoe uses sensors that can sense tension and the volume of the foot inside. When you put it on, the shoe closes to a comfortable amount of tension, forming around the shape of the wearer’s footA sneaker Nike Air Max Tn Damen isn’t the easiest place to embed an electronic lacing engine. There is limited space, moisture from sweat, and the normal impacts of walking and running.
The team building the HyperAdapt included an electrical engineer, a mechanical engineer, and a maker, who would build Nike Air Max 90 Womens the different concepts. The maker had been making different versions of the HyperAdapt for years, and the main challenge he faced was burnout. His creativity and drive were starting to suffer.
Beers decided to set him an unrelated task that she hoped would restore his enthusiasm Adidas ZX 700 Donnefor the HyperAdapt project, too. He had to make a shoe—any shoe he wanted—that he could run five miles in. “But you cannot use one single material—not even adhesive—from footwear,” Beers told him. “You need to go to Home Depot to supply 100% of your materials.”
He took off, and in a few days Nike Air Max 90 Donne Nero he brought me back a pair of shoes that you would’ve never known the materials were from Home Depot. They were incredible, and he ran five miles in them and they looked great. […] He even incorporated the Home Depot logo in the top of the tongue from one of their bags.Nike Air VaporMax Womens The project reenergized him, and Beers said she’s been using the technique ever since, including in the brief time she spent as an engineer at Tesla.Nobody wants to have to charge a pair of shoes. But Nike needed a way to charge the battery that would power the lacing engine Adidas Hamburg Dames if the HyperAdapt was ever to be a real shoe people would wear over and over.
The Nike staff had plenty of ideas for how to do it. The most popular was kinetic energy—the shoe will simply charge as you walk. But the technology was still being researched in universities and wasn’t Nike Air Max 95 Femme close to being Nike Air Max 2017 Womens mass-produceable.
For assistance, Beers enlisted anyone at the Nike office who felt like helping:
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