They may not look pretty with it's crazy colors, and that big distracting mechanical contraption slapped on the back of the shoe, but the Power Laces from Back To The Future II are one step closer to actually happening! This is only the beginning, you have to start somewhere. By the the year 2015 these things should actually be available, and hopefully looking a lot better.
Inspired by 'Back to The Future II', this project is less 'Practical' than 'Proof of Concept', but hopefully it'll tide you over until Nike comes out with something more polished.
This was also the first time I worked with an Arduino microcontroller, and I wanted to get some experience with the little guy.
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. A touch switch reverses the servos.
Regardless of how ugly these things are, they're still pretty damn cool. Check out more images of the power laces shoes below along with a little video and tell us what ya think!