Several people have difficulty tying their shoe laces because of Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s or other disabilities. A new set of sneakers from Nike, called HyperAdapt 1.0, are self-lacing shoes that can help people with disabilities tie their own shoe laces without depending on others. Unlike the FLYEASE, which has a zipper to peel the shoe open, HyperAdapt has an electronic self lacing engine that activates when the heel is inserted into the shoe. On activation, the engine, which is placed at the bottom of the shoe, starts tightening the laces until it detects tension around the foot. Buttons are also placed on each side of the shoe that adjust the tightness to match the wearer’s preference.
The shoes have lights built into them that activate when the shoes are tightening the laces. Green light indicates a charged battery, yellow is somewhere in the middle, and red means the shoes need to be charged using a charger that magnetically attaches to the bottom of the shoe. The battery for these shoes last approximately 2 weeks.