Proof That We Now Live in the Future: Self-Lacing Sneakers

By Joseph Calamia | July 7, 2010 11:11 am

At the end of Back to the Future, Doc Brown and Marty McFly use their time-traveling DeLorean to race off to the mysterious world of October 21, 2015. Unless things change drastically over the next five years, it doesn’t look like we’re headed for the neon-colored world portrayed in the second film (perhaps McFly messed up history) but it looks like we’ll at least have the awesome sneakers.

Blake Bevin has posted instructions on how to make a pair of McFly’s automatic-lacing Nike sneaks on the Instructables website. He used an Arduino microcontroller which looks a little less than futuristic clamped to the sneaker’s heel, but certainly gets the job done. With Gizmodo’s post, the video went viral yesterday.

As Bevin says on Instructables:

“Operation is quite simple — step into the shoe and a force sensor reads the pressure of your foot and activates two servo motors, which apply tension to the laces, tightening the shoe.”

The shoes are great, but, given the choice, a hoverboard would be that much cooler. Unless, you’re racing on water, of course.

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