Nike's Self-Tying Sneakers

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Launches tomorrow, Jayson Tatum is in the early promo video. You'll need a smartphone and an app to tie your shoes.

https://sneakernews.com/2019/01/14/nike-adapt-bb-basketball-shoe-release-date/
Nike recently posted a short teaser video that showed some of basketball’s brightest young stars like Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma, and De’Aaron Fox trying the shoes on
https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/01/14/nike-teases-tuesday-reveal-of-new-iphone-controlled-self-lacing-shoes
Nike has said little else about the shoes except that they're based on 2016's HyperAdapt 1.0, priced at $720. Reports have suggested that the follow-up will cost about $350, which is still expensive for sneakers but may attract more people wanting to be on the cutting edge of sports gear or fashion.
 

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Does anyone disagree that this internet of things movement is supremely dumb? Am I just old at 29 already?
I'm a software engineer. The S in "IOT" stands for security. People think that because they can't physically break into a computer that its impossible to virtually do so, and they're wrong. Every time you hear of a DDOS attack, its probably coming from compromised IOT devices. The industry needs legislation a decade ago and won't until it becomes a huge problem.

If it's not this, I'll be very disappointed

They are, and its even cooler than you think.
a) Tinker Hatfield designed and built the original prop shoes for the movie. He also went on to design most of the Air Jordans. He worked at Nike for years, and the Electric Adaptalbe Reaction Lacing (EARL) was his "I want to find a way to actually make this work" side project for years.
b) for the 30th anniversary of the movie, on the date Marty McFly goes to the future in the movie, they gave an actual pair of the shoes to Michael J Fox.
c) Tinker and his work are really cool, and if you want to know more, there's an episode of Abstract: The Art of Design on Netflix on him and the EARL project.
d) This stuff now is the latest generation of this technology, and it looks cool.
 

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Does anyone disagree that this internet of things movement is supremely dumb? Am I just old at 29 already?
Agreed. I'm not digital, I'm all Analog in my life



I'm a software engineer. The S in "IOT" stands for security. People think that because they can't physically break into a computer that its impossible to virtually do so, and they're wrong. Every time you hear of a DDOS attack, its probably coming from compromised IOT devices. The industry needs legislation a decade ago and won't until it becomes a huge problem.
Legislation isn't the answer. The answer is we're truly screwed. I'm in security as well and it's bleak from hospitals to the power grid to thermostats and it's not getting better.
 

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Agreed. I'm not digital, I'm all Analog in my life





Legislation isn't the answer. The answer is we're truly screwed. I'm in security as well and it's bleak from hospitals to the power grid to thermostats and it's not getting better.
It's also possible/likely that this is a gen1 issue. More migration of IOT being cloud connected only means lower mass security risks. It's a great use of AI/ML as well. Once 90% of data is routed via the cloud, detecting attack patterns in realtime will be pretty straightforward. There have been lots of existential technology threads in first gen products and we're all still here.

On topic, I hope these expand beyond basketball and into other sports. These could be really useful in golf where much of the community is elderly and getting elderly-er.
 

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This is a godsend for people with disabilities.
This is definitely true, and while I can't substantiate it, I've heard that a lot of seemingly-ridiculous products of the "HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU" variety were conceived for disabled people. Marketing to the general public, either as a novelty or a legitimate need, helps make them economically viable.
 

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No smartphone is necessary to lace the shoes. The wearer can use a button on the shoe itself (although the app will have the ability to save different fits).

I’m very surprised at how they look. I was expecting more of the BTTF style (non starter fashion wise for me). Probably going to get a pair if I can snag one.

Tatum won’t lace ‘em up tomorrow night as the first player to sport them.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25731539/jayson-tatum-nike-making-lacing-thing-with-hyperadapt-bb
 

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