Self-Lacing Sneakers?

Nike’s Plans For “Back To The Future” Self-Lacing Sneakers — via Deadspin.com

Remember the self-lacing shoes that Marty McFly put on in Back to the Future 2 when Doc Brown brought him into the future to save his son from getting arrested? He stepped out of the DeLorean and Doc handed him a jacket and shoes. He slipped the shoes on, pressed the button and they tightened around his feet.

This could be reality soon. Nike has filed a patent to make these shoes 5 years before it was destined to be reality along with the flying cars and no door handles on all houses. Here is a quote:

“The automatic lacing system provides a set of straps that can be automatically opened and closed to switch between a loosened and tightened position of the upper. The article further includes an automatic ankle cinching system that is configured to automatically adjust an ankle portion of the upper.”

And check out this video:

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For clarification, the above video is NOT from Nike but a DIY video found on YouTube.  Nike would not sell shoes with a huge motor in the back lol.

Cool eh? Now if we can just get to work on those flying cars, door handles, tv screen windows,fax machines in every room including the closet and bathrooms, pizza hydraters, hovering wheelchairs, hover boards and everything else we will be set.

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Bicycle Of The Future

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Check out this new bicycle concept by Marten Wallgren who won the award for best concept in the competition called “Future City Mobility”.

This is a concept for the future so basically in 20 years you might see this in London Gardens which they say is a bus and bicycle only zone.

They don’t really give out much information as to how to obtain one of these bicycles other than showing pictures.  You go to the bus stop where you see all of these bicycles in a tree which stores the bikes.  I can only assume that these are all rentals because they each have a number on them like a license plate number.

When you are riding it you are building up the battery power with your peddling power.  If you are peddling while sitting straight up as if you are on a beach cruiser you are building 1x the battery.  If you are more leaning forward in a faster racing type of mode you are building 3x the battery.  If you are sitting up and letting the motor do all the work you are using the battery instead.

How this helps you out though is by you building up the battery to 100% when you get in a taxi or bus with a holder for this bike you get a free ride if you let the vehicle drain your battery.  I’m not so sure about a free taxi ride but definitely a free bus ride.

This is a neat concept but 2030 is a long way away and it’s possible that this is going to be a London only idea or perhaps it will be copied over to the US and everywhere else in the world before too long.

It will be especially neat if we get our flying cars by 2030 then there won’t be any cars to compete with on the roads because they will all be up in the air.