By Chris Scott Barr
Back to the Future promised us a lot of cool technologies in the year 2015. Of course with only five years to go, it doesn’t look like we’ll have flying cars, hoverboards or Mr. Fusion. We may, however, see those self-lacing shoes that Marty McFly sported on his trip to the future. (Let us hope that they’re a bit more stylish at least.)
One Instructables user was tired of waiting for Nike to develop the self-lacing technology, so she did it herself. It operates as follows: “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. A touch switch reverses the servos.”
It may be a bit bulky for practical use, but it’s one hell of a start. I’m positive that by the year 2015 these could be made small enough to be easily concealed, and Nike could be stuffing them in every shoe they make. If you’re content with the design as it is, or want to try and improve on it, she has listed step-by-step instructions over on Instructables.