…from “Back to the Future” Became Reality
Anyone who has seen “Back to the Future” surely remembers the legendary hoverboard, self-drying jacket, and of course the self-lacing shoes of Marty McFly. At least Oded Kariti, a science engineer and “Back to the Future” fan does. Over time, the Nike Mag shoes have become one of the most popular products in film history, and on October 21st, 2015, the very day that Marty McFly traveled to the future in “Back To The Future Part II,” Nike made the iconic self-lacing sneakers a reality.
Namely, as part of the celebration for the Back to the Future Day, Marty McFly or Michael J. Fox posted a picture wearing the real-life version of Nike’s iconic self-lacing sneakers. For years now, Nike has teased the release of the illusive sneakers, and although the 2011 version helped raise millions of dollars for the Fox’s Parkinson Campaign, and looked almost identical to the film version, including electroluminescent lighting, the power laces which were the main feature of the sneakers, were missing. Nevertheless, as Oded Kariti explains in his text about wearables, it was all for a good cause, as the limited edition of Nike Air MAG which was auctioned on eBay, managed to raise $4.7 million to help Parkinson’s research, the disease that Michael J. Fox has been fighting for years.
Being a huge fan of the film, Oded Kariti has been waiting for these at the 2016 MWC, and now we are closer than ever from the official release. The sneakers were created by Tinker Hatfield, the same man who created the most legendary Air Jordan sneakers. They also feature a power lacing system same as the one shown in the movie. As a scientist himself, Kariti believes that the new technology invented will benefit all athletes, as well as those who may have difficulty tying their shoes. That means that the sneakers can be a great asset for people with disabilities or those who may lack fine motor control. The technology used for the creation of these sneakers gives a stylish, high-tech option to replace traditional laces. An official statement given by Nike’s CEO revealed that the HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers will be available for experience and purchase by November 28, 2016.